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Old 05-08-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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I am planning on traveling to California in a few weeks, possibly arrinving in San Diego or LAX..am thinking of taking the coast up to San Francisco then taking the Coast Starlight train to Seattle..I only have about 10 days..any suggestions, also thinking of just flying into San Fran and then going up to Seattle..I am just looking for any suggestions on what the best troute would be and things that are a must see!! Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you're going to drive north, you simply MUST take the Pacific Coast Highway from wherever you start to wherever you're going.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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If you're going to drive north, you simply MUST take the Pacific Coast Highway from wherever you start to wherever you're going.
Agreed. I did the great-California road trip two years ago. I started out in southern Big Sur, drove Highway 1 to Monteray, then skipped up to San Fran, then up to the redwoods, turning around just north of Eureka, I believe.

Besides driving Hwy 1, I would also say a must is Point Lobos, south of Monteray. I would also say that it would be a damn shame to miss the redwoods.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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i say go for gold and see it all, start in SD.

was based in ventura the last three months and was doing daily commutes to santa monica along PCH or santa barbara. even when i was having a down day i knew at least i'd have some nice scenery to look foward to on my commute, which always propped me up.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Another vote for Hwy 1...There is nothing like it. Yosemite is another must see.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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The Pacific coast highway and sights along it are spectacular. Rent a convertible and don't hurry.

Going over the mountains to Pinnacles State park is not a bad diversion. Consider the Hearst castle and don't forget Carmel, nice to visit even if Clint isn't mayor anymore.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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i say go for gold and see it all, start in SD.

was based in ventura the last three months and was doing daily commutes to santa monica along PCH or santa barbara. even when i was having a down day i knew at least i'd have some nice scenery to look foward to on my commute, which always propped me up.
Trouble with starting in SD is that the PCH isn't continuous. Going through Camp Pendleton you'd be on I-5, but that's not a very long stretch. OC on PCH will be nice. But then you get to get through LA. Ick! Given only 10 days and depending how fast the OP wants to travel, it may be better to start north of LA.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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Trouble with starting in SD is that the PCH isn't continuous. Going through Camp Pendleton you'd be on I-5, but that's not a very long stretch. OC on PCH will be nice. But then you get to get through LA. Ick! Given only 10 days and depending how fast the OP wants to travel, it may be better to start north of LA.
Yeah, but then he would miss San Clemente and Dana Point and Laguna Beach and the little ferry to Balboa Island and Redondo Beach Marina and going under LAX and Malibu!
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Near to Hearst Castle is a nice town called Morro Bay.

Has anyone mentioned the Monterey Bay Aquarium yet?
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