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Central California Cost Aniversery trip

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Central California Cost Aniversery trip

We are taking our 30 year aniversary trip along the coast of central California. We intend to fly into San Fransico in April for 9 days. We want to poss. fly out of Santa Barbara. Any advice on places to visit, stay, eat, see etc. would be very much appreciated.

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1. Re: Central California Cost Aniversery trip

Do your 9 days include visiting San Francisco?

If so, here's one possible itinerary for you (BTW- Flying out of LAX would be a more affordable option than flying out of Santa Barbara):

SF: 3 nights

Monterey/Carmel: 2 nights

Cambria: 1 night

Santa Barbara: 2 nights

Will need to know what kind of budget you're operating on to give good advise on lodging, dining, etc.

"Some" lodging options in the Monterey/Carmel area:

Seven Gables Inn, Green Gables Inn, La Playa Hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Tickle Pink Inn

Lodging options in Cambria:

Moonstone Landing, Fog Catcher Inn, Best Western Fireside Inn, Castle Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge

Santa Barbara lodging:

Fess Parker Doubletree

Simpson House Inn

Harbor View Inn

Upham House

Grover Beach, Ca
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2. Re: Central California Cost Aniversery trip

Here's a list of things to see/do between SF and Santa Barbara:

Half Moon Bay

Ano Nuevo State Park

Santa Cruz

Elkhorn Slough

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row,

Carmel by the Sea

Carmel Beach

17 Mile Drive

Point Lobos State Reserve

Big Sur coast: Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach, Nepenthe/Phoenix Shop, McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Ragged Point

Elephant seal rookery near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Hearst Castle

Moonstone Beach/Leffingwell Landing

Morro Bay/Rock

San Luis Obispo

Pismo/Avila Beach


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Mom's itinerary looks pretty good to me. I'm not a big city guy myself so I'd do one less night in SF & add 1 to Cambria or SB.

Leaving from LA will save you money. Returning to SF for flight back will save more if you don't mind doing a return to SF.

San Francisco...
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4. Re: Central California Cost Aniversery trip

One way car rentals are expensive as you will find out. Returning them to your pickup airport or city location may be cheaper. Flights out of SB will also be expensive. You can take 101 all the way back to SFO.

I think Kibblesmom's itinerary looks great.

Happy New year KBmom!!!

Dallas, Oregon
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Heed DAM and Belomiser's advice re: returning your rental car to SFO. The drive from Santa Barbara to the San Francisco airport vis Highway 101 is only about 300 miles and 5 hours. You could enjoy a nice lunch in SB (or somewhere in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, etc. along the way) then drive back to SFO to spend the night before your your flight home.

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Carmel would be a nice place to spend time in on an anniversary trip. Lots of romantic restaurants, art galleries, beautiful beaches and scenery in this area.

www.carmelcalifornia.com is an informative website for this area. :)

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