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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 02:53 PM
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San Diego to San Francisco trip 2020/2021

Fly into San Diego...rent a car and end up in San Francisco...fly out of San Francisco. Maybe 11-12 days. Been on this trip twice in the 90's. At 71 I want to make this trip one more time while I can still walk. Ant new tips in the last 25 years? San Diego 3-4 days/LA area 3-4 days/stop near Hearst Castle for a night and the rest in San Fran near the airport. How difficult will the trip be with the cov.-19? Most likely 2021 when things have calmed down a bit (hopefully) from the virus.
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 03:34 PM
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""in San Fran near the airport""

Why near the airport?? Do you plan to NOT visit San Francisco???

I would certainly plan to spend at least 2 nights in the Big Sur/Carmel area before heading to the airport.

Hear are some ideas for the Big Sur/Carmel and San Francisco areas.
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 04:38 PM
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You are missing the most gorgeous parts of the coast - but without telling us what interests you (maybe you are mainly into cities and not so much scenery ) it is hard to give you useful suggestions. And near SFO is not at all a good location for visiting San Francisco.
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 05:31 PM
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Staying downtown San Francisco costs me about a weeks pay per night. Then....they charge me to PARK there on top of it! Last time there in the 90's I stayed at a Travelodge. I'll think about the Big Sur. In the 90's my stop between LA and San Fran was near Hearst Castle. I'll see about streshing it to Big Sur.
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 06:30 PM
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Staying downtown San Francisco costs me about a weeks pay per night. Then....they charge me to PARK there on top of it! Last time there in the 90's I stayed at a Travelodge. I'll think about the Big Sur. In the 90's my stop between LA and San Fran was near Hearst Castle. I'll see about streshing it to Big Sur.
First of all, no one needs/wants a car in San Francisco so if you choose to keep a car while visiting the city - that's on you. Secondly, the time and expense wasted staying at SFO is huge. If you keep the car and drive in you will pay a kings ransom to park. And if you take BART in and back out multiple times - that will also cost $$ and take even more time. To say staying in the city will cost a week's pay means you haven't looked all that closely. There are many economical places to stay. Instead of assuming staying at SFO is better -- why not tell us you budget and we can make suggestions . . .

But now it sounds more like you really want to recreate your earlier trip - if so, nostalgia is fine. It would not be my choice -- I personally would want much more time on the coast and less time in LA but that is me and maybe you have a long list of things you want to see/do there??
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 07:38 PM
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San Diego Zoo-WILD Animal Park-Huntington Beach-Venice Beach-Big Sur-Golden Gate Bridge to name a few are musts. Anything else is up for grabs. I've looked KOA's in the Big Sur area for places to stay. Much of my lodging comes off Ebay. I've been renting timeshares for about 20 years and have 100% good luck. I stayed this way in Gatlinburg-Nashville-Sedona and San Diego. Was able to get a one bedroom condo in Gatlinburg for 7 nights for $349 total. Stayed in a Nashville Timeshare (one mile from Grand Ole Opry) 5 nights for $299. Check it out some time. Have never tried San Francisco yet....will in a few minutes.
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You need at least one overnight stop between the LA area and Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula area. Good places would include Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Cambria among others. Santa Barbara is a bit too far south and besides they have laws against short term rentals as does most of the Monterey area (I think Pacific Grove still has some legal short term rentals).
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Old Jun 22nd, 2020, 11:37 AM
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Last 2 times I made this trip I stayed in Morro Bay.
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You may have already seen this but the Cow Hollow Motor Inn in San Francisco is a great option if you're looking for a cheap-ish place to stay in the city. The rooms are clean, staff helpful, and the location is fantastic. It's not downtown as much as it is in the Marina, which is a fun place to be.
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Stop in Santa Barbara.
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Definitely spend the day in Santa Barbara, with a ride inland toward Santa Ynez, stop at Coldspring Tavern for lunch on the way in. Skip Hearst Castle and continue as per suggested above.
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