Expert Travel Advice to San Francisco

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  • Anonymous user answered:
    The distance between San Francisco International Airport and St. Helena, in Napa Valley, is about 76 miles. It is probably a two-hour drive, depending on traffic.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    About seven years ago, Outside magazine did an excellent article called "Mountaineering 101," which included details for doing Half Dome's "Cables" route as well as nine other moderate-to-technical hikes. The advice still holds pretty true today, though Backpacker has some additional advice to add: "Yes, the most world's most iconic hunk of glacier-carved granite attracts a crowd -- a bottleneck at the infamous cables can cause an hour's wait on busy days-- but don't let that dissuade you. Just do this dayhike at night. Below are links to the article Outside piece on Half Dome, plus a link to the GORP.com Yosemite National Park guide for additional info about what to do throughout Yosemite. http://bit.ly/hJOlXb http://bit.ly/gp0FzM
  • Anonymous user answered:
    That sounds fun. Have you heard about the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, which is 25 miles south of San Fran? (There's also another lighthouse hostel 50 miles north.) Might be a fun way to do it. Lots of different festive events going on that time of year; might want to check with the visitor's bureau for most up-to-date listings.
  • 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).

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