California Dreamin

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  1. bluspwr

    bluspwr Member

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    Have 3 full days of time to kill in central California around 4th of July. (Cambria area) Any good ideas on fun things to do? Never been there before.
     
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    Hearst Castle.

    And drive the coast highway. Gorgeous scenery.
     
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    Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, gorgeous places....the drive on Hwy 1 is incredible- redwood forest on one side, the road you are driving, cliffs down to the ocean on the other, spectacular.
     
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    The road is scary too. That road and the part of the coast highway near Jenner scare the hell out of me. One mistake or inattention and your car is off the cliff.
     
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    When I used to get a couple "free" days in CA I would usually rent a motorcycle or sports car and hit the PCH. Had a beautiful day in a Lotus Elise a few years back that I will never forget.
     
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    I got all the widows open , it's hot today ! :banana

    Cambria area is beautiful but pretty boring .
     
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    That area is magical to me. I love the drive north from there.

    Take a day to visit San Luis Obispo and eat at the restaurants downtown. There's also a very interesting attraction there called "bubble gum alley." Montana De Oro state park is not far either and there's an adjacent land owned by I think one of the natural gas companies that allows access by permission. Beautiful area.
     
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    You can rent a kayak in Morro Bay or at Shell Beach. Morro Bay has fiords and lots of wildlife. San Luis Obispo has several good restaurants, so does Cambria. You will be close to Hearst Castle, which is an interesting tour for a couple of hours. You can see elephant seals in Cambria, along the rocks.
    National guitar company is in San Luis Obispo, I think they arrange tours.
    Have a great time, enjoy our weather.
     
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    As someone else mentioned, you will be close to Hwy 1, north to Carmel, 7 mile drive, Big Sur. Probably one of the most beautiful drives in the west. Be sure to take your time, its a long and VERY winding road.
     
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    There's Solvang too, which is basically Denmark in Central California. Definitely do the 17 Mile Drive (it's not 7 miles ;) ) too and you have to go to Big Sur. The only issue I see is that it's the 4th of July and PCH might be a mess as you get closer to Santa Cruz or SLO...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17-Mile_Drive
     
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!
     

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