California road trip

Aug 16th, 2017, 04:27 PM
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California road trip

I am retiring and we are planning on taking a two week to three week trip down California's coast any suggestions for places we should stop along the way for sure itineraries are welcome and places to stay are also welcome
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Aug 16th, 2017, 04:36 PM
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Starting where, ending where? What month?
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Aug 16th, 2017, 04:38 PM
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Also, what sort of places do you enjoy staying and how much do you want to spend per night?
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Aug 16th, 2017, 05:41 PM
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We are starting in Portland & ending at SanDiego
In late September & early October
We love to stay on or near the beaches. San Fran
Mostly down the coastline....$250 per nite or less
Tho may splurge a little... hotels vs airbnb vs
B&bs... as u can c we are Very flexible... would like to keep
Things open so we can stay some
Where we like a lot
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Aug 16th, 2017, 06:07 PM
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By flexible, you mean any of those types of accommodations are possibilities?

Do you picture yourself moving often or would you prefer to stay several nights in a location with longer drives between? Depending on how much of the drive you decide to spend along the coast, you'll have about 1500 miles of driving. My preference would be longer stays with longer scenic drives between locations. What do you think?

And regarding stops, what type of activities have you thought about incorporating?
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Aug 16th, 2017, 08:03 PM
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Stuff in the San Francisco area:
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Aug 17th, 2017, 07:43 AM
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Read this and plan accordingly:

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/lo...167544432.html
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Aug 17th, 2017, 07:46 AM
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Keep in mind that you can only travel 25 miles north of Carmel on Hwy 1 before having to detour back. There is a bridge being rebuilt, and further south there is a huge mudslide. You will then have to take Hwy 101 until you get to Hwy 46 West in Paso Robles. There you can get back to Hwy 1 along the coast.

I would not miss Point Lobos or the 25 mile trek into Big Sur. After that I would visit Cambria (Hearst Castle if you want) and Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. Cayucos is a cute little beach town and Morro Bay is nice as well. Montana de Oro is a great state park right on the coast.

If you like wine, Paso Robles is the place for you. Hundreds of wineries to visit.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 07:55 AM
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"...you can only travel 25 miles north of Carmel on Hwy 1..."

South?
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Aug 17th, 2017, 09:18 AM
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Correct, south, sorry about that. The new bridge is expected to be completed in late September. If that happens, you will be able to go further, but the mudslide means you still have to back track.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 11:00 AM
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Listen to AustinT, even if they replace the bridge in mid September there is still the Mud Creek slide, which will not be cleared until maybe next summer.
Also check the legality of short term rentals like AirBnB since a number of California cities have outlawed them such as Monterey and Carmel, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach and others. Some are legal if the owner is also living on the premises.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 11:31 AM
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AFter you go inland to get around the slide (I like Carmel Valley Road to 101) then you can stay between Paso Robles and Atascadero , return to Cambria on 46 and visit sites along the south part of the coast. Cayucos is kind of "cute".
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Aug 17th, 2017, 11:33 AM
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For beaches, I like Shell Beach to Grover Beach, whatever fits your style..cliff top or walking to the sand, there are lots of options.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 11:39 AM
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If that happens, you will be able to go further, but the mudslide means you still have to back track.

Not necessarily. You could then take the Fergusson-Nacimiento Rd. from south of Lucia to Fort Hunter Liggett.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 02:40 PM
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Really not a good idea to be recommending FN Road to non-locals. The road is heavily traveled now with construction equipment for the slide. It is a narrow, steep road with lots of drop offs. Tourists really don't need to be going there.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 03:33 PM
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Wonderful time of year to travel down the coast, what a great way to say hello to retirement.


Mendocino/Ft Bragg/Jenner
Ocean View Lodge or Wharf Master's Inn

Marin Lodge north of San Francisco

Beach House Half Moon Bay just south of SF

Hofsas House Carmel or Sunset Inn Pacific Grove or Casa Munras in Monterey

Little Sur Inn Cambria

Pacific Shores Inn Morro Bay

Avila Village Inn or Shore Cliff Shell Beach

Santa Ynez Inn or Hotel Corque (Wine Country)

Lavender Inn, Eagle Inn or Harbor View Inn Santa Barbara

Channel Road Inn Santa Monica

Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point, or Laguna Beach House

Cherokee Lodge or the 1906 Lodge San Diego/Coronado

Most of these are $200 or less on weeknights but may bust the budget on Fri or Sat nights. Also on weeknights along much of your route you can find lodging last-minute unless you are picky about where you want to stay...in that case you'll want to reserve ahead but will be locked into 24 and 48 hour cancellation policies. When perusing airbnb options, pay attention to the cancellation penalties.
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Aug 17th, 2017, 04:43 PM
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Time of year is fine . . . Length of time isn't. If you max out to three weeks it would be OK. But two weeks is not nearly enough for Portland to SD unless you just want a road trip and no 2 or 3 nights stays.
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