For your initial plan- drive time alone would be a good 6-7 hours. Figure about 3 hours for Hearst Castle and 2 or 3 for Pismo. Morro bay is cool (The West Coast Lotus Meet was there a few years ago) and might be worth a hour or two. Then to fit in Big Sur... think that's trying to pack a bit much into one day. Breaking some of that up on the in and out bound legs of the trip would allow you a little time to relax and enjoy it. Maybe save Hearst Castle for the return trip- it would make for a good mid-way point to stop and kick back for a while.
I spent some time and did some research to come up with a new itenerary. Let me know what you guys think. I'd love to know if I'm packing too much into one day or timeframes are realistic (both driving and seeing places). If any of these places are not worth seeing let me know too! I.E. do you just drive through Big Sur and stop along the highway or are there activities to do?
Day 1, Monday October 11
Arrive in LA, pickup car, lunch/dinner with family.
Day 2, Tuesday October 12
Leave Torrance 6 AM for Pismo Beach, stop along the way for breakfast (Santa Barbara)? (3.5 hrs)
Arrive San Luis Obispo 9:30-10:00 AM, ATV at Pismo beach 10:30 to 11:30, eat lunch. Leave 1 PM
Visit Morro Bay from 1-3 (leave at 3 PM)
Drive to Big Sur (3 hrs with stops), stopping at Bixby Bridge and Point Sur Lighthouse. Eat dinner at Nepethane arrive at 6.
Leave for Monterey 7:30 (1 hr) arrive at hotel 8:30
Day 3, Wednesday October 13- Spend day in Monterrey
Early round of golf 7-noon (poppy hills, bayonet and black horse etc, links at Spanish bay?)
Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch 12-1?
17 Mile drive 3-5
Drive to SF (2 hrs) arrive 7 check in, dinner
Day 4, Thursday October 14- Spend day in SF
Fisherman’s Wharf/Ghiaradelli Square/Pier 39 (2 hrs)
Golden Gate Bridge/Golden Gate Park (2 hrs)?
Alcatraz Tour (early bird 9:00 AM) or night tour 6:45 (2.5 hrs)
SF Zoo (2 hrs)
Day 5, Friday October 15
Leave SF 9 AM, back to Monterey/Carmel for lunch
Arrive Monterey/Carmel, eat lunch 11 to 12
Drive to Hearst Castle (2.5 hrs) arrive 2:30
Hearst Castle tour 3 to 5 PM
Hearst Castle to Torrance (5hrs), arrive 10 PM
Day 6 Saturday October 16- San Diego
Leave 7 AM, arrive 9 AM. Zoo 9-12
Golf 1-6 PM (Torrey Pines south)
Dinner/wandering around 6 PM-TBD
, stay night in SD
Day 7 Drive back to LA
10-noon (2 hrs)
Lunch with family
Leave afternoon/evening back to DFW