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Old 06-22-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I booked a room already in SF that's not right in the city with free parking but has access to everything. I know it's expensive for car parking there. I looked into several hotels in Union Square and it was almost $50 per night for valet. So I just decided to go out further. Cheaper all around

You don't need a car to get around in SF, especially if you're only there for 3 days. If it were me, I'd return the rental car and save the $.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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We'll be traveling outside of SF as well so I do need the car. If I was only traveling to SF and staying there I would totally not book one
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Rent a car! If you are there just 3 days, there is no reason to waste time on public transportation.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I've done that route a couple of times and love the PCH. It's worth staying overnight somewhere along the way so that you can take more in.

Last time I stayed in Morro Bay for a couple of nights. It was a lovely little coastal town not too far from Hearst Castle.

I have winged it as far as hotels go without issue.

Hope you have a lovely time.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:22 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Rent a car! If you are there just 3 days, there is no reason to waste time on public transportation.

SF is pretty small and has great public transport system in addition to being walkable.
You'd waste more time finding your way among the narrow one-way streets and traffic and finding a parking space.
Don't like walking? Rent a bike.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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worth checking out this restaurant along Big Sur about 30 miles (60 minutes) south of Monterey if you need a snack, or a bevaerage of your choice, or just want to take in an awesome view

Nepenthe Restaurant, Big Sur, California
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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That looks awesome!! Thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Austin
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If you are into wine, there are dozens of wineries in the Paso Robles area and many more near San Luis Obispo.

Another spectacular place is the Post Ranch Inn just south of Big Sur. It's uber expensive, but the views are special and the wine list is as big as it gets.

Carmel by the Sea has some really nice, but very expensive, shopping. Pacific Grove pier is much more affordable. Pacific Grove also has some nice B &Bs.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Try AirBnB for a cheap but good quality place to stay....can also give you a non-tourist view.

Have a nice trip.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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Thanks again for all the info. I will definitely be checking these out
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