Expert Travel Advice to San Francisco

Top Answers To San Francisco Travel Questions

  • Alistair answered:
    Assuming you're heading out from Las Vegas, I'd probably you drive over to Los Angeles and then make your way north along California Highway One. Not sure how long you have, but Santa Barbara is a really lovely place at which to stop. Maybe also spend a night or two up in the Big Sur area, before scheduling a stop in either Monterey or Carmel (Big Sur Nepenthe restaurant is a prime spot for a lunch stop with a view!). Carmel is very quaint and has some nice inns and guesthouses. You could also go a bit more upscale at somewhere like the Inn at Pebble Beach or Bernardus Lodge (http://away.com/resorts/bernardus-lodge-bl-hotelid53531.html) in this area. After Monterey, it's a fairly straight shot up to San Francisco, where you could obviously spend some more time sightseeing before flying out. Best advice, though, is not to overdo the driving and enjoy the scenery along this wonderful stretch of coastline (it can also get a little slow during peak travel seasonss).
  • Alistair answered:
    Kara, my wife and drove California Highway One several years ago and took our time, I think spending about five nights meandering toward Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Definitely a route that you shouldn't rush, both for the excellent scenery, not to mention that it can get a little slow with all the sightseers. We stopped first at Santa Cruz, followed by Carmel, though I'd recommend you head straight for Carmel first. We stayed at the Pine Inn, which is a nice hotel in an easy central location. Lots of other options in Carmel as well as in nearby Monterey (a few more cheaper options here). Next stop from Carmel should probably be somewhere along the Big Sur coastline. We stayed at Ragged Point Inn, which was a great location though an average stay, I'd say. For something a little more rustic, Treebones Resort offers yurts as well as five campsites (there's also excellent camping in various state parks along the route including Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and the Ventana wilderness). For something a bit more spendy, Post Ranch Inn rolls out the romantic red carpet (though this is a little closer to Carmel). Things start to flatten out around Hearst Castle and Morro Bay; from here, I'd be inclined to push on to Santa Barbara, which is a lovely coastal town. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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  • Alistair answered:
    Barbara, sounds like a great vacation plan. Loads of choices for where to go, so to help you get started, here are a couple of features we've published on Away.com. One is an eight-day itinerary that takes in Yosemite and Napa/Sonoma, so you could crib some ideas from that: http://bit.ly/TbzL8r We also have a piece on northern Napa vineyard tours here: http://away.com/features/northern-napa-vineyard-tours.html, including ideas for a few places to stay. Lastly, here's a link to a gallery of images from Sonoma to inspire more wanderlust! http://bit.ly/VsbF8f San Fran speaks for itself: dim-sum in Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin headlands, Alcatraz, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young museum... have fun!

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