North or South ”
Jun 21, 2011, 4:57 AM
My husband and I are visiting California for the first time from Wisconsin. We will be arriving July 3 at 11:50, San Francisco, Airport, leaving Monday July 11. We will be renting a car so we can explore. This is sort of a spur of the moment trip for us, when the opportunity presented, we jumped at the chance of visiting California. Realize the holiday will cause bigger crowds.
Our goal is to experience the beautiful coast, but would like to find quieter spots, if at all possible. I have started my research and have looked at driving Hwy. 1 South, possibly staying at Pacifica, and visiting Montara, traveling to Montery Bay and Pont Lobos. Would Pacifica be a good place to stay? But I’m wondering if it would be less crowded to go North on Hwy. 1.
We want to enjoy California coast, we like moderate hikes, would like to find a home base that is affordable, we are on a budget. We aren’t looking for fancy, just comfortable, clean, and friendly. We would like to take time just to relax and explore. Enjoy local attractions, restaurants, and visiting to learn more about the area. What about driving North to Mendocino or….? We would love to see the big red woods as well, but don’t want to venture too far from the ocean. Wine tours aren’t a number 1 for use, but if we have time and something was close, we would enjoy visiting, and sampling.
We would really appreciate suggestions, recommendations for sights, accommodations, driving tips, etc. Which would be better North or South of San Francisco?