Yaaayyy I love talking about this roadtrip!! It was the first one I did but not the last 🙂 We stayed away for five weeks. Started with one week in New York, flew over to San Francisco, drove down to San Luis Obispo, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and from there took the flight to Mexico to end our last week. Mexico and Las vegas are going to have their own posts and I’ve already written about New York.
I’m going to tell you as much as I can about what to do, see, eat, where to sleep and what road to drive.It’s probably going to be two or three posts about this roadtrip because we made a couple of stops.
So, we started with two nights in San Francisco and didn’t pick up our car until the last day. We had accommodation very close to Union Square so we had walking distance to everything except the Golden Gate Bridge. To get to the bridge we jumped on a hop on hop off bus at Fisherman’s Wharf that took us around San Fran and then we jumped off at Golden Gate.
– Union Square // At the time when I was there, Union Square was filled with beautiful paintings from artists. The square itself is very nice. I liked all the steps where you can sit and have your lunch, the monument in the center and that it’s a big, open space so that the sun can shine in. From here you can walk to all the shops that are in one direction and the other direction will take you to Chinatown.
– Chinatown // This is not comparable to New York’s chinatown. I love this one! It’s so clean and it’s mostly shops and not a big, bad smelling market. The street goes up on a hill and it’s not too long so you can walk the whole street. It’s very beautifully decorated with all the Chinese accessories. Definitely worth a visit.
– Fisherman’s Wharf // I really loved San Francisco and this area is a favorite. Be careful though 😛 When we walked there a man jumped out of the bushes and scared the hell out of us! Everybody laughed of course but it was a bit embarrassing haha. Anyway, here you have restaurants, tourist buses, boat tours to Alcatraz Island and beautiful piers.
– Alcatraz Island // Omg, so interesting and exciting!!! We booked the tickets in advance (already at home) and I’m happy we did. Apparently it’s really hard to get tickets, almost impossible, if you go in peak season. So, try to book them before you leave to San Francisco. The boat tour was very windy but it gave us a beautiful view of the city. Finally at the Island we booked the audio tour and it was very interesting. We got to hear stories from old prisoners and it took us step by step around the whole prison. Take a moment to enjoy the view you get from there because you’ll see the hills of San Francisco and it’s so cool.
– Golden Gate Bridge // So, as I wrote we took a hop on hop off bus to get here and it stops at the beginning of the bridge and then crosses it and stops at the other end. We jumped off at the other end because we heard the view is spectacular from there, and it was! We were lucky because the weather was beautiful and hot. It was wonderful to just sit there and enjoy.
Golden Gate Bridge
– Cable Car // I had to add this haha. Don’t forget to ride with a cable car 😉
The last day in San Francisco we picked up our car really early and started driving towards Santa Cruz. It’s very close to San Francisco so the reason to why we left early is because we wanted to go to the Redwoods State Park and of course take our time on CA-1.
Somewhere on the road
Santa Cruz & Redwoods State Park
– Santa Cruz Inn // This Inn is located by the beach in Santa Cruz and it was so pretty. We only stayed one night and I would probably stay there again if I go back. The room was very big and so was the bed. We had continental breakfast which was quite okay.
I don’t remember the name of the restaurant but it was located on the pier on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and if I remember it correctly it was the only restaurant open at night at that pier. We had fish and it was very good.
What to do:
Since we only had an evening and a morning there we didn’t exactly have time to explore the center of Santa Cruz but in the evening we went to the restaurant and in the morning we had a walk on the beach. It is very beautiful with the pier and the little tivoli.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is around 20mins from Santa Cruz. We actually made a stop there before we continued to Santa Cruz. It’s really cool to see all these giant trees and the forest was so big. We even got lost haha! I think we wandered around for almost 3 hours before we met other tourists who could tell us how to exit. It’s worth a visit if you’re doing the CA-1 because this nature is different from what you see when driving. And it’s very relaxing to walk there.
(Can’t believe I was wearing a skirt in the forest…)
I’ll continue with the next stops on a new post 🙂