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california trip

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california trip

hi there,

my friend and i are looking to visit california in october this year. we are looking for any kind of advice or recommendations as we do not know a lot about cali. Probably going to fly to san francisco as i would really like to do the bike tour of the city! we would really like to visit Laguna Beach,how far is it from san francisco?? we are looking to be there for 2 weeks,any info would be much appreciated! :-)

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Can you drive/will you be renting a car?

What are your general ages?

What are you interested in seeing/doing?

What do you NOT want to see/do?

Why don't you get ahold of a guidebook and pick out what seems interesting, then post again with more specific questions?

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Hello Leanne and welcome to Trip Advisor Forums. May I suggest you take a good guide book (either at a store) or online and read through it so that you can decide what you want to do and where you want to stay. You have mentioned two places which are about 400 mi apart. Google maps would be a good way to see distances

There are top questions and itineraries on the RHS and trip reports and itineraries that you may want to review. There is a lot of info on SF in the SF page and likewise about Laguna Beach on that page so do have a look, and then if you have specific questions about a place do post them, but more background you give the more it would help

There are so many places to see and here is an itinerary

SF -- 3 days

Yosemite 2 days

Monterey 1 day

Cambria 1 day

Santa Barbara 1 day

LA -- 3 days

Laguna Beach / Orange County -- 3 days

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Leanne: You really need to get two things before you start making plans. (1) A paper map of California. (2) A tourist book about California. Study these two (so you will know how very far from San Francisco Laguna Beach is, among other things). Then you'll be ready to formulate a viable plan. Take care and have fun with your research.

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Laguna Beach is 432 miles (691 km) from San Francisco. It's possible to drive from San Francisco to Laguna Beach in one day, but there is so much to see and do between the two, that it's a huge waste to just zoom through it all in one day. I'd recommend taking at least 3 days to get from San Francisco to Laguna Beach, with one overnight stop in Monterey, Carmel or Pacific Grove, and the second overnight stop in either San Simeon, Cambria, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach or Santa Barbara.

Another member of this forum took a trip to the central coast of California in June of last year and posted an extensive gallery of photos with descriptive captions. This can help you decide what to see in the central coast area of California. https://picasaweb.google.com/Mjneenan/Califo…

With 2 weeks you can see and do a lot in California. You can decide on your general route and overall itinerary in this thread. When you have settled on an overall route and general itinerary, you should start a new thread in the local forum of each destination you are going to be in, such as San Francisco, Laguna Beach, and possibly Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, and other localities you will be in during this trip.

In each local thread, state that the trip will be in October, and how long you will be in that location, your interests and what you like to see and do on your vacations, your travel style (frenetic and fast-paced with a lot of driving, or leisurely and slow-paced, staying in one place, bicycle touring, etc.) your approximate budget per day and any other facts pertinent to your travels. In those threads, the "locals" and destination experts for each locality will help you by posting suggestions for things to see and do in that area, where to stay, where to eat, and any other local and seasonal tips for that area.

Your overall route and general itinerary may change a little, as a result of these local plans, but eventually you will build up a detailed trip plan that is customized for you and your travel style. October is a good month for visiting California, as the weather is typically clear, warm, dry and sunny almost everywhere. And it's generally much less crowded than in the peak summer months of travel.

Although this site was written for families with kids, I think it is so well-organized and clearly written that it is useful for anyone planning a trip to California: travelforkids.com/Funtodo/…california.htm

Edited: 08 January 2012, 17:49
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