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Road Trip: San Francisco to LA

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Taking the trip from San Francisco to LA is iconic, filled with gorgeous views, towering mountains and fun times. The Pacific Coast Highway is a great 450 mile stretch and guides you down the California coast.

Here are our favorite stops along the way for either an hour or a day:

California Hwy 1
First Stop: Santa Cruz
As the wonderful views of the city of San Fran slips behind you and the ocean views stretch before you get ready for some fun in the beach town of Santa Cruz. The classic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a half-mile long beachfront amusement park is filled with 34 rides and numerous arcades. The town’s vibe is funky and don’t forget to stop by the original Santa Cruz skateboard shop for a piece of history.

Carmel and Big Sur
If you’re looking for a great snack or amazing home-style breakfast, Carmel has amazing cafés and is the perfect stop before heading into the nature enclave of Big Sur. This coastal gem is full of some of the best hikes, waterfalls and hidden beaches. If you can find the one with purple sand, you’re in for a real treat.

Cayucos to Santa Barbara
Cayucos and a charming little town to stop for a night full of quirky boutiques, homemade food and wood-fired pizza. If you’re looking to dip your toe into surfing, Santa Barbara is a great place to stop. The bustling city, cute shops, picture perfect beaches and world-class seafood is a great place to spend some time.

The Final Stretch to LA
Start the day off right with a walk along Butterfly Beach. To ease back into the bustling city life, take the long route and drive through Malibu and Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Pier is a great stop with the pier’s ferris wheel and the end of the iconic Route 66.

Road Trip from San Fran to LA
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See San Francisco

Friday, August 12th, 2016

San Francisco is the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to make sure you do when in ‘Shaky Town’.

Golden Gate Bridge

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This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for your walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

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Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

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The famous former prison can be reached by ferry. Once you arrive you will receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

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This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails winding around a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and caves. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

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The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.

Trip Itinerary: California Coast

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Driving Highway 1 along the California Coast has been on my bucket list for years. Skiing the top California Mountains has also been on my bucket list for years. So when the opportunity came combining the two for an ultimate Cali road trip, who could give that up.

Check out below my ski/coastal Cali road trip itinerary:

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

The first stop on the list was Mammoth Mountain. I spent a couple days enjoying the slopes of this big bad hill. It was a ton of fun. Although I stayed at the base of the mountain, there was a free shuttle to downtown which boasted unique shopping, dinning, and small town feel.

Mono Lake

Mono Lake

Next was the drive up to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, a stop at Mono Lake is a must. It’s one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere and is 70 square miles in size.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

I drove along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to make it to North Lake Tahoe to start.

Northstar California

Northstar California

Purchasing the EPIC ski pass to hit NorthStar, Heavenly and Kirkwood was the best bang for the buck. Starting off at Northstar California was a great intro to Tahoe. It snowed the entire day and provided some great deep turns.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley

Being in North Lake Tahoe, skiing Squaw Valley is a must. Squaw hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and should be on every snow sport enthusiasts bucket list.

Pier 39 San Francisco

Pier 39 San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

After skiing for a few days, it was time to head to the coast for the weekend. I spent a few days wandering around San Francisco. Checking out Pier 39 and the sea lions, doing the night tour of Alcatraz (the night tour is highly recommended as the added dusk feel offers the best creepy feeling as well as fantastic views of San Fran, eating at some of the best restaurants San Francisco has to offer (hello China Town) and dancing the nights away to the wonderful live music, was a great time spent.

Heavenly Mountain

Heavenly Mountain

After being in the city it was time to head back to the mountains – to South Lake Tahoe. Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain was on the list. Heavenly is uniquely situated right on the California/Nevada border. The views of the lake are breath taking from the top of the mountain. So if you are a gambler, it’s easy walk down the road into Nevada and spend some time in the casino. If you’re like me, I decided to eat at the Fire and Ice Grill & Bar and watch the chefs toss up custom meals.

