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  • My west coast trip - tips?

    Hi all,

    Totally OT, but I thought hell, if I won't ask I won't know.

    So here goes: As you may already know I'm going to the Global MVP Summit in Seattle and Redmond, WA, in March. Because I've never been to the west coast I thought I'd take 10 days off my busy schedule and have a nice R&R. My initial plans are to fly Tel-Aviv > LAX on the 1st of March, rent a car, and spend the next 10 days on road till I reach Seattle on the 10th or 11th of March.

    So my question is do you have any sightseeing tips, driving tips, places I should visit, places I should avoid? I plan to take highway #1 north, but I can take my time and if there's something really worth seeing along the way I can make detours as needed.

    My main objective is to take it easy, not rush my way. I would like to make a list of 10 night stops along the way, make sure I have a place to spend the night in on each of the 10 nights I have, and to draw a line that connects these spots.

    I'd love to hear your opinions.
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    Re: My west coast trip - tips?

    Disney World would be a nice detour.

    Have a squizz before you leave. http://earth.google.com/
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    • #3
      Re: My west coast trip - tips?

      No, not Disney, and thanks, I've got Google Earth alreay installed. I wonder, can one connect it to a GPS device?
      Cheers,

      Daniel Petri
      Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
      MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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      • #4
        Re: My west coast trip - tips?

        Daniel:

        I haven't lived on the Left Coast for years but I believe most of it is still there.

        If you want to go South from LAX, the San Diego area is nice but that's the wrong direction for you and will eat a good day or two depending.

        You may want to visit some of the Spanish Missions. Mission San Juan Capistrano is South on the way to San Diego:

        http://www.missionsjc.com/

        It is one of the more famous ones but there are many others along your way North:

        http://missions.bgmm.com/index.htm

        Heading North, I'd plan a stop at Hearst Castle in San Simion:

        http://www.hearstcastle.com/

        We used to spend the night at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo (a little South of San Simion):

        http://www.madonnainn.com/

        Pay attention as you drive along the coast, especially in the flatter areas like San Simion up to Big Sir. You may catch sea lions or elephant seals on the beach. It is a crime to disturb them but you can get close enough.

        Pebble Beach and the 17 mile drive is beautiful. Carmel and Monterey are also worthwhile. Monterey has a really nice aquarium and Cannery Row is nice too:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17_Mile_Drive

        http://www.mbayaq.org/

        North of Carmel, heading inland, is Gilroy -- The Garlic Capital of the World. Other than the yearly garlic festival, it's not worth a stop but it did remind me of In-N-Out hamburgers as there is one visible from the highway. If you eat beef, you must stop at one or more In-N-Out's and have a double-double animal style. You won't be disappointed:

        http://www.in-n-out.com/

        San Franscisco is a must. Do visit China Town and the North Beach area (Little Italy) as well as Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. I'd recommend you eat at Scoma's on the wharf:

        http://www.scomas.com/home.htm

        I made it through at least 1/2 the menu in my day and I was never disappointed. It is left (facing the water) of Alioto's by a block or two -- just ask (not at Alioto's).

        Schedule a trip to Alcatraz (you will need reservations):

        http://www.nps.gov/alcatraz/

        North of San Fran, do visit Muir Woods:

        http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

        Then I'd go through Napa and Sonoma (wine country) and visit some wineries.

        In the Humboldt area you have the Avenue of the Giants (sequoia grove) and an interesting eatery, The Samoa Cookhouse:

        http://www.beachcalifornia.com/samoa-cookhouse.html

        That get's you up to Oregon. I've driven the Oregon coast and it's very nice. Even the Tillamook cheese factory tour is nice if you have the time.

        Here's a link on the whole PCH:

        http://www.us-101.com/
        Cheers,

        Rick

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        • #5
          Re: My west coast trip - tips?

          How are you going to get back from Seattle to LAX, you probably don't want to drive (18hrs), and one way tickets purchased by a foreigner will no doubt raise the national security level to red
          "...if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said” - Alan Greenspan

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          • #6
            Re: My west coast trip - tips?

            Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
            Disney World would be a nice detour.

            Have a squizz before you leave. http://earth.google.com/
            Must have been too subtile. Disney World is in Florida..........nice detour though.

            Again Google to the rescue. Google Earth + GPS devices. http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...e+Search&meta=
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            • #7
              Re: My west coast trip - tips?

              Originally posted by Lior_S View Post
              How are you going to get back from Seattle to LAX, you probably don't want to drive (18hrs), and one way tickets purchased by a foreigner will no doubt raise the national security level to red
              A comedy crew did a joke for their TV show here in OZ. They purchased airline tickets for a Terry Wrist (and a couple of other appropriate names) checked in and then didn't show up for boarding. Of course their names were called out over the airport PA system and nobody picked up on the names.

