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Old 06-30-2012, 03:47 AM
 
Location: SW France
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I'm debating where our next trip around the US might be and I'm wondering about exploring this area. It may not be for some time, but it's nice to plan these things!

Initial thoughts were to fly into SF and spend two weeks going to places such as, in no particular order, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino and Bodega Bay.

I have been to other places such as Yosemite, Napa, Monterey and the Big Sur etc and would like to see some other highlights.

Any snippets of information would be gratefully received.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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I would add Sausalito to your list of places to visit.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:16 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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fly into SF and spend two weeks going to places such as...
Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino and Bodega Bay, Yosemite, Napa, Monterey, Big Sur
Any snippets of information would be gratefully received.
Any one of those places could be a two week stay.
But having been to the "big hitters" before I'll suggest that you allow yourselves the time to
soak up the other odd corners between the well known spots that you'll stumble across.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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I would add Sausalito to your list of places to visit.
I agree- it is a lovely place.

I have been there- thanks for mentioning it.

I haven't been to the Muir Woods National Monument that is nearby however.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Any one of those places could be a two week stay.
But having been to the "big hitters" before I'll suggest that you allow yourselves the time to
soak up the other odd corners between the well known spots that you'll stumble across.
In the past I have enjoyed the less well known places as much as, if not more than, the well known spots.

Morro Bay is one such place that comes to mind.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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-Muir Woods and take the hourish or more 'walk' through it.
-Further north, but the Humboldt State Redwood Park is remarkable, though one can cop some redwood seeing/driving rolling up 1/101.
-Mono Lake: saw it last summer; worth it to see it once, imo.

Some outstanding two lane blacktops, east to west, out of Reno north, across to the Coast, eg Rt 36, but if you have a plain jane rental probably not so fun.
-L Tahoe and area was meh for us, as we were there during a day and half a rain, but your pick.
Previous ideas are very good, too...
GL, mD
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Morro Bay is one such place that comes to mind.
Agreed. I've spent a lot of time there (and Cayucos which is my favorite CA beach town)
when visiting my son at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo which is my #1 destination the second I win the lottery.


After you land inSan Francisco... spend a day or two there to orient yourselves to time
and enjoy some good food etc. Then rent a car for the trip along the coast and the side trips.
Definitely do Muir Woods (you can backtrack too).

Consider buying a cheap tent and some blankets and camping at one of the MANY
state parks along the coast for most of the nights. Fly home out of LA.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:24 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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You have some widely varied choices. Sacramento is heaven for history buffs. The Capitol (which is itself a museum), the Railroad Museum, the Old Governor's Mansion, the Old Sac Cemetery (take one of the guided tors), Old Sac itself will keep yor busy. The others are lovely places.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Thanks eureka! Sounds like my kind of place!

BTW, what's Eureka like?

Also I haven't included Oregon in any plans as yet but there's only so much one can properly do in two weeks.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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You asked for HIDDEN GEMS so here are some of my favorites:

Grover Hot Springs State Park, Markleeville, CA
Swim in pools that are fed from the area hot springs.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/508/fi...HSBrochure.pdf

Devils Postpile National Monument
Beautiful formations of basalt formations. Getting there can be part of the fun .
Devils Postpile National Monument - Devils Postpile National Monument

Bodie State Historical Park
Gold mining town in the Sierras.
Bodie SHP

Lava Tubes National Monument
Hiking through an extensive network of laval tubes. If this interests you, make sure that you bring the appropriate equipment.
Lava Beds National Monument - Lava Beds National Monument

I can honestly say that these attractions are pretty unknown by many and these are also "off the beaten track."
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