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Highway 1 Dream Vacation with My Teen Son

Jul 31, 2006  Vacation with Lasting Memories
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 4 votes

Family Time with A View

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Francisco, San Simeon, Big Sur
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Pacific Coast Kayak Adventures

    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.

  • 3. Comfort Inn By the Bay
    Comfort Inn by the Bay, San Francisco, California

    Clean and friendly. Get a room with a view of the Golden Gate. It's the best value in town. Short walk to transportation.

  • 4. Motel 6 San Simeon
    Motel 6 San Simeon, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo County

    Clean. Above average for the 6, and a good value for the area. We stayed one night and found the restaurant on site to be good food, especially at 9:30p.m. Karaoke in the bar was rockin'

  • 5. Alcatraz
    Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

    Great for teens. My son and I loved it. Superb view of the city from the Island. We took a "night" tour that went out at sunset and really loved it.

  • 6. Asian Art Museum
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

    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.

  • 7. The Stinking Rose
    The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, San Francisco, California

    Friendly service, good food, moderately priced for the area. Garlic based restaurant is a unique idea for those of us who love the stuff!

  • 8. Golden Gate Park
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

    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.

  • 9. Chinatown
    Chinatown, San Francisco, California

    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.

  • 10. Fernwood Resort
    Fernwood Resort, Big Sur, California

    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!