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  • Nathan answered:
    That's a broad question--around LA? You've got Channel Islands NP, which is off the coast, and then Joshua Tree to the east (but not far). Go for the former if you want aquatic environs, or head to J Tree for truly epic rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, and backpacking/climbing. To the north? Kings Canyon/Sequoia, which offers huge trees, big vistas, and really cool higher-altitude hiking. Further north? Yosemite (where I just visited), one of the country's most dramatic landscapes. Think a 3000-foot-plus-tall canyon with waterfalls gushing to the valley floor and miles of backcountry that's seldom seen by the typical tourist. Also, this year boasts the largest snowpack in recorded history, which as turned on every waterfall in the park into gushers. Of course, further east you've got Death Valley, and Grand Canyon. And I won't even start to talk about Utah. My advice? Think about what you want to do and plan from there. Each park has its advantages. But if you want to hike and backpack, I'd say hoof it up to Yosemite or Kings Canyon.
  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    You might want to check out Napa Valley, good at any time of year but especially scenic and pleasant in fall. You might want to consider spending a fall weekend in Calistoga, in the northern section of Napa Valley. The road to Calistoga winds through mountains and farmland, past country stores and veggie stands, and ends in a small town where the good life is everywhere. Read more about it here: http://away.com/features/northern-napa-vineyard-tours.html.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    I did that trip 2 years ago but down the coast. We did 1300 miles in 8 days. If you drive PCH the entire way it takes alot longer because of the cury roads and you cant do 55 the entire way. I would do my best to try and have some of your rooms because it can be difficult to find a room with all the festivals and we had to drive 150 miles because of a surfing competition because there were no rooms available. Along PCH there are not an many gas stations so make sure you have a full take when ever you get the chance. I would highly recommend a gps because that can be a lifesaver if you get lost and need a hotel or gas. I would recommend a stop at pismo beach it is just a real neat town. Also the hurst castle is like a dream it is the most beautiful place to take a tour of. If you are planning on going to alcatraz in san fran i would suggest you get your tickets before you arrive because when we arrived they said they sell out up to 3 days before the tours. Pier 39 in san fran is reallly neat as well. I would suggest requesting the california travel books. It is a beautiful drive but there is so much to do in that amount of time. There is a 17 mile drive that is in monterey and it is wonderful it does cost a small fee to drive it and you can get a map and it will show you all the stops and it was well worth it. With kids that age I would do the montery bay aquarium that is wonderful as well. Check the internet for coupons on all attractions you are going to it can save so much. I hope this has helped.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Your cheapest options will probably be the Greyhound bus from SF to Salinas, followed by a bus ride on the local Monterey-Salinas Transit bus (http://www.mst.org). The Greyhound ride will take you about four hours and costs $26.50 one-way. You could also try Amtrak's Coast Starlight service, which runs between SF and Salinas, taking just over three hours. Bear in mind, you'll still need to hop public transit to get from downtown SF to either Emeryville or Oakland stations, plus do the Salinas-Monterey bus at the other end. One-way Amtrak fare is about the same as the bus, though obviously is a tad more comfortable. If you're planning to hit Monterey straight from San Francisco or San Jose International airports, you could also look into the Monterey Salinas Airbus (http://www.montereyairbus.com), with one-way rates starting at $35.

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