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12 day california coast itinerary: are we overdoing it?

12 day california coast itinerary: are we overdoing it?

Sep 8th, 2019, 08:22 AM
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The hotels jpie referenced above are mostly along Lombard street - which is the dividing line between Cow Hollow to the south and the Marina district to the north. These areas are loaded with restaurants, bars, shopping, etc.

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Sep 8th, 2019, 09:54 AM
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I know the Rose Parade is on New Year's Day--just pointing out that Pasadena has its attractions.
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suze: Me personally, if I had to be in Arcadia/Pasadena anyway and only had a couple of days I want to explore Pasadena instead of trying to get my head around what to see and do in Los Angeles. The at most maybe 1.5 days they'd have free for LA they wouldn't be able to squeeze in much. There is a LOT to see/do in Pasadena -- just the Gardens and Museums are worth a couple of days. And they would be based right there so no long slogs on freeways to sightsee.

If they had more time . . . sure. But they don't
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Originally Posted by janisj View Post
...f I had to be in Arcadia/Pasadena anyway and only had a couple of days I want to explore Pasadena instead of trying to get my head around what to see and do in Los Angeles.
I agree. Pasadena to Hollywood and out via Burbank was more than enough LA driving for me in a short time period. There's plenty to explore and enjoy in that area. I really enjoyed the Warner Bros Studio Tour - more than I expected, in fact.

I hope to go back soon to see more in that general area. I definitely ran short of time.

Glad I didn't have to deal with the rest of the LA traffic. I have on previous trips and it's just crazy. Thankfully, my drive up from LAX was easy but that was because it was very late at night.

Years ago, I made the coastal drive from SF (after a GTG) to Carmel, Cambria (for the central coast wineries) and then down to Irvine. I'd driven in LA before on work trips. I was still shocked at how long it took to get through LA north from south. Hours. Horrid traffic. With only a short time I opted to stay close to Pasadena on this last trip - and not drive to LAX for the flight out.

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Sep 8th, 2019, 01:07 PM
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Ditto both above. I lived in LA the first 28 years of my life (minus 1 year in San Francisco - where I was born). Last 44 years have been in San Francisco - or close by. I've returned to LA 3-4 times for high school reunions and to visit Pasadena for all the Green & Green houses, Bungalow Heaven tour, and to stay with my sister when she was ailing. First thing I recalled/noticed about LA when I returned 35+ years later - was the freeway mess!!! It was necessary to get on a freeway to go most anyplace. When I was a teen - this was fun and adventuresome. But not now.

John Denver song "living on an LA freeway, ain't my kind of havin fun".

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Sep 9th, 2019, 04:35 AM
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Yes to skipping Napa for either the Santa Barbara (Santa Ynez) or Paso Robles wineries. Stay near Solvang or Buellton.

I also think I would drop San Diego, especially since you didn't list anything you wanted to see. I'd add in nights near Morro Bay, Cambria, San Luis Obispo, etc. I'm not much of a Santa Barbara city fan. If you want to see Spanish history, you can see that in downtown Monterey and at Carmel or La Purisima Missions on the way.

Plenty to see near Pasadena. Norton Simon over Huntington is my preference, but if you like Gardens then Huntington, or add in the County Arboretum which is near Santa Anita. And, if you want to visit downtown LA, you can take the Light Rail Gold Line to Union Station or Little Tokyo.
We have Lyft/Uber so you don't even need the car if not staying near a station in Pasadena. In fact, you might want to ditch the car after you check in in Pasadena.

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