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  • Premier Icon beanum

    We stayed in the Groveland hotel near Yosemite. I didn’t mention it in my previous post ‘cos we wouldn’t recommend it. We thought it would be cool staying in a Wild West setting and the saloon bar next door looked interesting. In actual fact it was like sleeping in your Grandmother’s bedroom, there were about 15 teddy bears on the bed and then same number of cushions… The saloon bar was dead too..:-(

    Crater Lake is a bit out of the way, but back to san fran via grants pass taking route 199 (check out the giant redwoods) to the coast then the pacific highway (route 101, remember to stop someplace for a quick dip) would be a cool couple of days.
    Quickest route form san fran would be I5, dull, allow a day.
    look for black bear diners for scoff, there’s one just off the interstate in medford.

    Premier Icon easygirl

    Stinson beach is beautiful, point Reyes station lovely little village, had a fantastic night in one of the bars there in 2011, very friendly locals

    Personally, I’d check out the sky. Lots. Ohhhhh…California sky blue.

    Very similar to how the sky is here today right now.

    (If located in Aberystwyth 8) )


    Just got back home after 3 weeks in California. What a great place, I still feel i’ve only just scratched the surface. We stuck mainly to towns and cities this time around, already planning our next trip for more of the natural stuff.

    Premier Icon ampthill

    I’ll throw in a few ideas. But it does rather depend on your version of a good time

    In Zion we did the narrows hike which was amazing. But wet and hard work

    In October we only saw on other couple

    Hike in and out of the grand Canyon

    My geography isn’t great but how far extra is Moab for Arches National Park and Biking. Biking can be easy and scenic (Hurrah pass). Doesn’t have to be technical. Not sure is Misstobeisbiker

    Day hikes in Yosemite were great as was the climbing and back packing…


    One place to avoid is Eureka in NorCal, it’s not called tweakerville for nothing. Arcata is only 10 miles north and is much nicer.

    Premier Icon leelovesbikestoo

    Thanks all, some great stuff in there!

    And now for our next dilemma… 🙂 An SUV or a minivan?

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    Hello we went to California a few months ago and started in san Francisco and wored our way down the route 1. Enjoyed SF and stayed in union square. Handy for getting about and take a ride on the tram to fishermans wharf. Some nice restaurants there and you can catch your ferry to Alcatraz. Try the clam chowder soup, lots of it about…served Ian bread bowl!

    Further down the coast I’d recommend Monterey and Carmel. Santa Barbara was amazing, mellow way of life, nice people, fantastic views and mega food. Imay retire there…(yeah right) I’d recommend a place called Brougheys on the quay. Amazing seafood and inexpensive. Possibly best meal we had in Cali.

    Didn’t enjoy LA one bit. Full of homeless just loitering and in your face for money. Quite intimidating.

    Sorry didn’t have more time in San Diego , that was pretty awesome for a big city, nice atmosphere and buzz about it. As someone said above the sunsets on this coast are outstanding. I doubt I’d never see another like it.

    We asked for a convertible but they had none left so had a Chevy impala. 3 litre v6, 300bhp. Went well in a straight line…to 60mph. Fuel didn’t seem that expensive. We covered 1100 miles , finishing in Vegas and it cost approx £80 for the whole trip for fuel. So I’d say get the most comfortable car you can afford which will no doubt have the biggest engine as fuel isn’t so bad.


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    As depending on when you go I October you might actually meet snow

    We did in the Grand Canyon. We got back to the Cherokee and it was in 6 inches of snow…


    Soooooo jealous!!!

    +1 for avoiding LA. Absolutely the worst place in California IMO. I couldn’t wait to get out of there, but I guess it is one of those places you’ve got to tick off the list.

    If you’re going to Zion, try the walk up Walters Wiggles. Bryce Canyon isn’t too far from there so you could do both in a day if you wanted.

    Highly recommend camping when you’re out the cities. So many great places to stay just off the coastal roads & absolutely incredible when you’re in the national parks like Redwood, Zion, Joshua tree & near the Grand Canyon.

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