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Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

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Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

HI, we are driving from Anaheim to San Francisco in a couple of weeks. We only have 4 days and we are looking for fun places to stop (even overnight) on the way to San Francisco. There are 5 of us (3 kids 8-16). We are also looking for a good place to stay in San Francisco that can take 5 people preferably near the wharf. Any ideas would be welcomed!!! Cant wait!!

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1. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Solvang is a fun place to stop for a couple of hours.

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2. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Welcome to TA Forum. There is a wealth of info in the TOP QUESTIONS on the California forum on this drive along Hwy1. That is the place for this question

Typically questions about multi city stays and itineraries and drives are best posted in that forum as this is the forum for the city of SF only.

For your SF questions please first read the Top Questions on the SF forum ---> on the right side of a web page on a pc or mac and there is one called hotels for a family of 5 or more. Some great stuff by PNWF.

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3. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Holiday Inn is always good for a large tribe, What route are you taking north? That pretty much determines what you will be able to see.

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4. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Are you leaving for home from SF? It'll take you a 1.5 days to travel the coast if you're stopping to see the sites. I just drove up from Anaheim last Sunday by I5 and it took 8hrs, stopping only for bathroom breaks, lunch and gasoline.

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5. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

3 night itineraries:

Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Monterey

or

Pismo Beach. Monterey, Santa Cruz

www.santabarbaraca.com

www.classiccalifornia.com

www.seemonterey.com

www.santacruz.com

Santa Barbara is geared more for couples, but they do have great beaches and a zoo.

Pismo Beach offers a long stretch of sandy beach, off roading in the nearby Oceano Dunes (Or hire the guy who gives dune rides in a Hummer), kitschy shops downtown next to the beach and pier

Monterey: Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent bikes and ride the rec trail along the shoreline

Santa Cruz: Famous for the beach boardwalk with fun rides, including a 100+ year old wooden roller coaster

Places to stop en route between LA and SF that are family friendly:

Emu ranch near Solvang

Avila Hot Springs Pool/Avila Valley Barn

Morro Bay/Rock

Elephant seal rookery a few miles north of Hearst Castle

McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Point Lobos State Reserve

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6. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

http://www.mysteryspot.com/

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7. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

Whichever way you go, you'll need to get out of Anaheim early morning, preferably before 7AM in order to get by the LA traffic.

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8. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

The elephant Seals are a MUST!! so amazing.

Santa Barbara has a great Zoo. You can also rent bikes that have a cab on them to fit the whole family.

Have fun!

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9. Re: Driving from Anaheim to San Francisco with kids..ideas?

The hotels that would accommodate 5 on fishermans wharf that I found are

Best western Tuscan inn but was booked for my dates (that was in jan for August)

Holiday inn express (which we've booked)

Argonaut (again was booked)

I found it really hard to get a hotel for 5 good luck

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