Tuesday, April 13, 2010

LA to SF

Here are my suggestions to my sister-in-law's neighbor (whom I've never met but hope she enjoys their trip, none-the-less!

There are, of course, an unlimited number of things you can do. Here are a few suggestions off the top of my head:

Disneyland and California Adventure, of course
I'm not a big Universal Studios fan, but I do like CityWalk http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/
Visit Venice Beach for a true L.A. scene: http://www.venicebeach.com/
Santa Monica Pier and Rodeo Drive for great people watching: http://www.santamonicapier.org/ or http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/index4.html
Santa Barbara is a beautiful town right on the beach. Maybe visit Mission Santa Barbara for a little California history lesson http://santabarbaramission.org/
Solvang is a cute dutch town on the road between LA and Santa Barbara: http://www.solvangusa.com/
Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara County? http://www.sbcountywines.com/wineries/wineries.html
Cambria is one of my favorite Chardonnays http://www.CambriaWines.com/
Tour Hearst Castle in San Simeon. You should reserve tickets ahead of time: http://www.hearstcastle.org/
Drive Highway 1 through Big Sur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur
Eat a corndog and ride the roller coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk http://www.beachboardwalk.com/

In San Francisco, be sure to walk through Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach (Little Italy)
For a slightly risque and definitely irreverent show, see Beach Blanket Babylon http://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/
Another fun (though pricey) experience is Teatro Zinzanni. It's part dinner theater, part circus and part comedy show http://love.zinzanni.org/
Walk or ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge http://www.blazingsaddles.com/
Take the ferry to Alcatraz (http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/) and/or Sausalito (http://www.sausalito.org/) Must get Alcatraz tickets ahead of time.
Ride a cable car from Market Street (http://www.sfcablecar.com/), hop off to visit the FREE Cable Car Museum (http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/),
then get back on and continue to Ghirardelli Square for hot fudge sundaes (http://www.ghirardellisq.com/)
The California Academy of Sciences is a wonderful new science museum which opened about a year ago http://www.calacademy.org/
The DeYoung Museum is newly remodeled http://www.famsf.org/
The Asian Art Museum is very popular, though I haven't been there http://www.asianart.org/
SFMOMA is always good, too http://www.sfmoma.org/
The Ferry Building is full of great places to eat http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
The Slanted Door is a fantastic small plates restaurant located in the Ferry Building http://www.slanteddoor.com/

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