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This was an incredible experience for my son and I. We launched at Carmel River Beach and paddled into Point Lobos State Reserve. Wonderful eco information, fantastic landscape and wildlife. Great for teens to learn and be active. Josh, our guide, was the best- so knowledgable and a great sense of humor.
2. California's Highway 1- The Central Coast
A great way to bond with my teen. We took off from San Francisco- just the two of us- in a rented Mustang convertible (his favorite car) and drove Hwy 1 down to San Simeon. It was awesome. We are from the midwest and we were both struck by the amazing scenery: mountains, ocean, cliffs, wildlife. It was breathtaking. We stopped for hikes, great food, and a kayak tour. We did the drive in two days and then spent two days in San Fran; but the coast was the highlight of our vacation. Both of us being amateur photographers, we took 21 rolls of film! If you have teens, you know the best way to have that alone time with them is to get them in the car on a long trip.... so this was absolutely a great experience for us! Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park's McWay Falls is highly recommended for a short stroll and a beautiful overlook. There are many parks on the coast, all with great trails for hiking.
Found this to be an outstanding museum. Headphone tours are complimentary, but we opted for two guided tours with excellent guides. Impressive collection and great for those from big cities who are looking for a unique museum. Really something special. My teen, who is interested in Asian culture, really loved it. Excellent cafe- exotic choices and good quality.
This is a great destination. My son and I are photographers and loved the gardens with many, many photo opportunities. Great for those looking for some good exercise and a "botanical" experience. Conservatory of Flowers, Stowe Lake and the Japanese Tea Garden are a nice stroll; but the Botanical Gardens are the star of the show here. Lots to see and do. It was great for my nature loving teen and I.
Chock full of unique sights. Loved the shops and colorful streets. Hard to eat there though, the restaurant we picked was very limited in their english. I'm really not sure what we were eating- but I have to say that it was tasty.
Ate lunch at the restaurant here. Casual and friendly. Decent prices for the area and the best BBQ plate in town. It's huge and tasty. You can sit out on the small porch and take in the people and fantastic air!