Flew into SFO Thurs June 16. Hubby, son 18 and daughter 11 and me.
Stayed one night at Argonaut on Waterfront. Great location, really nice room.Thurs night walked around Wharf area. Enjoyed the Wharf entertainers-esp the spray paint artisits. Very cool! and had dinner right there at Coppinos. Better than you might think for a touristy place. Had lunch there again on Fri.
Fri am did Cable car (empty at 8 am), really fun. Did Go Car tour--really fun way to see a ton of the city at your own pace, but without driving a car (parking hassle) or riding a bike (hills are tough!). Cost $250 for 2 1/2 hours for 2 cars.
Drove to Yosemite in afternoon, leaving Mountain View Ca at 2:30, arriving Yosemite View Lodge at 8:30 with a dinner stop. Traffic was horrible at several different points. Had a 2 BR apt at Yosemite View Lodge for 2 nights, Fri and Sat, which worked out GREAT. This is like having an apt at a resort--several pools, hot tub, etc. Much nicer than I thought. Apt was only $20 more per night than a double queen room--about $260 per night.
Saturday am-Did Glacier Point bus tour one way out of Yosemite Lodge at 8:30 which takes you to top. Hiked down Panorama Trail. Very difficult, more so than I anticipated. Hubby and I SOOO sore for 3 days, but must say, worth it. No crowds at all at top or along the way. Terrbile crowds on Valley floor at 5 when we got down. Grid lock with shuttles and cars. Tip- walk any where you need to get--it will be faster. Great pizza dinner at the Degnans Cafe at 6.
Sunday morning rented bikes at the Lodge and rode all over the valley floor. Spectacular.
Drove back to SF--left at 2, arrived at 6:30 with a dinner stop.
Moved in to a 2 BR house through VRBO at Waller and Divisidero for one week rental (cost $1255 for week). Had driveway, so no parking prob. Worked out great to have so much room and kitchen for breakfasts.
Mon am in SF--drove over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Had lunch there-took 1pm ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. Beautiful ride and views. Did tram tour there. Very interesting history and great views of SF, Alcatraz, Bridges, etc.
Tues am drove down the coast on Hwy 1 stopping for views. Had lunch at the grill at Pebble Beach Golf course. Very nice food and service.
Stopped in Santa Cruz-great beach day, played some beach
volleyball on nets set up on public beach. Fun!
Toured Point Lobos State Reserve. A must do! Amazing views, lots of sea lions and seals. Incredible rock formations. Spent 2 1/2 hours.
Checked in to 1 Br suite at Big Sur River Lodge. Very nice. Not as rustic as I thought it might be. Had a so so dinner in the Pub there.
Wed am--incredible breakfast at Deetjens. A MUST MUSt do. Great food, service, atmosphere. Just go. Can't stop thinking about it.
Hiked at Limekiln State Park. Quiet, beautiful, prehistoric-like. Old redwoods, creek. Loved it. Solitude.
Lunch at Nepenthe-loved it. Great food, service. Views diminished by fog, but memorable. Just go. There are 2 restaurants there. Either would be great.
Hiked at Pfieffer State Park. didn;t love as much. Hot dry trails, crowded, no view to speak of.
Back to Big Sur lodge for pool time. Great outdoor pool. Sunny and warm enough. Very nice resort.
Thurs am-drove north to Monterey to do Aquarium. Had breakfast at a Denny's there--typical, and fine. Aquarium is great. Spent 2 hours.
To Santa Cruz for lunch with my cousin, a surfer dude who lives there. Watched surfers. Fun.
To Google in Mountain view to visit son who's interning there--he gave us a tour and we had dinner there. VERY cool.
Back to house in SF.
Fri am-chilled at house all morning-kinda exhausted. Went back to Wharf area to do the Pamplitino Submarine tour. Neat. Only took 30 min or so. Had lunch at Wipeout. Touristy, but fine. Did the 3:55 Alcatraz tour. Really neat and interesting. Dinner at Firenze By Night. Super expensive and kinda wasted on the kids since they just had spaghetti. Only ok, to tell the truth.
Saturady up and out early to Muir Woods. 45 min VERY windy drive from SF. Already busy at 9 when we arrived, but got a parking space right up front. Did a 2.5 mile hike that was awesome. Really deserted up on the trails, which is nice. Really takes away from a place like that when you are hiking nose to rear. LOVED it there. BONUS-- had lunch at the Cafe there and it is AWESOME. Great local, organic food, really reasonably priced. Small, so could be crowded later but we were in there by 11:15. My hubby said he had the best tuna sandwich of his life, and my yogurt and fruit parfait was amazing.
Last dinner in Haight Ashbury at All You Knead. Kinda looks like a dive but very good pizza and salads.
Sun am flew home.
Will post more details on individual forums soon.