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Three California classic destinations

Feb 9, 2010  
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

Spend a long week visiting three of the best places in California.

  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • 1. San Francisco

    Spend time walking the numerous hills, riding the cable cars, wandering along the wharf, peeking in unique shops, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, and enjoying fun food. Purchase a small cooler or disposable foam one and keep it filled with healthful snacks, breakfast foods, and water. Three nights.

  • 2. Rental Car

    Pick up a rental car when you are ready to leave the city.

  • 3. Yosemite National Park

    Four hour drive. Stop to resupply my picnic cooler on the way and get picnic supplies and snacks as well. Ride the free shuttle around Yosemite Valley and hike or walk to waterfalls, viewpoints, and meadows. Spend a day in Tuolumne Meadows and a day at Mariposa Grove & Glacier Point. Two or three nights in or near the Valley.

  • 4. Monterey

    Four hour drive. Restock picnic cooler. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, drive down Hwy 1 for some great scenery, visit Point Lobos State Park, spend an afternoon at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Two or three nights.

  • 5. Time to head home.

    Back to SFO, drop car, and fly home. Remember to write up a trip report and post it on the California state forum after your return.