45 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2014 9:50 AM by iahflyr RSS

Family vacation driving the CA coastline?

anothergina Silver
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I have never taken a trip like this and I need some advise.  My partner and I are planning to take his two teenagers on a trip to California in December of 2015.  They want to fly into San Francisco and then drive the coast down to San Diego.  We will have about 10 days, and I'd like to have it mapped out so that we know where we are staying, (need two adjoining rooms), and what we are stopping to see (I also need advice on that).  Do you think I should enlist the help of a travel agent or just try to do this on my own?  I would like to use Marriott since I like having the rewards.  Has anyone done this and do you have any advice?

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California, USA
Long Beach, California, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown
Hollywood, California, USA
Oxnard, California, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge
Long Beach, California, USA Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Malibu, California, USA
  • Re: Family vacation driving the CA coastline?
    ansaa Member
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    Hello anothergina!

     

    My name is Ansa and I am new the Insiders community, I just wanted to introduce myself.

     

    What a great idea, I would love to do a trip like this again. My family and I have done this drive/trip a few times when I was younger. Extended road trips definitely create a lot of unforgettable memories. One of my favorite parts was driving down Big Sur. It is the longer route, but with 10 days you will have plenty of time. The San Diego Marriott  (8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA) is a great place to end your trip. It is a wonderful hotel and close to the famous San Diego zoo.

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      vickisocal Platinum
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      The Mission Valley Marriott is the worst Marriott in San Diego, whatever you do, do not end your trip there.

       

      Stay at the Marina, the Gaslamp or Coronado.

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      kharada46 Alumni Steward Gold 10 Reviews
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      Hello & welcome anothergina!  nice to meet you!

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    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Anothergina, welcome to Insiders.  I will give you a list of worthy places to visit along the coast when I'm on my computer tomorrow.  Congratulations on choosing a great vacation itinerary, SF to SD.  I'm sure you will all have a very memorable vacation!

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    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Yes anothergina welcome.....and you'll get excellent advice from some of the most wonderful people who on Insiders who live in CA such as pluto77, anadyr, misterchk and others.

     

    I'll put in another vote for ending your trip in San Diego at Coronado Hotel | San Diego Resorts | Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.  A gorgeous spot across from downtown, they have a ferry boat that will drop you right off at the Marriott Marquis & Marina (much bigger and much less friendly IMHO) so you don't have to drive if you want to go into downtown and then you can also see the beautiful sunset at the famous Hotel del Coronado

     

    Please keep us informed of what you decide and again welcome to Insiders.

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    anothergina

     

    Confirming that we proud Californians are here to help as iahflyr mentioned.

     

    Also right on the spot when he suggested the Coronado Island Marriott - my family's favorite Marriott property in California.  We have spent one week a year there for the last five years.

     

    Bon Voyage

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      californian Platinum 37 Reviews
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      I second this hotel.  I was treated very well and upgraded to a bungalow room.  Beautiful location!

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    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Anothergina,

    I would say nix the idea of a travel agent unless you simply don’t have the time or inclination to do planning.  I personally find vacation research and planning to be great fun.

     

    Here are some city/area sightseeing suggestions for you to consider.  Not sure what your hotel and dining budget is, or whether or not you’re open  to paying for parking at hotels or need to stay at properties that offer free parking.  Let us know, and also what sort of activities your kids enjoy.  Time of year, also.  There are more places to visit between San Francisco and San Diego inclusive to keep you occupied and entertained for a
    year, so you’ll have to pick and choose.  Good luck and additional questions are welcome.

     

    I will start with the northern half, and work on the southern half next.  Whatever places you decide on, I would definitely take Highway 1 from Monterey/Carmel down to Morro Bay, and then you can get back on 101 if you like.  The coast highway offers fantastic Pacific Ocean views (though a bit windy).

     

    Sightseeing from San Francisco to Pismo Beach

     

    San Francisco

          

    Santa Cruz

     

    Monterey/Carmel

     

    San Simeon and Cambria

     

    Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach

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      vaboywnder Alumni Steward Platinum 21 Reviews
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      Nice work Pluto!

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      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      Pluto that was just about equal to some that kharada46 has done for the islands, excellent information.

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      bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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      Great stuff!

       

      I recall a trip from LA to SF along this route my family made close to 40 years ago. We saw many of the sights on your list. More recently (maybe about 10 years ago), I made the coast drive from SF all the way to Seattle. Good things in Northern CA as well.

       

      In any case, fantastic list pluto77. You're making all of us want to take this drive.

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      blava007 Platinum
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      pluto77                                      

       

      Pluto77,  WOW  !!!  you are a great spokesperson for "CALIFORNIA" and San Francisco !

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      californian Platinum 37 Reviews
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      Excellent job Pluto!

       

      My frustration is that Marriott has no hotels between Monterey and Pismo Beach and I would like to see some go in.

       

      You didn't mention budget.  There is a non Marriott that is expensive and very nice, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands.  You can't beat the location.  A two night stay would allow exploring the nicest part of the CA coast coming back to a quality place to stay with good food. 

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      anothergina Silver
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      So very grateful to you for the time you spent on this!  It is SO appreciated! 

