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Old 07-16-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Although I live in the Los Angeles area, there is lots in my beautiful state that I have yet to see. I was thinking about doing a multi-city tour of my lovely state (using Amtrak and maybe flying if I decide to go north of Santa Barbara) and wanted some suggestions regarding cities to see and some tips from other posters who have done something similar before ...

NOTE: I will not have a car nor am I able to rent one.

Here are some places I was planning to visit:

San Diego: Besides the Zoo and Sea World, what other sites should I visit?

Los Angeles: I would like to see my hometown from the eyes of a tourist - lots of touristy things I have never done ... Please gimme some ideas!

Santa Barbara: Only been there once and never really got to do much. Ideas?

Monterey: Heard so many wonderful things about this beautiful city so would like to see for myself. Is the public transit good around the Monterey/Carmel area?

SF/Bay Area: Aside from the famous San Francisco attractions, what other bay area attractions are must sees?

Sacramento: Never been so what are some recommended places to see/attractions?

Any other city/area I overlooked?

Not interested in Yosemite at this time as I'd rather not do this on my own without a car.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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San Francisco is a very easy city to visit without a car as there is excellent public transportation there. As for the rest of the Bay Area, I think it depends where.
I believe visiting the Monterey/Carmel area will be very difficult without a car.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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Once you got there, the transit in Monterey is pretty good:
Monterey-Salinas Transit

However last year I had a flight from Monterey to SFO with United/Skywest, this might be an option.... maybe there are bus connections as well.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Search around the San Francisco Board. You'll find lots and lots of things to do in the Bay Area. You could spend a month there and still not hit all the major attactions. Like others have stated. Public transportation is very good in the Greater Bay Area.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:38 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Take Gray Line or other local bus tours whenever you can. They give you a quick once-over and you can decide where you want to explore more thoroughly.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Thanks for the suggestions guys
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I'll answer for San Diego, since I live here. Balboa Park is a must see, there are tons of museums and really neat architecture there. It's right next to the zoo, so you can do both on the same day. I'd personally skip Sea World, you can see tons of ocean life in the ocean! Go to La Jolla Cove to see seals and the Point Loma tide pools to see other types of marine life.

Visit local neighborhoods. Places like Hillcrest, North Park and Kensington are very local and offer some of the best food in the city.

For beaches, I'd go to La Jolla (Birdrock) but without a car, not sure how accessible that would be. La Jolla Shores might be more accessible, though San Diego in general is not exactly public transportation friendly.

We have some awesome farmers markets in the city, with prepared food vendors and tons of samples. The best two are in Little Italy (Saturday) and Hillcrest (Sunday).

Have a fun trip, we just did a road trip from SF to SD and had a blast!
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