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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 08:42 AM
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San Francisco- meeting and looking to take week vacation following

I do not know the San Francisco/ Northern CA area very well. I have a meeting there in a few weeks and looking to take maybe 7-10 days afterwards for some R&R- any suggestions would be appreciated. What will the weather be like in Northern CA at that time? Would even consider a trip to Maui or one of the islands.
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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A side trip to Maui from San Francisco is a pretty big deal - so I suggest that you make up your mind about that before you do too much inquiring.

The weather can play a pretty big factor in your decision about an itinerary in Northern Calif. If could be beautiful & it could be rainy. No snow.

San Francisco is great anytime - sun or rain.

Carmel/Monterey/Big Sur would also be good destinations in nice weather - even if it is a bit cloudy. Plan on 2-3 nights there if the weather is fabulous & 2 nights if just cloudy.

The Wine Country (Napa/Sonoma) will be a little drab in late Nov because the vines will have lost their leaves or loosing their leaves. You can do a day trip to the Wine Country (1 to 1 1/2 hrs each way) from San Francisco. The wine country is best in Spring or early Fall - less exciting in Dec-Feb unless you want to visit a lot of wineries & don't care about bike rides, wandering in towns, scenic drives through the vineyards, etc.

If this was my vacation, I would spend about 5 nights min in San Francisco, do a day trip to the wine country and/or the Marin & Sonoma Coast (perhaps 2 day trips) on a good weather day. Then check the 3 day weather forecast. If it is rainy, just stay longer in SF (probably no trouble getting an extention at your hotel, unless there is a big convention in town). If the weather is nice, head out to Carmel for 2-3 nights. No problem getting a room there either.

Here are some suggestions:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=35129049

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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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There are so many wonderful sights to see in No. CA that there is no need to go to Hawaii. I suggest you get a travel guide book for SF and Northern CA. It will describe more than you could possibly do in your time frame. Pick the things that intrigue you the most. That will depend on what your interests are. Then you could return to this board for more specific questions. The weather will range from cool to warm depending on specific location and current weather fronts. Bring clothes for temps ranging from 50's to high 70's.
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 11:05 AM
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Wow if I could go to Maui I'd sure do it. The weather was great when we were there in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

If you decide to stay in northern CA you could do things like visit Napa/Sonoma, Yosemite, Monterey.
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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Thank you- thinking tranquility.
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 08:33 PM
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Well for tranquility------Point Lobos, Big Sur coastline, Pt. Reyes.
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there is a ton of stuff to do up there. you can spend days in san fran shopping, sightseeing and doing cultural activities, and the food is awesome. you could spend a day or two in napa/sonoma. we were in sonoma the beginning of october and many of the grapes were not picked yet so there should be color now after the grapes are picked. there is just one nice winery after another. on the way north to wine country, you could go thru saulsalito and the muir woods for the redwoods. if you prefer, you could head a bit south and do carmel (carmel is one of the cutest towns ever), monterey and the big sur forest. let's not forget the gorgeous california coastline!
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Old Oct 25th, 2009, 05:59 AM
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This is the hard part -- there are SO many options!
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Yes, isn't it great?
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Old Oct 26th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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It is great... but a bit ominus when trying to plan - I guess maybe thats my downfall- I am always planning for work so maybe I just wing it for 10 days!
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Yeah, sometimes it's fun to have no plans for a change and just wake up each morning and be spontaneous.
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How far is Monteray from San Fran and how long would a drive take down to San Diego?
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Tranquillity?

I'd do a condo on the beach in Maui. Unless there's a huge tropical storm, the weather would be warmer, the water would be warmer. You could laze out on/near the beach and listen to the surf while getting a tan. Gorgeous scenery. Then hop in your car and dine somewhere...
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Old Oct 28th, 2009, 05:57 AM
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The drive from SF to Monterey is about 2 hours. If you do it be sure to take HWY 280 not HWY 101 so that you will have less traffic and better scenery.
Don't even think about driving from SF to San Diego. You would use up most of your time sitting in a car driving. The drive would be about 7 hours without stops or traffic, 10 hours with traffic and no stops. Anyway, the most beautiful parts of CA are in the SF and Monterey areas, not down south.
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I've never made it to San Diego, EVER, in 7 hours LOL!
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Google maps says the drive from SF to San Diego is 7hr 46 min, mapquest gives 8 hr. But I agree that no mortal human could do that because that would be going Hwy 5 at full speed, and never slowing down or stopping---which is impossible for real people. sf7307, thanks for bringing us back to the real world in which the normal person could maybe make the drive somewhere between 10 hours and 2 days depending on how often and how long one wants to stop along the way. At any rate, it is certainly not worth missing all the beautiful sights in Northern CA to spend all that time driving south.
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in which the normal person could maybe make the drive somewhere between 10 hours and 2 days

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Driving 7 or 12 hours on Californian freeways as compared to this?

http://www.hawaiihotels.com/Main/Ind...ID=300&Ref=HHR

(Disclaimer: This is just one property on Maui. I don't have any interest in this property)
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