I am going to be in San Fransisco for 4 days and then driving down to LA on Highway 1 (over two days) and was wondering if anyone has any advice on things to see and places to go.....?
Restaurants/ cafes/ bars/ shops/ sights???
Thanks in advance!
san francisco consists of districts...(ie: marina, hayes valley, cow hollow, lower haight, upper haight, the mission etc...) there's a great guide called, the StyleCity San Francisco guide, they're terrific. anyhow, i recommend the mission district for food, bars and shopping (valencia street from 16th-24th streets) there, you'll find plenty to do. one of my favorite mexican restuarant, and a local's favorite is called, La Taqueria on Mission Street @ 24th. It's darn good and darn cheap. Doc's Clock Bar. Slow Club for a sophisticated, hip crowd~dinner. the Presidio for a beautiful view of the city...too much to do, but here's a few places to start.
San Francisco is great. A ton to see, do, and experience with pedestrian friendly streets and a great public transportation system. I'd recommend visiting Golden Gate park if you have a nice day (and the Conservatory of Flowers within the park is great). Chrissy Field is a nice place to walk/run/jog and has a great view of the bay and the Golden Gate. Weekend mornings there is a killer farmers' market at the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero. Union Street is full of nice little shops, classy bistros and a couple of low-key bars. On of my favorite restaurants in the City is called Mangarosa at 1548 Stocton St. It is Brazilian-Italian cuisine and phenomenal.
The Hwy 1 drive is amazing in itself so you are on the right track. There are some great beach towns to see like Carmel, Pacific Grove, Capitola, Big Sir, San Luis Obispo and my favorite - Santa Barbara. I've lived in SB for a bit so I am biased but I've heard others enjoy it, too. There are tons of easily accessible hiking trails, public beaches, places to rent bikes... I'd visit the Mission or the botanical gardens if you have the time. We have a nice art museum downtown and a natural history museum next to the Mission. Butterfly beach is a great beach if you have children (not too many people and no rocks). You can walk State St. if you are looking for the heart of downtown but there are also great places to eat at the harbor and on the Mesa. Brophy Bros. is a great place for seafood and a nice view at the harbor. Arigato is THE place for sushi (1200 block of State St.). For an entertaining meal and a good crowd go to The Palace Grill (cajun flair at State and Cota). Great place for lunch/sandwiches is the Greek market Metropolis (on Yananali St.). Joe's is the place to go for a good, stiff drink and Soho usually has some good live music and is a nice bar/restaurant to hang out in afterhours.
Hope that helps
Thanks both of you!
That is great information!
We leave tomorrow and I am getting really excited now!
Thanks again.............. xxx
Here's some things to see and places to go--but if you're leaving today, I don't know if you'll get this info before leaving.
Monterey area--go to the Aquarium--one of the best--it's in the Cannery Row area (made famous by the book "Cannery Row" written by John Steinbeck). The old Monterey pier is fun also. Just south of Monterey, take the famous 17 mile drive that goes right past the Pebble Beach golf course.
Restaurants that are very interesting are Shadowbrook in Capitola near Santa Cruz (waterfalls, greenhouse rooms, herb gardens, 5 story redwood building on a river, but expensive), Nepenthe (in Big Sur) for a fantastic view, or Moonstone Beach Bay & Grill (in Cambria) for fantastic beach views also.
Shops are great at Los Gatos (just south of San Jose), Cambria (just south of Hearst Castle and 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo), and State Street in Santa Barbara. As the other poster said, definitely go to State Street in Santa Barbara, and down along the beachside area. It's going to be raining here the next few days, but when its sunny and a weekend, you get a lot of people painting and doing artistic things right along the main beach. It also has superb sailing, and magnificent views.
P.S. Allow a long time to drive Highway 1. At places, all you can average is about 30 miles per hour.