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Rental car and trip to Monterey and Carmel

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Rental car and trip to Monterey and Carmel

We will be in SF for 8 days around the 4th of July. Wanted to take a daytrip to Monterey. Any suggestions on where to rent a car? How long a trip to Monterey? We'll be staying at the Hyatt Regency near the Embarcadero.

We're also going to do Alcatraz, Sausalito, Muirwoods, and general SF sights. ANy other suggestions? 2 Adults and 2 teenage girls. thanks!

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1. Re: Rental car and trip to Monterey and Carmel

When I live in the city years ago, I rented a car from the Hyatt at the Embarcadero!

It takes about 2 hrs to Monterey. Maybe 2.5.

Teenage girls will love shopping in Carmel. The beach is nice at about 3 pm when everyone is out walking dogs.

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Given the age of your teenagers on the day you go to Monterey, try to stop by Santa Cruz Boardwalk on the way back. The entire family will enjoy it. http://www.beachboardwalk.com/ It is free to walk through and if you decide to do a ride or two, then you just need to buy for the ride (or there are other all day ride alternatives.). It stays open later (10:00) in the summers.

Also, you might want to think about taking Cal Train and going to Great America in Santa Clara. Also a good place for teen--agers


If its foggy in San Francisco on the 4th, head here as they have one of the best firework shows in the area.

Also, be sure to go to the Ferry Building in San Frannciso. Fun in itself. You might want to think about taking the ferry to Vallejo (fun fast trip) and back. If interested you can easily tie this in with a day to Marineworld. www.sixflags.com/parks/marineworld/index.asp

It doesn't require renting a car and the ferry trip is fun!

Also, take in a movie at the Metreon (its a fun place to go (Sony stores, arcades, places to eat (inexpensive), and movies. A fun way to spend one night in San Francisco. Its pretty also and you can see San Francisco building architecture well from the outside plaza.

Enjoy your trip ....sounds like you have time to really do a lot!

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3. Re: Rental car and trip to Monterey and Carmel

You can rent a car right there at your hotel. There is a Budget Car Rental Agency right in the lobby. They will bring the car right to the door for you. You will do best just renting a car the day of your trips. The Hyatt at the Embarcadero is really great for public transportation. Everything (cablecars, buses and subways) are just steps from the front door. The Embarcadero has a nice shopping mall with all types of restaurants. For someplace really nice to dine, Boulevard is just a short walk. Have not been there since the Ferry Building opened, but it is supposed to be really great also.

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4. Re: Rental car and trip to Monterey and Carmel

Monterey is farther than 125 miles from here. Taking the Cabrillo Highway (1) is the best way to go. It'll take close to three hours. Carmel is a tiny bit farther.

The return via Highway 101 will be a bit, but not much quicker.

You can skip Muir Woods if you don't miss the "Bonny Doon" sign on the Cabrillo Highway. It will take you through a dense redwood forest into Santa Cruz. It's always dark on that road.

In Santa Cruz, take a ride on the Giant Dipper, an excellent rolle-coaster with the best tunne this 'coaster freak has ever experienced.

In Monterey, eat at Monterey's Fish House!!!

When here, your best source of advice on where to eat is the UseNet Group ba.food. There's a link to it at the first URL below.

The "Don't-miss sights in San Francisco" page geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/Sights.html has enough to keep you busy for nine twelve-hour days.

The best on-line map of San Francisco is an inter-active PDF: geocities.com/iconoc/Grafix/MuniMap.gif. Click on it to get the *.PDF. I recommend 200-400% magnification. A creation of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, it includes all of its routes.

The frequently-updated SPECIAL EVENTS page has irregularly-scheduled music and dances as well as links to seven calendars of regularly-scheduled dances, a composite of five of them, and one of dance cruises and events around the world: geocities.com/dancefest/Specials.html#t

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