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    Figured I would ask here for any cool things that you recomend doing while in California. We are staying 20 min from San Francisco airport for a week vacation and just curious if there was something awesome to do with the wife or family (7 of us going). I have been looking online at the tourist stuff and so far I think we want to do Alcatraz tour, go see huge redwood tree, beach, fisherman’s wharf, and we may rent a drop top for me and the wife to take down highway 1 and back.. but I have time for more if you have any recomendations. I will not be riding or renting a bike while there as I am not comfortable enough to ride 2 up. Thank you for any suggestions!

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    Was out there (Sacramento) last spring for NCAA track prelims. Took a couple days to go up to Eureka and see the redwoods. It was spectacular and would go back in a heartbeat. We also took a drive up around Lake Tahoe. That was very enjoyable as well (the Cali side, the NV not so much).

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    • #3
      Just realize Eureka is about 4 hour drive from San Francisco one way. Being close to the Sf airports and on the south side of the city Id recommend the mystery spot in santa cruz. Big sur is in the same area. definitely have to walk the golden gate bridge. If theres kids there is a children museum in Sausalito just north of Golden Gate and its right on the bay. Yosemite is just a few hours east. Those are my recommendations

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      • daveto
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        Sorry for my ignorance but what is at eureka? And could you tell me more about the mystery spot. Thx

      • Brad_G
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        daveto, Eureka CA is a city to the north near the redwood forests along the coast. We stayed there a couple nights to venture out to see the sights up north.

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      You won’t have to go out of your way to see skid row! It’s everywhere! Very sad.

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      • #5
        If the family were with you going south down highway one, the Aquarium in Monterey (about 100 miles) is a must see.
        Years ago , with the kids, we camped at Samuel P Taylor State Park (about 50 miles north up highway one from SF). Beautiful area in the redwoods. Drake Beach and Point Reyes Lighthouse (Point Reyes National Seashore) is a must see for the family. One day we spent in SF and if I remember correctly Fishermans wharf is where you take the boat out to Alcatraz. So you'll experience all that in one afternoon. Lombard Street (most crooked street in the world) is cool. Just driving around those steep streets and seeing how the city is packed on the hills is cool.

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        • #6
          Sears Point. Also drive across the Golden Gate Bridge north on 101 as far as you have time for. Outrageous views.

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          • #7
            Im 45 mins north of San Francisco. No views on 101 for at lease two hours. Now Hwy 1 on the North side of the bridge has great views. Bodega Bay has Lucas Worth and The Tides Restaurant. And Yes Skid row is everywhere. It sucks.

            The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, I believe is a group of Redwood trees that creates optical illusions. I actually never been just heard many people talk about it and I seen a hundred thousand bumper stickers of people you have been there.

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            • #8
              The Stuckeys on I-40 is nice, if you like pecan logs.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by JoeBloShmo View Post
                Im 45 mins north of San Francisco. No views on 101 for at lease two hours. Now Hwy 1 on the North side of the bridge has great views. Bodega Bay has Lucas Worth and The Tides Restaurant. And Yes Skid row is everywhere. It sucks.

                The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, I believe is a group of Redwood trees that creates optical illusions. I actually never been just heard many people talk about it and I seen a hundred thousand bumper stickers of people you have been there.
                You are correct. Take Hwy 1 once north of the bridge.

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                • #10
                  Fisherman’s wharf pier 39 is fun. Getting fresh sourdough at pier 39 is a must. Alcatraz is always cool, I’ve been probably 5 or 6 times both on the island and also taken the boat Cruise around it and under the Golden Gate Bridge. However you’ll need to buy tickets online to get a spot on the boat cause they sell out really quickly. Lombard street is worth it, the Golden Gate Bridge is cool, ghiradelli square(chocolate that wives really love), Redwoods are beautiful, Santa Cruz, Monterey bay.

                  Unfortunately the homeless situation is not pleasant in SF so be ready for it.

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                  • #11
                    Thanks, looking into everything mentioned so far! Is it worth getting one of those bus passes? Cabs? Rental cars? Uber? Thanks everyone for your insight

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                    • Ahodge75
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                      I’d go for the rental car. Just be ready to drive in California traffic. You gotta be aggressive and defensive all at the same time

                    • daveto
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                      We are going with 2 smaller rental cars. I heard parking spots downtown are tiny. And it will allow us to split up if we choose.

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