San Diego to San Francisco in 2 1/2 days

Oct 10th, 2011, 11:13 AM
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I completely agree with socaloc.

There is a LOT to see in LA and while that isn't the focus of this poster the same old idea of "everything looks tha same and you can see all you need to while driving as fast as you can north" is rather tired.

bon_voyage, I agree that either the Getty or the Getty Villa would be convenient and interesting stops to make. Note to guilherme_maranhao, the Getty Villa requires a reservation, the Getty Museum does not.

Hearst Castle is worth seeing as an impressive and fequently vulgar, example of conspicuous consumption. It is not in any way comparable to a centuries-old European castle with all the attached history.

Whatever you do, spend as much time in Yosemite as possible. If the 2 days you mention includes travel time, then you need to add another day.
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Oct 10th, 2011, 11:43 AM
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Hi Barbara,

Thanks for the tips and yes, the 2 Yosemite days include travel time! But it´s impossible for us to get more time to it!

As I've seen on these posts, we´ll need, at least, 30 days in California...lol!

Maybe in another moment!

By now we are very excited with the time we´ll have there and hope to enjoy the most of it!

thanks agains
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Oct 10th, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Barbara's description of Hearst Castle is perfect. I will add that it's a good look into a particular time in American history.

As for the LA/SF debate, there is plenty to see and do in LA, but that is tempered by the fact that you have only 5 hours, it's spread out to the extreme, and there is loads of traffic. We recently drove in the opposite direction (downtown LA to San Diego) and it took us 3 hrs 45 minutes to go under 120 miles. For the return, we left San Diego after dinner, and made the trip all the way back to Valencia (north of downtown) in just under 2 hours.

So, if there is something in particular you want to do or see (for example, you could stick to the west side -- UCLA campus, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu) or you could go to Hollywood proper, but not really both.

As for San Francisco (where I go to work every day), I'm sure you could fill 5-1/2 days, but you could surely see the highlights in less and add time elsewhere if you were so inclined.
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Oct 10th, 2011, 12:47 PM
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I agree the norcal socal thing is rather tired (Go Giants!). If I had 5.5 hours in LA area to kill here is a partial list of what I might do...

Venice Beach - Just sit around and watch the freaks. Free.
Getty Museum - I would rather spend an entire day (or two) here but this place is WAY COOL and a must do at least once. And it's FREE!!!
Hollywood BLVD - Look at the stars. I've done it. Everyone does it. Fun to do once. Not so fun the second time. Free!
Griffith Park and observatory. - Lots of tourist buses stop up here so it must be something people from out of town do. Certainly a great view. Free.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor? I'm a huge Big Lebowski fan and I like hunting down all the filming locations for this movie. You can find lists for your favorite movie here... http://www.movie-locations.com/

With so little time I would sit at the beach and have some lunch and watch the freaks.
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Oct 10th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Also, being a studio audience member is so fun. I've been in the audience for Price is Right and Jeopardy. Worth doing. Some shows you need to plan ahead for. Sometime if you stand outside the Mann Chinese theater people will come around and hand you tickets for pilots and focus groups. In fact catching a movie at the Mann is cool too.
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Oct 10th, 2011, 01:14 PM
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I think you would enjoy your trip a lot lot more if you would spend more time actually doing the things along the way instead of most of you time driving and not really experiencing anything. I think you need to cut out something and add some days to others.

I think you should give us an ITEN. of your entire trip and include your days in SD, SF, and Yosemite. Personally, I would cut SF down to probably 3 days(and it is my favorite city in CA).
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Oct 10th, 2011, 01:32 PM
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Thanks guys,

Chris_Brown: Maybe we´ll have time just for Hollywood BLVD.
spirobulldog: we have many relatives to visit there and lot to see in the city! 3 days is impossible!
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Oct 10th, 2011, 02:07 PM
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guilherme: My cousin used to live in Sao Paulo and now lives in Rio, so Brazil is on our wish list to visit!!
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Oct 10th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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no one said, and I dare say no one thinks, there is nothing to see in LA. That is ridiculous. But guilherme_maranhao is simply not allowing ANY time to see it. W/ less than 5 hours they will spend most of their time just trying to figure out where they are.

