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1 Week from LA to San Fran

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1 Week from LA to San Fran

I am travelling with my sister, we arrive in LA on the 15 June from Vegas. We want to see Holywood Hills, tour the amazing houses and go to Universal Studios in LA. We would love to stay in Malibu beach but concerned it might be a bit far to travel to the hills and universal as we would want to do this on the 16/17 June.

After that our only deadline is getting to San Fran for 22 June, we will be hiring a car a driving up the coast and would like to visit Carmel. Apart from that no other plans, do you have any tips or hints for us??


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1. Re: 1 Week from LA to San Fran

I am in the process of planning a trip also from LA to SF. Somethings you might want to do in LA is visit the Santa Monica Pier (we will be staying there for 3 nights while doing our LA tour). As you drive up the PCH, some highlights to stop and see are: Heart Castle in Cambria, Elephant Rockery. As you drive thru Big Sur, stop and have lunch at Nepenthe on your way to Carmel/Monterey. Go to the Acquarium in Monterey. Go to Santa Cruz north of there and visit that town on and go to Henry Park to see the Redwoods. Just a couple of suggestions with the time you have.

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2. Re: 1 Week from LA to San Fran

Do you have specific questions.

Tips. Read the Top questions on the La SF and California fora on where to stay without a car for La and why to not have a car in SF and where to overnight between la and SF. Need Pismo or Cambria in addition to Carmel

Malibu yes is too far to do what you want to see

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3. Re: 1 Week from LA to San Fran

Assuming you have 4 nights for the drive (or does the week not include your time in SF?), you could do:

Santa Barbara - 1 night

Cambria or San Luis Obispo - 1 night

Monterey or Carmel - 2 nights

You can visit the "Elephant Seal Rookery" just north of Cambria to see elephant seals in season, and visit "Henry Cowell State Park" to see redwood trees.

Edited: 24 May 2013, 17:34
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4. Re: 1 Week from LA to San Fran

In LA itself, you'll probably want to stay somewhere like Hollywood or West Hollywood, to be near Universal Studios, the Hollywood Hills, and the biggest tour company (www.starlinetours.com) stages their tours including stars homes tours from in front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. However with your own car you could easily drive by all the big homes yourself - basically look at Rodeo Drive and the nearby streets, in between Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. (and in some cases, north of Sunset Blvd.) for the amazing houses.

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5. Re: 1 Week from LA to San Fran

Plan a night's stay in Cambria and look into taking a tour of Hearst Castle. The drive from Cambria to Carmel takes about 2.5-3 hours with no stops, but you should stop. See the elephant seal rookery about 4 miles north of Cambria, stop at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see McWay Falls, stop at Nepenthe for the view and maybe a meal, stop for a photo at the Bixby Bridge, spend some time at Point Lobos SNR. Beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coast--take the time to enjoy the drive.

On the drive north from Carmel to SF, stop at Santa Cruz for a look at the Boardwalk (and perhaps a ride on the Giant Dipper--a real bone-shaker) and then the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

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