We made a road trip from San Francisco down to San Diego a couple of years ago to attend a trade show. We took advantage of a few days before the show to spend some time driving down Hwy 1 through Big Sur, then on to Santa Ynez. Big Sur is one of my favorite places ever. In April, it's not crowded, and easy to get a cabin at Pfeiffer State Park which is a wonderful little park. We spent a couple of days driving over from their to Andrew Molera State Park to hike the beautiful trails overlooking the Pacific. This is such a dramatic landscape, with the huge waves crashing on the shore far below, and the wind blowing the scents of all the spring wildflowers. April is a beautiful time to visit Big Sur.