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Review My Preliminary California Itinerary

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Hi all,

Its our 10 year anniversary in June, we have three kids under 6 years old but GRANDMA is BABYSITTING and we want a special trip!

I have already posted lots of questions regarding where to go and received some wonderful suggestions. After agonizing over whether to go to California, Seattle area or Portland area, I think we have settled on California. Trouble is there is still so much to see! We are trying to squeeze in San Francisco, Napa Valley & a road trip to Santa Barbara so we can have some time on the water around boats, beaches, etc. I based the itinerary around the things we want to get to but also don't want to stay in more than 3-4 hotels to minimize the annoyance of check-in/check out, packing/unpacking. I would love suggestions on my itinerary -- if Im doing too much or too little as well as suggestions on hotels, sights not to miss, winery suggestions, etc.

A bit about us -- We like sightseeing but also a fair amount of relaxation time. Our usual pattern is sightseeing in the morning into afternoon but stopping for early cocktail hour. We like roadtrips but absolutely don't want to spend the entire trip driving. Husband loves boats. I love art, beautiful homes and gardens. We absolutely enjoy nice restaurants, beautiful hotels and maybe even dressing up a little at night.

Thanks as always!


California Possible Itinerary - 8 nights.

Friday June 13 – JFK - Arrive San Francisco 12pm
Overnight San Francisco

Saturday June 14 – San Francisco – walking tour.
Overnight San Francisco

Sunday June 15 – San Francisco – Alcatraz? & Gardens.
Overnight San Francisco

Monday June 16 – 1 hour Drive up to Napa via Muir Woods. Explore Napa.
Overnight Napa/Calistoga (possibly Solage in Calistoga? Suggestions on where to base welcome)

Tuesday June 17 – Wine Tasting thru valley. Suggestions for itinerary welcome.
Overnight Napa/Calistoga?

Wenesday June 18 – Depart early am. Point Reyes in morning. Breakfast & Cheese Tasting.
3.5hour drive on Coast Road to Monterey. Explore Monterey.
Overnight Monterey in hotel on water (possibly with view of boats?)

Thursday June 19 – 2 hour drive to San Simon via Carmel & Big Sur.
Lunch & Explore Hearst Castle.
2 hour drive to Santa Barbara
Ovenight Santa Barbara

Friday June 20 – Explore Santa Barbara & possibly surrounds.
Overnight Santa Barbara

Saturday June 21 – Morning at the Beach. Relaxing. Leisurely lunch.
Depart Santa Barbara 9pm – layover LAX depart 1145
Arrive JFK Sunday 7am

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