I am planning our family trip from Detroit to San Francisco in April. We are all so excited but overwhelmed by all of the choices. I am looking for a few suggestions or some coaching by those who may be familiar with the area.
First, we are planning to spend 2 days in SF. Fisherman's Wharf, China Town, Lombard Street, etc. I figure we'll find our way around with busses/BART/maps. QUESTION: where should we stay?? I seem to find either cheaper hotels that get nasty reviews, or hotels that seem extremely expensive and maybe not-so-family-oriented. I would love a suggestion from someone who has stayed in a nice moderately priced hotel.
Then, I would like to take my kids to Monterey to see the aquarium. I have heard it is first-rate, we have been to the Chicago aquarium. QUESTION: should we be prepared for huge lines like in Chicago? We will be there on a weekday but it may be spring break for some. Any advice appreciated.
Next, we will be driving up Big Sur. QUESTION: any recommendations on a destination for a one-night stay on the route?
Thank you so much, sorry for so many questions but there is just SO MUCH to see and do.