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California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Norwalk
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California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Starting in San Francisco - 1 week

Big Basin, Santa Cruz and Montery area - about 4 days

How much time do you suggest in Big sur? is 2 days enough???

What is good to do *(and how long to alot) After - we tour Hearst Castle

up to our next "relatives" - in Huntington Beach & San Diego

We will have about 8-9 days LA to San Diego area.

NO Disney and NO sea world (did these in Orlando)

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11. Re: California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Have you mentioned what time of year you're planning for this trip? Lodging in Big Sur is limited as it is, and if you're planning to travel during summer or holidays, it's even more challenging. I've enjoyed the accommodations and restaurant at the Big Sur River Inn

bigsurriverinn.com/lodging-big-sur-californi…

and Ripplewood Resort

http://www.ripplewoodresort.com/index.htm

And as already mentioned, if you're planning to visit Hearst Castle and it's summertime, make sure to make your reservations in advance to get that early morning time you'd want so you can hit the road by noonish.

Edited: 13 May 2013, 05:30
Norwalk
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12. Re: California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Hi

We will be going through the Big Sur Drive and the Central Coast 2nd Week of August.

*thanks for the vote for both those options . . . as I have looked into both.

*as a family of 5 - usually for 1 night - the 3 girls can share a bed. . . these 2 options looked more viable for this then a cabin!

Norwalk
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13. Re: California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Hi

thanks for the feed back regarding this options -- - if you see previous posts - the 5th small child seems to be a challenge in some options . . . . and yes - my family can examine every rock and climb boulder for hours --- for this part of the trip I need to find that balance!!!

I can see how popular this destination is in August and feel pressure to determine a pace, exact night and secure a room very soon.

Norwalk
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14. Re: California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Hi

I wanted to thank everyone for the input!

We slowing way down and really enjoying the destination.

1 night - Monterey, 1 night Big Sur, 1 night San Simeon, 1 night Solvang - - -

then we will head to southern California!

Grover Beach...
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15. Re: California Coast family vacation activity ideas

Have fun!

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