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Old 05-19-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Thank you all...great tips
We are changing the route and flyinto San Diego and home from San Francisco.
The flight options out of San Fran are better and by reversing the trip we are saving $120 on air fare..weird
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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My wife and I did a similar thing, but over two trips. One was San Diego and up the coast to just south of L.A. and back; the other was from L.A. (which we escaped quickly) to San Francisco. We opted to spend more time on the road and less time in the cities, in order to see as much as we could while we were out there. Here are some of our favorites:

L.A. to SF - 2007:
Guadalupe Beach Bridge - it takes some effort to get there, but well worth it

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Muir Woods

Ghirardelli's - a particular favorite of my wife ...

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
San Diego - 2005:
San Diego Zoo - we considered this a "must-see"

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Mission San Juan Capistrano - and if you stop here, a great place to have lunch is the Cedar Creek Inn (eat outside if you can)

California Dreamin' - a highlight of this trip was a hot-air balloon ride ... a bit off the beaten path, but we thought it was well worth it.
The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway is very nice, and often stunningly beautiful. There are many state parks and beaches along the way - see: California State Parks. Also, in both cities there are a number of companies that offer city tours, bay cruises, etc.

We're hoping for another trip to the left coast next year ... this time, starting in Oregon or possibly Washington, and driving down the coast to S.F.

Hope you have a great time!
Thanks for all the links..all sound great but I think I'll pass on the hot air balloon

The zoo is a must for me
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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San Luis Obispo is much nicer than Santa Maria. Its a college town with a nice walkable main street. Check out Margie's Diner if you like big portions. If you are looking for some decent Mexican food from a taco stand, Santa Maria has a few good places, I believe either Taco Loco or Burrito Loco, whichever it is, they have some cheap eats and good food. Santa Maria can be sketchy in some places, especially along Main St near the mall. Lompoc is another town about 30 minutes south of Santa Maria, pretty much a smaller version with a few hotels (Embassy Suites is nice) and some decent restaurants within walking distance of your hotel. It's a gridded city so you really can't get lost in Lompoc. They have a great coffee shop on "H" street called the South Side Cafe, it's attached to a book store.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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San Luis Obispo is much nicer than Santa Maria. Its a college town with a nice walkable main street. Check out Margie's Diner if you like big portions. If you are looking for some decent Mexican food from a taco stand, Santa Maria has a few good places, I believe either Taco Loco or Burrito Loco, whichever it is, they have some cheap eats and good food. Santa Maria can be sketchy in some places, especially along Main St near the mall. Lompoc is another town about 30 minutes south of Santa Maria, pretty much a smaller version with a few hotels (Embassy Suites is nice) and some decent restaurants within walking distance of your hotel. It's a gridded city so you really can't get lost in Lompoc. They have a great coffee shop on "H" street called the South Side Cafe, it's attached to a book store.
Thank you!!! Don't need to be in any sketchy places
I'll look to San Luis Obispo
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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If you need specific recs for San Diego, let me know! We moved here from NJ in October and love it!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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If you need specific recs for San Diego, let me know! We moved here from NJ in October and love it!!
Well we would like to stay in an area central to everything with restaurants, pubs, either within walking distance of hotel or short drive
Any suggestions??
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I would highly recommend the Hilton in Mission Bay. You can walk around the bay area and the hotel is really nice and a short drive to all the major attractions (zoo, La Jolla, downtown, Balboa Park). We've recommended this hotel to everyone that asks us for recs and they've all been very happy with their stay.

And since you're here over Christmas, you have to go to the Hotel Del Coronado one night to see the lights.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I would highly recommend the Hilton in Mission Bay. You can walk around the bay area and the hotel is really nice and a short drive to all the major attractions (zoo, La Jolla, downtown, Balboa Park). We've recommended this hotel to everyone that asks us for recs and they've all been very happy with their stay.

And since you're here over Christmas, you have to go to the Hotel Del Coronado one night to see the lights.

Cool Thanks
Where is Hotel Del Coronado? I'll have to look it up
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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It's in Coronado, just over the bridge, about 15 minutes from the Hilton. The most famous hotel in this area, though I would never recommend staying there because it's so out of the way. And don't miss the seals in La Jolla! They will be there by that time of year. Here is a picture of it from this past Christmas:

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Old 05-20-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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We did this drive south to north last fall and visited most of what others have suggested here. We also spent a night in the Solvang/Buelton area. It's wine country where the movie Sideways was filmed. We'll go back.
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