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Old 01-28-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I'm wondering where people who call SF home go for fun?

I'm in San Diego and looking for semi-local places to go, other than the ones San Diegans go to.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: STL, but a California native.
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Yosemite is gorgeous--especially in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. I'd avoid Summer...tends to get crowded and the waterfalls are dried up. Gorgeous though.
Lake Tahoe is a great place to go too--especially if you like to ski, snowboard, hike, or mountain bike. Only about 3 hours away.

Or if you like the beach, go up the coast to Mendacino.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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To San Diego. Well, OK, I'm kidding.

There is quite a lot of travel to Tahoe and Yosemite. I actually have had more fun in Sequoia/Kings Canyon than Yosemite (but the bears were everywhere). People go to Monterrey and Big Sur. To the Sonoma Coast and up into Humboldt County (both have great redwoods and are beautiful). Ashland, Oregon would be a drive for you but its awesome! There are great redwoods up by Crescent City (although CC itself is kind of a hole).
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Yosemite
Pismo Beach (ATV Dunes)
Jackson (Jackson Rancheria Casino)
Los Angeles
Tahoe
Las Vegas (not in Cali I know)
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Crescent City - National Redwood Forest - surprise, surprise

Mt Shasta

Venice/Santa Monica/San Diego

Carmel/Monterey

Mendocino County

Humboldt County - many wonderful camping spots and gorgeous views of the ocean
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Ashland, Oregon would be a drive for you but its awesome! There are great redwoods up by Crescent City (although CC itself is kind of a hole).
We were in Applegate Valley almost next door to Ashland until last May. I agree the area is nice, but for that far of a drive, I'd aim for something a little more premium.

There were two of you that mentioned the Crescent City area. About the same distance as Ashland, and the redwoods are grand.

Slightly shorter is Avenue of Giants, and Redwood National Park. I was at Crescent City and RNP last week.

Followed through on my research, and located Hyperion, the tallest tree in the world. Best I know, the image belos is the first .jpg on the internet of that California redwood. Took that with my Canon Powershot last Friday. Decent for an inexpensive G7 minus frills.

This is just the 250 pixel size.



Another suggestion for Yosemite sounded grand.

Wouldn't that be about 1/2 the distance as say Crescent City?

Is Mexico out of the question?
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Santa Cruz, Reno, Tahoe, Yosemite, Mendocino, Eureka, Carmel, Napa, etc
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:01 AM
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Part of why I'd argue QOL is awfully high (and COL is not so high when fully valued) in much of CA, esp in SF or LA regions, is that one has no reason to waste money/time on hotels and travel costs to have a "vacation"

As a car nut, often spend wkend AMs driving through Woodside mtns...IMO, some of best driving rds in world, only rivaled by stuff in Malibu cyns

If forced out of SF Peninsula, only place I'd go for wkend is BevHills....some of world's best weather, spectacular nearby driving roads and superb grub (better overall grub than SF IMO)

Having lived/traveled through many supposedly revered parts of world, would argue many in CA (esp BH and SF) don't realize how many unique aspects of weather/topography/grub/intellectual culture exist in these regions of CA which can't really be found anywhere else in world, no matter one's money or free time....
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:50 AM
 
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Napa and all of the above mentioned. Love the St. Helena area.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Location: southern california
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Ymca??????
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