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    anothergina Silver
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    OMG!  Thank You so much!!  I can't believe how many wonderful responses I have gotten.  I have plenty of time, so I'm going to print all these ideas up, show them to the kids and then start planning.  The California coast was their idea, so I'm sure they will happily help in the decisions.  Can't thank you all enough!

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      madmax Gold 7 Reviews
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      anothergina be sure to bookmark the site so it is easily available to you. Once nothing is posted for a day or so, sometimes the posts go into what we call the "gone and soon forgotten" barrel

      Happy travels! Looks like you have a great start at planning from our wonderful insiders who love to share their knowledge

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    anothergina,

     

    This sounds like a fabulous trip.  While I have never done the whole drive, here are a few places along the way that I think your group will enjoy:

     

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    Ventura Marina, and try and at least have an "Ice cream cone at McConnell's in Santa Barbara.  It's a world class place for ice cream.  The Oxnard RI, is a great place, if you are on a budget!  Get the two BR suite that is bi level, nice!

     

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    Long Beach, There is a lot for everyone to enjoy.  The Queen Mary, Aquarium, downtown on Friday's they have a "Farmer's Market" that is fun to go to.  The Renaissance or other downtown Marriotts are wonderful.

     

    Another "Must" should be Hollywood!  Go to The Kodak Threatre and enjoy the many sights, maybe take a tour!  You will want to visit "Rodeo Drive", as well, "Window shop" and see some wonderful classic cars!  Many great properties in the area!

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    Have a wonderful trip!

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Long Beach, California, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown
    Hollywood, California, USA
    Oxnard, California, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge
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      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      Look at that young fella in front of the Queen Mary, nah it isn't, sort of looks like, could it be, by Jerry I think it is jerrycoin!!!   Great pictures as always Mr. Coin.

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        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        IAHFLYR,

         

        That was "Last week"!

         

        If you believe that, "I have a bridge to sell you"!

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        IAHFLYR,  This is however "Real"!  My friend Neal, is a real Canadian Mountie.  When he wore his outfit at The Long Beach Coin Show, people thought we were making a movie!

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          iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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          You weren't making a movie?   Love the picture, but if you've got a bridge to sell I am only interested if it is made from coins!

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            jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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            IAHFLYR,

             

            You are tooo good!

             

            I really find Long Beach, "A Hidden Gem"! 

             

            The 555 Steakhouse, Churchills/Queen Mary, The Farmers Market, and so much more.  Marriott has some wonderful properties there.  My only regret is not taking AMTRAK to Santa Barbara, and driving thru LA!

             

            You may enjoy this photo of us prior to meeting Jay Leno!  He was wonderful, never have seen him on TV, but a "Natural, Nice Guy".  He had Sandra Bullock on his show, I had never heard of her either.  She told me she was formally a "Waitress in Indiana"?

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            IAHFLR, The Canadian gov't had arranged all of this.  And Neal, The Mountie, is in the blue outfit.  The guy behind him is "Mende", an executive from Medicine Shoppe, and Jay Leno really like him.  He said, "Where did you get that Pumpkin Jump Suit"!  A wonderful time was had by all.  BTW, we had a 200 pound Canadian Gold Coin with us at the show!

             

            Yes, it was 200 pounds, not ounces!

             

            What a lot of fun this trip was!  Stayed at The Renaissance Long Beach!

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            Long Beach, California, USA Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
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              iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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              The Medicine Shoppe, now I know who your Dr., is and even more why your prescriptions are what they are!

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                jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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                would stay at full Marriott just north of Santa Barbra and at entrance to wine country it is just off the highway

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                jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                IAHFLYR,

                 

                You are not going to believe this but I DO travel with my DR!  Dr. Bill is a retired radiologist, and the funny stories we have had together are special.  When we travel together, I am Sherlock, and he is Dr. Watson!  (No xxxx, Sherlock!)

                 

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                Me and Dr. Bill in Bavaria!

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                Dr. Bill enjoys "Licking his plate" with my cooking in Crans-Montana, Switzerland!

                 

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                Dr. Bill, just bought this German outfit, while we were in Bavaria, Germany.  He thought he would "Impress" a local "Frau".  This DID NOT WORK!  He has always been, and continues to be a "Bachelor"!  We have had wonderful "Marriott" times!

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                  iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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                  I love the plate licking, awesome photos Jerry!

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                    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                    IAHFLYR,

                     

                    Here's a place that you would enjoy "Plate licking", North Malibu Beach, CA!

                     

                    Wonderful place and people!

                     

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                    The Chart House, is a wonderful place to dine and watch the Pacific, at the same time!

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                    Malibu, California, USA
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                      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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                      Went to The Chart House in Monterey for one "Med" and then off to Fish Hopper for another last Thursday, great views.

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                        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                        IAHFLYR,

                         

                        That sounds like a wonderful time!

                         

                        Am so looking to get back to Monterey.  Will have to look those two places up!

                         

                        You may want to order your "Meds" from Canada!  Especially their "Canadian Club"!

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                          iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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                          Check out Cibo, great Italian food, even saw Jim Furyk there for dinner with his wife and friends.

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