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Old 05-14-2009, 06:55 AM
 
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Hi,
I was hasty and made reservations for late September to my first trip to California with my husband. We plan to stay 7 nights. We plan to arrive in San Francisco Airport and leave from San Francisco Airport.
I wanted to visit Sonoma, MOntery, Carmel and Yosemite. I know my time is short too. Can anyway suggest a starting point.
I probably should have made my departure flight from LA.
Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joann
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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Next time, I recommend using a professional travel agent - then you know you will have a well planned trip and be able to see all you want without having to rush, rush, rush! The drive from LA to SFO is a VERY long day and will eat into your 'tourist' time. For the best vacation you can get for the money, I recommend focusing on one area, see it well, and then make other trips to other areas some other time. Trying to do it ALL in one short trip just ruins the fun of being on Vacation!
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Trying to do it ALL in one short trip just ruins the fun of being on Vacation!
That's absurd. My first trip to California, I started in LA, drove up the pacific coast highway to Big Sur, stayed in Oakland and SF for the weekend, drove to Napa, down to Half Moon Bay, then Yosemite, then down south to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park to San Diego down to Tijuana and back to L.A. and we had the time of our lives.

I don't recommend going that crazy in 1 week, but if you're the type of person/family that love to see alot, are disciplined, and like to always be doing something, try to pack in as much as you can!

Here's a few recent postings on CD from/about trips. It might just be easier for you to read those than getting alot of the same information:

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-f...francisco.html

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-f...isco-trip.html

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-f...francisco.html

If you had to narrow it down, spend time in different SF neighborhoods and cruise over to Yosemite for sure. Half Moon Bay and Monterey can be a good day trip -- I don't usually like staying there for as long as I like staying at Yosemite -- and I usually make that a 1-2 day trip too. You can totally do this. Enjoy.
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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Not sure what the OP's issue is. SF to Monterey Bay, 2 hours. Monterey Bay to Yosemite, 3-1/2 to 4 hours. Yosemite to Sonoma / North Bay / Wine Country 4 hours. Back to SF 1 hour. A nice loop. Spend a night at each place, which leaves some time in SF itself. Could even do Yosemite to Wine Country to SF as a one day segment, and forego a night in the Wine Country, just start early leaving Yosemite.
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Old 05-14-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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Also, I'd add, even with SF as a base camp, with all nights spent in SF, it would be doable as a series of day trips. Just a couple weeks ago I did the one day out and back to Squaw, which is further than Yosemite. Left before the commute traffic picked up (was a week day) skied from open to close, then drove back in time for a late dinner.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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You can do it, it will be a lot of driving, so make sure you can stand your husband in a car for that many of hours. If you don't get annoyed easily, you will have a great time. 7 nights will be rushed, but that makes it even more fun if you enjoy the company you are with. Enjoy!...just drive a big loop. Definitely spend the most time in San Francisco, it has so much to offer. Use www.yelp.com for restaurants etc along the way.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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Tks BayareaHillbilly. It's sad that we don't have that many days, but hubby cannot get off from work. we are leaving on our last day on a redeye.
CDtacct - we are not planning to go to LA. I wanted to see Monterey and Carmel.
If it is too much then I can concentrate on SF, with yosemite and Napa.
Tks to Jonotastic too - I can stand the hubby because it is vacation. LOL.
Joann
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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You said you are allocating 7 days for the whole thing. 2 days for travel leaving 5 days. Carmel and Monterey is a one day out and back. Yosemite is a one day out and back. So is Sonoma. Or do a loop. That leaves 1 or 2 days for SF itself.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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BTW, you do realize, Monterey and Carmel are like 3 miles apart. So they are one combined destination. And a mere 2 hours from SF on 100% freeway other than a short stretch of Hwy 156.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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I'm not sure why LA would have been a better starting point, since your target destinations are WAY far from Southern California. The others have pretty much answered your question, but I'll add that your itinerary all depends on your travel style/goals. Personally I'm kind of a lazy traveler, and prefer relaxing in one place... but people like my sister are go-go-go, and would love to hit all of those spots in a week. So is it possible? Sure. You just have to decide if you want to see ALL those sights, or focus on SF and one or two day-trips. Either way, have fun!
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