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NFT: West coast road trip - ideas welcome (SF-LA-SD)

RasputinPrime : 10/10/2018 11:04 pm
Following the end of the baseball playoffs (for me), wifey, baby and I are off on a road trip down the coast. Getting into SF tomorrow afternoon and hoping to stay a few days before making similar stops in LA and SD.

Any advice on how best to make use of the time?
Muir Woods is a lot of fun.  
Boy Cord : 10/10/2018 11:32 pm : link
Sausalito has a spectacular view of the city and GG Bridge. I like strolling through Sausalito, do a little shopping, and getting something to eat with the family.
How long you have  
Shecky : 10/10/2018 11:48 pm : link
In each city and what do you enjoy doing?
RE: How long you have  
RasputinPrime : 10/10/2018 11:58 pm : link
In comment 14118472 Shecky said:
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In each city and what do you enjoy doing?


Taking two weeks to drive around. No specific itinerary or restrictions. Just hoping to squeeze a little fun into each day. It seems like the coast has quite a bit to try to see.
SF Ideas  
Guyton/Jackson : 10/11/2018 12:10 am : link
If you have a few weeks, you can enjoy some range. Some ideas outside SF include:
- Tomales Bay/Pt Reyes Station - cute town, beaches, beautiful drive, and legit oyster farms make this a great day away from the city.
- Wine Country - Napa and Sonoma are typical....off the beaten path would be Dry Creek Valley & Anderson Valley (thatís a bit further...)
- Santa Cruz - go see the vampires

In SF with a kid, I would check out:
- Academy of Sciences
- Discovery Museum
- Baker Beach

Restaurants not to miss:
- Tonyís Pizza - yes, you come to the west cost for pizza.
- SF Taqueria - 24th and York. Youíre welcome.
- Wayfare Tavern - a little nicer, but incredibly good fried chicken
- Hardwater - beautiful wall of bourbon

Sure I can think of more but this should be a good start....
Winchester Mystery House.  
MOOPS : 10/11/2018 12:12 am : link
17 Mile Drive.
Fisherman's Wharf.
Hearst Castle.
For The Drive South From SF, LA & SD  
Trainmaster : 10/11/2018 1:35 am : link
Some famous and not so famous things to do on the drive from San Francisco to San Diego (obviously just an off the top of my head sampling)

Monterey Bay Aquarium: www.montereybayaquarium.org

Hearst Castle (San Simeon): hearstcastle.org/

Town of Cambria: www.cambriachamber.org/

ATV on Sand Dunes Near Pismo Beach https://www.sunbuggy.com/pismo
https://stevesatvrentals.com/pismo-oceano

City of Santa Barbara: https://santabarbaraca.com/plan-your-trip/know-before-you-go/visitors-center/

Coast Village (just south of Santa Barbara): https://www.coastvillageroad.com/

Simi Valley (Reagan Library / Air Force One): https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/permanent-exhibitions/air-force-one/

Los Angeles (have breakfast here): http://www.pantrycafe.com/

Long Beach Battleship USS Iowa: https://pacificbattleship.com/

Cool even without kids (between LA & San Diego): https://www.legoland.com

San Diego: https://www.balboapark.org/





How old is the baby?  
SHO'NUFF : 10/11/2018 2:21 am : link
Are we talking theme parks or no?
On the way down to LA from SF  
TurdFurguson : 10/11/2018 2:42 am : link
Make sure you hop out to route 1 and eat at nepenthe for lunch or dinner in Big Sur (I'd recommend dinner). Great food, simple menu, the view is spectacular.

+1 on Sausalito. Napa & Sonoma I'd pass on with a baby. Much better with an Uber and overnight stay.

Stop at Stanford on the way to the coast. Campus is beautiful, and you're walking distance from downtown Palo Alto which is fun.


Some great wineries in Santa Cruz if you want to do tastings at half the price of Napa and not hear people tell you about their "Cab lover's Chardonnay".
View from a table at Nepenthe  
TurdFurguson : 10/11/2018 2:45 am : link
Not terrible.
Nepenthe - ( New Window )
Very tough to beat Yosemite  
Grey Pilgrim : 10/11/2018 4:10 am : link
You could also hit sequoia national park on the way back.

HTH
Alcatraz is worth the boat ride - self guided tour is excellent.  
GiantsUA : 10/11/2018 8:36 am : link
Carmel is nice - Monterey bay and aquarium are worth seeing. 17 mile drive is really nice
I second  
Marvin Across The sea : 10/11/2018 9:06 am : link
Alcatraz.
RE: How old is the baby?  
RasputinPrime : 10/11/2018 9:27 am : link
In comment 14118498 SHO'NUFF said:
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Are we talking theme parks or no?


Almost 7 months. She's a beautiful smiling decoration that loves nipples at this point.
This is a great place for lunch in sd  
MSanchez : 10/11/2018 1:12 pm : link
https://www.flytorrey.com/the-cafe/
thanks for the suggestions  
RasputinPrime : 10/11/2018 11:54 pm : link
we are arriving in SF tomorrow. Any recommends on places to stay or areas of the city that would be fun to spend a couple of days strolling around?
SF  
Shecky : 10/12/2018 9:12 am : link
walK China town
Trolley ride, because you have to
Tour of the ballpark
Fishermanís wharf
Alcatraz
You can spend days at the park alone
SF is a great city to just randomly take a walk

Take your time driving down to SD. The trip down is the best part. Stop often, explore, no rush!!!! And enjoy

for anyone who hasn't visited  
RasputinPrime : 10/12/2018 5:09 pm : link
San Francisco is nicer than Eureka.

(apologies for any Eurekans)
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