Help plan a busy trip to SF and So CAl

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Aug 16th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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Help plan a busy trip to SF and So CAl

I want to fly into Oakland (SFO?) and visit Berkley U, Muir Woods, SF City, maybe Alcatraz or Angel Island (which is more interesting? Is ALcatraz a hokey touristy thing?. Will be with my daughter who is 17yo and bright, urbanites(we live in Manhattan). SHe likes bookstores, museums, funky stuff. After 4 days will fly (probably Oak.-Long Beach/Jetblue) to visit friends and do some touristic stuff. Want to spend a night in Pasedena and visit Norton SImon, Huntington,maybe Forest Lawn Cemetary. Drive over to CLaremont Colleges (maybe fly back from Ontario?) We will have about 8 days in total. Is this too much? Ideas? Comments? THanks!
PS How tough a drive is it from Long Beach to Pasadena and then from Pasadena to Claremont? CLaremont to Long Beach?
Thanks so much!
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Aug 16th, 2004, 06:23 AM
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alcatraz is not hokey. very interesting to see the cells and imagine what it was like stuck on the rock and looking out over this fabulous city.
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Aug 16th, 2004, 07:01 AM
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I can comment somewhat on the southern CA portion-- it's doable, but it will be a full four days. If you're doing Claremont and then returning to Long Beach to catch a flight, you'll have to do it VERY early-- I can't recall what time the last JetBlue flight is out of LGB, but there's a 9:45 PM flight out to JFK on American.

Long Beach to Pasadena is not particularly difficult-- but it's on very well-traveled highways with lots of trucks. Basically, from the airport (LGB), you'll head up the I-405 N to the I-710 north all the way into Pasadena. You should consult Yahoo! Maps (maps.yahoo.com) to get exact driving directions.

Pasadena to Claremont isn't particularly hard either-- I-210 east all the way into Claremont.

Claremont to LGB? Not horrible, but a bit of a haul. I-10 west to I-605 south, follow all the way to I-405 north, Lakewood exit north to Long Beach Airport.
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