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1. Posted by ash48 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hello again!
Just wondering what everyone's favorite part of California is? What's your favorite thing to do?

2. Posted by solveig (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

Hiking in one of the great national parks, like Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia or Redwood.


3. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

San Francisco is a really great city. Loved the sea lions at fishermans wharf.

4. Posted by ash48 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hey Tomm,
What's the fisherman's wharf?

5. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Fishermans Wharf is just a very popular tourist spot in San Fran. Lots of shopping and you can see sea lions that live there on wooden barges.
Also you can get the worlds best clam chowder in the dozens of eateries.

Its a nice area, the only thing memorable was the sea lions though.
I din't see as many hippies as i thought i would, not even in Ashbury /Haight area. BUt there were alot of kids downtown hanging around street corners with their boomboxes.

6. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

Southern California: Boogie-boarding in San Diego. The Sea Caves in La Jolla, eating fish tacos over the beach in Carlsbad. The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park museums. The Gaslamp Quarter for restaurants and nightlife. Tea at the Hotel Del Coronado, (The hotel in the movie SOME LIKE IT HOT), for starters.

Central CA: San Lous Obispo driving up to Cambria and visiting Hearst Castle then the beautiful drive up Big Sur to Monterey, (Fantastic Aquarium there), and San Francisco.

Northern CA: You can hardly go wrong. The coast, the Giant Redwoods, The Trees of Mystery, the National Parks. You name it.

7. Posted by FightingI (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I agree that the sea lions are great, but the tourist crowds are a bit much. If you are on Fisherman's Wharf, check out the mechanical museum. A bunch of old mechanical games. Really cool stuff and no admission. Somebody's old collection that was donated to the city.

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

A perfect weekend in California is all about the California lifestyle.

Saturday starts with breakfast on the deck under the redwoods, then a quick 10 minute drive to the boat harbor to board a yacht with friends for a mid-day sail on Monterey Bay. We'll cruise over to "Steamers Lane" in Santa Cruz to watch the surfing competition, then dock at the Beach boardwalk to listen to the free afternoon concert, and watch the on-shore volleyball games. After a quick swim, we'll sail back to the yacht harbor, and then camp out and cook dinner over a bonfire on the beach.

The next day we'll sleep in;--then drive to one of the local wineries for wine tasting. We'll recharge (and recover) from the drinking by spending time in a spa or sauna. We'll change outfits and drive to San Francisco for dinner.

Depending on the mood we're in, we'll either go to a SF Giants baseball game at the new ballpark, or wander the shops near Union Square, in Chinatown, or in the Little Italy section of town. Then we'll take a cable car and spend the evening at a wild nightclub in midtown or at the "Beach Blanket Bingo" show in North Beach. Conversely, we may go drinking at one of the 30 Irish pubs in town of find a nice bohemian place that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge where there's a jazz band playing and we that has a good seafood bar (oysters, clams, shimp, crab, and mussels).

9. Posted by shmudoc (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

-Relax at Huntington beach
-Take some rids at SS Magic Mountain!

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

From San Fran - head out to Napa/Sonoma and do a wine tour - wonderfully relaxing and wonderful countryside - and the wine aint bad either!