Would appreciate any feedback on our itinerary for our upcoming trip the end of Aug to SF/Carmel. We are mid-40's and in pretty good shape. We like nature and history. (And a bit of shopping...)
Arriving on Sat noon time (will get our 3-day muni passes at the airport) and will drive to Carmel. Plan to just take in the town and a walk to the beach if we have time. Dinner at Little Napoli.
Day two Carmel: Visit the Mission in am and drive the 17 mile Drive. Hike in Point Lobos in the afternoon. Dinner at Demetra.
Day three Carmel: Drive to Big Sur and hike Julia Pfeiffer park. Maybe stop at Nepthene, I'd like to visit the gift shop and also stop at Hawthorne Gallery. If we're back in time, a drive thru Carmel Valley and hopefully stop at a winery, OR drive to Monterey and walk around or Pacific Grove. (Not interested in the Aquarium.) No plans for dinner, maybe Club Jalapeno or AW Schucks. Hubby doesn't like too much foo-foo at dinner and likes under $30 entrees.
Day four to SF: Will drive to SF. Plan to stop at Henry Cowell State Park and see the Redwoods. Any other suggestions on this would be appreciated (Henry Cowell vs Big Basin?) Would drive up Rt 9 to Rt 35 to get to SF. We will miss the coast line though from Monterey to SF....But I guess we'll have seen a lot of coastline by then anyway. Get to SF in the afternoon drive across the Golden Gates Bridge, maybe a quick stop in Sausalito, drive down Lombard St and then park our car for the next few days (found two places near our hotel that are a bit cheaper.) Plan to eat dinner in Union Square, not sure where. Maybe Scala's or somewhere similar. Would like to go to Harry Denton's or Top of the Mark before or after dinner. (We tend to eat pretty late.)
Day five in SF: Take the cable car (we're staying on Nob Hill) to the Wharf if we can get on (if not we'll walk) for a quick walk around, have to see the sea lions and would like to spend a few minutes in the Musee Mechanique arcade. Maybe stop at the cable car museum and a walk up and down Lombard on our way to FW. Have Alcatraz tickets for 1:30. Take the F streetcar down to the Ferry Building and then walk to Union Square for a bit of shopping (want to go to Alessi.) Dinner that night in North Beach at E Tutto Qua.
Day six in SF: Walk through Chinatown (I have a few walking tours to use,) then through North Beach over to Coit Tower. Up the Greenwhich steps and down the Filbert Steps, (not quite sure which goes up and then down but I can see it on the map.)
Then after that, I'm not sure about the rest of the afternoon. I hoped to fit in something else, maybe:
- The Haight (but how many headshops can you look at?)
- The Mission 24th St area (but not really sure about this neighborhood, interesting murals, but good shopping?)
- The Marina area (I don't think we would have time to rent bikes and do the bridge...) so not sure if a good walk around is interesting? REad about Crissy Field, and that's not a must do for us.
- Maybe a museum. Don't want to deal with crowds, etc at the Academy of Science. Maybe the Museum of Modern Art?
- Don't think we want to go to Golden Gate Park.
Sorry this is so long, but would appreciate any comments, especially about our last day. And did I miss anything that is a must see? I will post a trip report when we return. Thanks!