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Old 04-11-2012, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default California Honeymoon- Destination Advice Needed!

Hello All,

I'm booking my honeymoon in California and we've come upon a stumbling block. We want to do San Francisco (Wine, Alcatraz, Parks, ect.) and drive down highway one in a convertible. We had initially planned on going to San Diego for a while but can't seem to find anything fun to do (besides the zoo). Any suggestions? Should we skip San Diego and go somewhere else? We were planning on spending a night in Santa Barbra and that was about as far as we got. Any good beer locations to hit up?

Thanks for the input!

FYI- We're from Michigan and have never been to Cali

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:17 AM   #2
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Santa Cruz is fun. But I'd go north, Muir woods, into Sonoma, you could visit Russian River Brewery (santa rosa), then the drive down the coast is breathtaking.

North of the wine country there are some great bed & breakfasts. I think that country N of SF is the nicest place on earth.

South of San Francisco, make sure to stop at Duarte's restaurant (Pescadero) for a little bit of history and some superb Artichoke soup (and a very eclectic menu). Fun.

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I vote for San Francisco, my hometown.
Sure miss that place.
Haight/Ashbury, ahhh good times.

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We'll be doing San Francisco for sure. We're trying to decide if we should stay in San Francisco for 10 days or head around the rest of the state.

Maybe we'll drive north or something. I've always wanted to try out Russian River, maybe we'll hit that up.

Any other suggestions?

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But I'd go north, Muir woods, into Sonoma, you could visit Russian River Brewery (santa rosa), then the drive down the coast is breathtaking.

North of the wine country there are some great bed & breakfasts. I think that country N of SF is the nicest place on earth.
+1,000 Totally awesome place. Drive around & explore together.

My bro & his wife did the drive down the coast for their honeymoon & loved it. Stayed 2-3 days in wine country then drove down to San Diego.

But don't be fooled - there is plenty to do in San Diego. And plenty of beer.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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Morro Bay is a nice little quaint fishing village on the coast heading south. Looks like Maine. Big rock in the middle of the bay. Its a good quick stopover.

Plasticland aka LA is loaded with things to do, from Hwood, Disney, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, etc etc, to Malibu and Zuma beaches.

San Diego has a lot to offer too.

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I'll second the Santa Cruz suggestion, but since I live there maybe I'm biased... The Santa Cruz area has great parks (Big Basin, Henry Cowell Redwoods, The Forest of Nisene Marks) and beaches, and there are lots of wineries to visit as well as Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and Seabright Brewery. If you head south on Highway 1 from here, you can stop at any of the following places:

* Monterey: spectacular aquarium and Cannery Row
* Big Sur: beautiful views of the ocean and great camping
* Morro Bay: small but very cute town with a great bay and beaches
* San Luis Obispo: college town, quirky and fun
* Santa Barbara: always feels like a mixture of Southern and Northern California to me

One thing that surprises first time visitors is how big the state is. The drive from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo takes almost four hours when you go down Highway 101, the larger inland road that parallels Highway 1. The quickest route from San Francisco to Los Angeles can take 5 1/2 hours or more depending on traffic.

I also lived in San Diego for a while, and can recommend all of the little beach towns north of the city itself: Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas are cool little surfing towns; Del Mar and La Jolla are more upscale with shopping and mansions. In addition to the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and Balboa Park, you can also take a day trip to Tijuana if you are so inclined.

If you like desert more than beach (who am I to judge?), consider visiting Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley in Southern California. Want to see mountains? Drive up to Lake Tahoe and ski, hike, or mountain bike, depending on the season. There is tons of stuff to do out west!

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Muir woods,

+1 on the redwoods! I was born and raised in CA and always loved visiting the redwoods. My favorite are the Prairie Creek Redwoods .... but they are way North near the CA/OR border.

Can't go wrong visiting the Redwoods
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When in SF, make sure to

  • WALK the golden gate bridge
  • visit Alcatraz by ferry (might book ahead, and yes do the audio tour)
  • visit Sausalito
  • WALK lombardi street, then continue down to the wharf,
  • get some seafood (clam chowder)
  • wonder around Girardhelli Square,
  • get lost in Chinatown and eat at the lousiest place you can find
  • If you stay downtown at the Four Seasons, ask for Squeerdo and tell him his brother sent you... you'll be set
  • The lighthouses along the coast are fantastic. If you go north, Reyes Point is very, very cool, and IMO a can't-miss place.
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When are you coming? Time of year makes a big difference as to what you want to do. If you are lucky enough to be coming in September/ October then stay on the coast. I'd head north.

If you are coming in the summer, I'd head south or inland because fog will likely suck along the coast and in SF. No shortage of things to do.

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