Ultimate Roadtrip Guide from San Francisco to San Diego

Enjoy our guide for the road trip we drove along Californian Coast from San Francisco to San Diego! This trip took 12 nights with lots of stops and sightseeing along the way including unique restaurants, bike touring, and other excursions!

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  • We  flew into San Francisco, California and took a taxi taken to our hotel in the NOB HILL district.
  • Breakfast and lunch was at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a visit to Ghirardelli Square to samples their chocolates. The supper choice was at the “Stinking Rose”, American- Italian style restaurant, with big time garlic on the menu.
  •  During the stay, we took various routes on the cable cars throughout the city as well as visited the cable car museum located on the Mason Street cable car line. We then rented bicycles at Fisherman’s wharf and had a foot powered ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.
  • Lunched in Sausalito then used the harbor Ferry service for the return trip to the wharf in San Fran. We weren’t able to go to Alcatraz Island simply as a matter of time choice but had a stroll down Lombard St. then enjoyed an evening of live entertainment.

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  • We rented a car in San Fran and drove along Hwy #1 to ingest the fabulous ocean scenery. We took a short visit to Carmel-By-The-Sea and played a golf game along the way.  There was a slight diversion inland through the mountains then back onto Hwy#1 to spend the night in the town of Cayucos. An informal Seafood supper at Schooners on the Wharf was our pleasure of the day with a nice view from the pier. The town of Cayucos in an Interesting little place with a quirky look.
  • We continued back onto Hwy#1, stopping at Pismo beach and spending the night in Ventura. We then drove inland to Palm Springs bypassing Los Angeles and had a great Chinese supper. Played golf in Palm Desert, had a swim and walked the main street in Palm Springs for the Thursday evening street fest.

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  • For our drive to San Diego we drove across the mountains, from Palm Desert (Hwy. 74/371/79 to 15), bypassing Los Angeles again and taking in the mountain desert view. Our hotel was in La Jolla so we walked the Pacific shore line on the boardwalk, golfed at Torrey Pines (Surprise! …..this is a public course), lunched at a small bar in La Jolla with entertainment.
  •  For supper we went to the Jimmy Croce’s restaurant in San Diego. There was a Spanish Mariucci band playing at Croce’s so how disappointing was that? I don’t ever remember Bad-Bad-Leroy- Brown with a Spanish flavor. (It’s like travelling to Canada and seeing Mounties dressed in fireman uniforms. It’s just not what you expect!)
  • Lunch the next day was enjoyed at the San Diego Harbor followed by a Ferry trip to Coronado. We rented bikes for a tour around the island with a stop for a cold beer on the patio at famous Hotel Del Coronado. Then, back to San Diego for a supper out and our flight back to Toronto…………………………………

>>Travel Tip: Spend more time in San Francisco and trip north to NAPA wine country! 

>>Observation: When in California, shouldn’t Californian wine be less expensive?

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