My husband and I (early 50’s) will be traveling to San Francisco and the Northern Coast 2/23-2/28. I have sketched out an itinerary and would appreciate your input as to what I am missing, the feasibility and any other suggestions! We enjoy scenic drives with stops at some “must see” places. We are not really into wine, but thought maybe a stop at Buena Vista would be interesting since it is the “oldest” (?) winery in the area. My husband has never been on the coast, nor seen redwoods (and I was a teenager!). So, that is one of our goals, along with loving agricultural activities. We would also love to see whales, and understand that this should be their migration season. I would like to keep our accommodations to around $125 per night, spend more on meals and sightseeing, as we will only be in the room to sleep!
Saturday 2/23 Arrive 9AM, city tour, China Town Street Fair on foot, Chinese new year parade, dinner (The Prime Rib or Mortons) We are staying at the Sir Francis Drake.
Sunday 2/24 brunch at Cliff House (10am), Explore Fishermen’s Warf area (lunch on warf), Ride the Trolleys, Alcatraz night tour, Starlight lounge
Monday 2/25 see the sights we visited on the first day tour that we would like to revisit. Must do some shopping at Britex Fabrics.
Tuesday AM pickup rental car (in Oakland as we fly out of there on 2/28), head out on road trip!
Main goals of Road Trip
See beautiful scenery different from Colorado!
Visit Historic Light House
See Giant Redwoods
Travel Coastal Roads (on way South)
Tuesday: Inland Drive to Calistoga--What is the most scenic route? Are there any historic towns (ok, don't laugh, but gold mining, etc?)
On to Mendocino (Medocino Hotel & Garden Suites) or Ft Bragg, (The Beachcomber) again info on the most scenic route (how much further to Avenue of the Giants? Is it worth the drive, or will we have found plenty of places to view the redwoods?)
Wednesday AM-sight seeing or a bit further of a drive, head back towards San Francisco along Hwy 1 (any great detours?) Stay over along the route back to SF.
Thursday continue to San Francisco for 4pm flight home.
Wow! That was a book! Thanks for your help!