2 days? Yep, definitely enjoy a tiny bit of Los Angeles. But less than 1/2 a day? What is the point?
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Oct 10th, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Well most of the trip is just a tad bit better, other than SF. All the rest seems unreasonable to me. 2 days in Yosemite that includes driving means really you have two -1/2 days. Basically, you will see the valley and that's it.
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Oct 11th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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Hi janisj,

You mean there is nothing to see in LA within this very short time or within any time I have at all? The point is we think it´s an unique oportunity to see the LA we watch on the movies and on TV, even in this very short time. But is there a possibility to skip LA on this route? Like going around it? Or do we have to cross it anyway? Is there a way to go around, not hit traffic and get on the other side of LA in a shorter time than if we face the traffic? If not, I think we´ll cross it and enjoy we´ll have during the way.
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Oct 11th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Yes-- you will have to drive across part of LA to get north. Your problem is "crossing LA" will show you nothing. That is why I suggested a way to maximize your time on the coast is to drive through the west side of Los Angeles the evening before when there is less traffic.

Or another option-- if you REALLY want to spend time in LA - you could leave SD in the evening and stay that night maybe in Santa Monica or somewhere towards the west side. Then the next day check out a couple of sites and start your drive north about 1PM, 2PM at the latest.
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Oct 11th, 2011, 08:01 AM
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sorry janisj, I've read your post again and got what you've mean about the time to spend in LA: 2 days would be the minimun to enjoy LA.

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Oct 11th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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And if we leave SD about 5:30 a.m.?
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Oct 11th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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If you leave SD at 5:30am you will hit the worst of the rush hour in LA. Better to leave a bit later, 7:30 or 8,and by the time you get to LA the absolute worst is over.
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Oct 11th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Is LA traffic worse than São Paulo's? Is it possible???
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Oct 11th, 2011, 09:18 AM
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>>And if we leave SD about 5:30 a.m.?<<

You'll hit LA at peak traffic time. But with 2 of you in the car, you'll be able to travel in the commute lane - where one exists.

You will be in Calif at around Nov 1. It could be rainy & cool and or sunny & mild. Not much beach scene, however. I lived in Laguna Beach for 5 years when we were in our mid/late 20s (plus San Gabriel for 23 years), and Nov was definitely not LA/Baywatch "beach time". The beaches were often vacant - even with mild weather. Don't know about Venice Beach, however. The LA depicted on TV is, of course, not "real". If seeing the "walk of stars" in front of Mann's (it was Grauman's(?) when we lived there) excites you - then do that. If you want to see where people selling maps of the star's "supposed" homes are located (don't know if they still do that) then head off there.

I think what many people are trying to convey to you is that a huge percent of your time in the LA area will be spent on unsightly freeways in heavy traffic, or trying to navigate on unfamiliar & still mostly unsightly non-freeway roads. The Getty was built well after we moved up north - and that seems like it might be an easy on/off the freeway - but make sure that the Getty fits your interests. If you "must" see LA - I vote for following janisj's advise - but I thought the Venice/Manhatten/Santa Monica Beach area was not that interesting when I returned to that area for a High School reunion about 8 years ago. The beaches at Carmel/Spanish Bay/Morro Bay/Pfeiffer/Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/Laguna are all a lot more interesting for me - but others may disagree.

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Oct 11th, 2011, 09:37 AM
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Disclaimer. I have not driven in Sao Paolo. But I do know how to get on the internet. Sao Paolo traffic is apparently far worse than LA. See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_congestion
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Oct 11th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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Thanks Stu Dudley. My main interests in LA are Hollywood and Beverly Hills area. Is it difficult to get in the morning?

"If you want to see where people selling maps of the star's "supposed" homes are located (don't know if they still do that) then head off there." LOL
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Oct 11th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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Consider this - leave San Diego in the evening - around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Spend the night in Hollywood. In the morning, drive down Hollywood Blvd. (where there's really nothing to see except Mann's Chinese Theater, the Capitol Records Building and the theater where Cleopatra premiered). Or take a walk on funky hip Melrose Avenue (also in Hollywood). Drive out Santa Monica Blvd. to Beverly Hills and do a little driving tour of Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills very upscale shopping area) and BelAir (Beverly Hills very upscale residential area). Head out Sunset Blvd. toward the coast, and then up the coast toward Malibu.
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