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    Default Seattle to San Diego in 10 days ... need help planning stops!

    Hi Travelers!
    My husband and I want to fly to Seattle in May 2011 and rent a convertible and leisurely drive down the coast to San Diego in 10 days. I need help planning the stops and sights.
    We would like to stop at some winery's, points of interests, parks, monuments, sleepy coastal towns, maybe a B&B or two. Just really take it all in without being rushed.
    We'd like to end up spending 2 days in San Francisco and 2 days in San Diego and try not to drive more than 4-5 hours on any given day.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    What a fun trip you are planning! I have done the drive from Seattle to L.A. a few times, and it can be a fun one! One thing to keep in mind for Seattle through Northern CA is that even in May the weather can get chilly and there is a good chance that you will see rain at least a couple times. Be sure to keep a sweatshirt and raincoat where they can be accessed easily!
    I would suggest taking Hwy 101 starting in Olympia, WA. This will take you right along the coast of the Pacific Ocean down much of OR and CA. It also will take you through the Redwood Forest in Northern CA, including the "Highway of Giants," which is a must-see! Hwy 101 goes through San Francisco. There are tons of interesting little towns and B&Bs right off of the 101, too.

    Best wishes in your planning!

  3. Default Great idea, a couple of ideas...

    Hotel parking in San Francisco tends to be around $40/night. I usually avoid staying there, unless I'm flying in. Also, most SF hotels don't have swimming pools.

    Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great town to spend a night or two. Quaint, relaxing ... and free hotel parking!

    Check out Point Lobos. Incredible 1/2 day-trip.

    Cannery Row in Monterey is nothing special (unless to visit the Aquarium). Just a bunch of high-end shops. I recommend the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, instead. It's less romantic, but more enriching.

    Have fun!
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 07-26-2010 at 07:48 PM. Reason: Removed Quote of entire previous post

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