I'm trying to plan a trip to the bay area in May for my best friend and I (he's never been to CA!). His only requirements are that we go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and flight + hotels totals less than $1000. I'm looking at flying into Oakland ($100 cheaper than SFO from Honolulu!) and definitely having a rental car. I'm currently looking at May 12-21 (we'd arrive in Oakland ~11pm on the 12th and fly out ~9am on the 21st). I was wondering if my current itinerary sounds doable. Any suggestions are more than welcome!
5/12 - arrive in Oakland, pick up rental car and drive to Stockton
5/13 (Stockton) - visit campus (I went to the University of the Pacific and if I was anywhere near Northern Cali and didn't visit campus, the ladies I worked with there would never let me forget it) and the Bass Pro Shop in Manteca (the best friend loves to fish and needs to replenish his supplies..haha)
5/14 (SF) - leave Stockton and drive to SF
Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building, and Japantown
5/15 (SF) - Golden Gate Park (Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden)
5/16 (SF) - Union Square and possibly a tour (?)
5/17 (Monterey) - leave the city in the morning and head to Monterey
Monterey Bay Aquarium and possibly 17-Mile Drive
5/18 (Santa Cruz) - boardwalk, Seymour Marine Discovery Center (?)
5/19 (Gilroy) - shopping...if my best friend doesn't want to shop, he can carry my bags ;)
5/20 (Oakland) - return the rental car and possibly catch the A's game
5/21 - fly home!
Nothing is set in stone right now. My friend is a marine biology major so if there are other fish/ocean related things we should check out, please let me know! He's excited for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and I'm just excited because I miss the mainland!