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Our first trip too San Francisco,Monterey,San Diego

Our first trip too San Francisco,Monterey,San Diego

Old Feb 8th, 1997, 06:02 PM
Ed Tabian
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Our first trip too San Francisco,Monterey,San Diego

First.If you're getting a rental car in SFO try to
pick it up at a downtown location.You'll save a heap
of cash.Stop in Monterey to see the aquarium.If you
know the exact day you'll be there you can get tickets in advance for admission.Carmel,nearby is a great place for shopping.Good place for breakfast in
Monterey is at Oscar Hassenfelders.One block south
of Cannery Row.After Monterey take the Pacific
Coast Highway to Morro Bay or San Luis Obispo.
For something different,stay at the Madonna Inn in
San Luis Obispo.All the rooms there have different
themes.i.e.Cave Room,Oriental Room.They also have an excellent restaurant.There's no other place like it in California!In San Diego go to the San Diego Zoo.
They just opened up a Panda Exhibit. Shop at the Seaport Village along the water.

P.S. Our favorite hotel in Frisco is the Hyatt at
Fisherman's Wharf.It's within walking distance to
both cable car lines,Fisherman's Wharf and many
fine restaurants.Also try breakfast at the Buena Vista Tavern.It's the home of Irish Coffee!
Don't forget whale watching!

Old Feb 10th, 1997, 02:48 PM
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We stayed in Monterey at the Marriott-- nice place-- got a free upgrade to a suite... ate at a FABULOUS mexican place down the street (can't remember the name but it's in an old, famous house-- they'll know at the hotel)-- Carmel is a MUST-- there are tons of B&Bs-- the best thing about Monterrey was the aquarium-- and the drive around Pebble Beach... and if it's in season-- check out the butterfly refuge in Pacific Grove (nice little town)...

Re: car rental-- most co's will surcharge you if you pick up in one place and drop off in another-- be sure to check out the $$ at the airport versus going all the way into San Fran -- besides, if you're not planning on staying in San Fran, it'll be a hassle to go up there and pick it up.
Old Feb 10th, 1997, 04:57 PM
Latisha Robinson
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Sounds like a wonderful trip! I have been going to those cities in CA for over 5 years on business. If you have the cash to spend, the place to stay in San Diego is the Del Coronado on Coronado Island. It is a turn of the century hotel with a lot of charm and a beach that goes forever. It is also a national historic monument. It was the site for "Some Like It Hot" with Marilyn Monroe. Pt. Loma is great for views and La Jolla is a must for shoppers!
Old Feb 13th, 1997, 03:41 PM
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Make sure you have a confirmed reservation in San Diego. My husband and I drove in from LA late at night and didn't find a room until 2am. When we did it wasn't a great room and we had to pay a fortune for it. The San Diego Zoo and Sea World made the trip worthwhile. Both are MUST SEES.
Old Feb 14th, 1997, 01:33 PM
Robert Jan Fernhout
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My girlfriend and I did exactly the same trip last may 1996.

I can suggest booking motels on the way with Motel 6 chain. You will pay appr. $35/ night. Pick up a catalogue with hotels and you can plan your trip while you're driving down.

Santa Barbara is great for shopping, lots of small independent stores instead of all the well known chain stores. Also quiet beaches out of season, although I don't know if the weather is right for that in March.

Take a look at Carlsbad, nice town for dining and wining.

Forget LA city, but definitely do a tour at Universal Studio's.

Don't leave SF to soon, it's probably the nicest city in California.

Have a good trip!

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