My 3 week trip to California was incredible. I spent time with my family, saw many sites in and around San Francisco, and spent 4 days driving along the Pacific Coast Highway.
My mom and I spent the first 2 weeks living in Oakland, California with my Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and Grandparents. During that time, my highlights in San Francisco included:
- going for runs (read about my Unintentional Hill Run in a former post)
- visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- walking around the Berkley Campus along Telegraph Road
- visiting Farmer’s Markets (especially near Pier 1 on weekends)
- going to the California Academy of Science
- having breakfast at the World famous Sears Fine Food
- walking along Fisherman’s Warf and Pier 39
- going to the De Young Museum and seeing the Picasso exhibition
- walking around Golden Gate Park
- visiting the Be Well Integral Health Space (look for my Interview with Dr. Knuth to be posted soon)
- eating dinner at Cha Cha Cha (a tapas restaurant)
I would highly recommend going to areas a couple of hours outside of San Francisco because they were so scenic and enchanting. I was able to visit Sonoma, Sausilito, Muir Woods, Capitola, and Mount Tamalpais.
A definite climax to my California trip was driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as Highway 1. Three friends and I rented a car from San Francisco and drove for 4 days, taking our time to get to our final destination of Los Angeles. We jam-packed our days and there was still so much more that I would have wanted to see.
Day 1– We spent half the day hiking Mount Tamalpais and then headed south to Santa Cruz. We used a great resource (www.airbnb.com) to book a town house for the night. The Santa Cruz Amusement Park along theboardwalk was great fun with bright neon lights, roller-coasters, arcades, and fair games and food.
Day 2– We headed off in the morning to Carmel Beach and Big Sur. The picturesque coastline was breath-taking and we had to stop every mile to snap photos and walk along the cliffs and beaches. We had a wonderful dinner at the Treebone Resort and stayed over in San Simeon.
Day 3– Hearst Castle was our first stop that morning and it was fantastic. The story of William Hearst and the process of having his castle built wasreally interesting. The design and intricate details brings influences from all around the world together to create his castle in San Simeon. We had an amazing lunch across from the Hearst Castle at Sebastian’s Deli before continuing on our journey though San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. We ended up in Santa Barbara and enjoyed the fun night life during the first day of the Spanish Festival.
Day 4– We packed our bags once again and headed off towards LA. I fell in love with the amazing towns of Malibu and Santa Maria. The areas were nottoo congested with homes and traffic, and the weather and view was perfect. (I may end up moving to California). We drove straight to Venice Beach (aka. MuscleBeach) and I was finally able to swim in the Ocean. There were incredible outdoor ‘jungle gyms’ and ‘weight rooms’ that were a trainer’s fantasy. I was able to meet up with family in LA and had an amazing sushi dinner.
Day 5– Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit more of LA because I was the designated driver back to San Francisco. My 3 other friends flew out of LA and I was flying out of San Francisco and so I spent the day driving along Highway 5. The drive beautiful and I was glad to be able to see my family before heading back home to Toronto.
I’d love to hear about areas that you’ve visited and places that you would recommend seeing. One of my passions in life is travelling and I am always interested in hearing about other people’s experiences.