Kirkwood Mountain

Kirkwood Mountain

After Heavenly, I stayed at the base of Kirkwood Mountain. Which was my favourite mountain of the trip. The terrain was great and varied, providing a little bit for everyone. I was there mid week and had the mountain to myself. The staff was super friendly and the little pub had great food, a toasty fireplace and drink specials that couldn’t be beat.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Kirkwood was the final mountain stop of the trip. After that I was coast bound. Highway 1 was calling my name. I headed for the coast and decided on a stop over in Santa Cruz. I was so happy for the stop over too. The pier was great (and it started a bit of a pier obsession that I now have), the shops and restaurants were quaint and everyone seemed to breathe and love Santa Cruz. I visited the first surfing museum and witnessed some of the best waves to date. It also happened to be the 40th anniversary of Santa Cruz Skateboards, so a stop at their shop was a must.

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

After walking all over Santa Cruz it was time to do the drive. The coastal highway 1 is an absolute must do! The coastal waters were gorgeous. There were also sightings of sea lions, elephant seals and wild Zebras as well! I kept my eye’s peeled for a whale sighting and even stopped for lunches and dinners at restaurants on the coast, but didn’t spot any.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

One of my favourite stops along the coast was Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The purple sand was so unique and the waters were amazing. It’s a tough spot to find as the turn off isn’t marked. But it’s well worth the time to scope it out.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

After a big long drive, next stop was Santa Monica. I continued my love affair with piers and headed out there as my first stop. Being in the bustling city was a nice change. The warm weather and night life was exactly what was needed.

Hollywood

Hollywood

The final stop was Hollywood. Any trip to California isn’t complete without a stop in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, or the Hollywood Sign. The picturesque view of the Hollywood Sign towering over the city was the perfect ending to the perfect trip of snow and sun.

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RV Rentals For Going to Burning Man

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Heads Up! I just checked our website this morning for availability for RV Rentals Going To Burning Man. Although some companies are stating that they are sold out for the burning man festival time period, there are others who still have  a few units.  The prices seem pretty good, so it may be worth your time to make a few inquiries.

If this event is on your list of mini-vacations this summer, now is the time to ensure that you have somewhere to sleep when you get there. I understand that the “only” way to go is by RV!

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Ghirardelli Square

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? Friday November 23rd, 2012. 5:30 pm.
  • Where? Ghirardelli Square
  • What? Just like it sounds. The 47th annual Tree lighting ceremony.
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Official Website: http://www.ghirardellisq.com/events/tree-lighting-ceremony/tree-lighting-ceremony

Oktoberfest By The Bay 2012

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? September 28th-30th, 2012
  • Where? Pier 48 San Francisco California
  • What? This event copies the larger event in Munich Germany. This festival includes singing, dancing, food and of course beer.
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Official Website: http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/

Castro Street Fair

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? Sunday, October 7th, 2012. 11am to 6pm.
  • Where? Castro Street, San Francisco.
  • What? This street fair features arts, crafts, music, dancing and food.
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Official Website: http://www.castrostreetfair.org/

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2012

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? September 8th and 9th, 2012 12 pm to 5 pm.
  • Where? Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street between Larkin and Polk Streets
  • What? This is the 17th annual Chocolate Festival. This family friendly event features local chefs and their chocolate creations. It also includes live music, children activites and the “Earthquake” ice cream eating contest.
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Official Website: http://www.sresproductions.com/ghirardelli_square_chocolate_festival.html

San Francisco Fringe Festival 2012

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? September 5th – 16th, 2012
  • Where? Check website for updates.
  • What? San Francisco Fringe Festival is the largest grass roots theater festival in the
    Bay area with over 200 performances by 40 theater companies.
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Official Website: http://www.sffringe.org/wordpress/

San Francisco Shakespeare in the Park 2012

Monday, March 19th, 2012
  • When? Weekends in July, August and September
  • Where? Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park, Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, Grounds of Redwood City’s Sequoia High School and the Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn.
  • What? Henry V
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Official Website: http://www.sfshakes.org/park/index.html