              As for getting back, how about a nice train trip? Gives you time to look at the world going buy instead of having to watch the road when driving. Will give you a chance to sample the spoils from Napa Valley. (Unless the Septic Tanks charge you for being DAAP (Drunk As A Passenger))
              Last edited by biggles77; 5th February 2007, 17:26.
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                Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                Originally posted by Lior_S View Post
                How are you going to get back from Seattle to LAX, you probably don't want to drive (18hrs), and one way tickets purchased by a foreigner will no doubt raise the national security level to red
                And if I wanted to nuke them couldn't I just buy a two way ticket and only use one way? Idiots!

                Anyway, I am flying from Seattle directly to Chicago (15th to the 20th), then from Chicago to NYC (till the 26th)

                I've got a client that wants to put me in Miami for a week, I just don't know how I'll be able to squeeze it in.
                Cheers,

                Daniel Petri
                Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
                MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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                • #9
                  Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                  Originally posted by rvalstar View Post
                  Daniel:

                  I haven't lived on the Left Coast for years but I believe most of it is still there.
                  Thanks Rick for the great info. You're right, I just want to go north. As for SF - I don't know if it'll be wise to drive into that city with a rented car, without knowing my way around, without knowing how to handle parking rules and stuff like that. I think I'll skip the big cities as far as I can, and simply use the 10 days to ease my way up north.
                  Cheers,

                  Daniel Petri
                  Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
                  MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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                  • #10
                    Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                    Originally posted by danielp View Post
                    And if I wanted to nuke them couldn't I just buy a two way ticket and only use one way? Idiots!
                    Exactly, we have clowns running the show here.
                    "...if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said” - Alan Greenspan

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                    • #11
                      Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                      Originally posted by danielp View Post
                      Thanks Rick for the great info. You're right, I just want to go north. As for SF - I don't know if it'll be wise to drive into that city with a rented car, without knowing my way around, without knowing how to handle parking rules and stuff like that. I think I'll skip the big cities as far as I can, and simply use the 10 days to ease my way up north.
                      You're going to get to drive through SF anyway because it's the way to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

                      SF isn't that bad nor that big. In other words, it's not Milan. But unless you have a navigator, I would rent a GPS with the car. While driving the Highway 101 route through SF, you'll see signs for Fisherman's Wharf. Get down there and park in a garage. See the sights, go to Alcatraz, eat at Scoma's, then take the Powell-Hyde cable car to Chinatown:

                      http://www.sfcablecar.com/routes.html

                      Also, on the wine country, one of the best tours / tastings is at Jordan in Alexander Valley (Sonoma):

                      http://www.jordanwinery.com/about/index.html

                      Sebastiani also has a nice tour:

                      http://www.sebastiani.com/visit_us/visit_us_home.asp

                      Never been here (was not open to the public) but we like the wine:

                      http://www.chalkhill.com/VisitEstate/ToursTastings/

                      In Napa Valley (everything is North of the city of Napa), the best tour is at Sterling (unfortunately they charge for it):

                      http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/en-row/VisitSterling/

                      $5 off coupon:

                      http://www.silveradotrail.com/siSterling.pdf

                      Other wines we really like:

                      http://www.grgich.com/html/barrel_tasting.html
                      http://www.markhamvineyards.com/winery.html
                      http://www.altamura.com/altamura/aboutus/tours.jsp

                      Cheers,

                      Rick

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                      • #12
                        Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                        Don't forget, if you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair.

                        Where is that Redwood tree that has the raod running through the middle of it? Isn't that in Washington somewhere? That would be a sight to see.
                        Last edited by biggles77; 6th February 2007, 10:35.
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                        • #13
                          Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                          If I go to San Francisco I'll be sure to wear a flower up my rear end, or at least that's what I hear.
                          Cheers,

                          Daniel Petri
                          Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
                          MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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                          • #14
                            Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                            Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                            Where is that Redwood tree that has the raod running through the middle of it? Isn't that in Washington somewhere? That would be a sight to see.
                            There are a few of them around. You usually have to pay as they are tourist traps. I don't believe Washington has sequoias.

                            On Daniel's route, the area around The Avenue of the Giants near Humboldt CA is his best bet:

                            http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/CAPHItree.html

                            BTW, that site mentions The Trees Of Mystery. We need a pict of Daniel standing next to these:

                            http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/CAKLAtrees.html
                            Cheers,

                            Rick

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                            • #15
                              Re: My west coast trip - tips?

                              Oh and one last point of interest should you decide to visit San Jose / Silicon Valley:

                              The Winchester Mystery House:

                              http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

                              It's an interesting tourist trap close to HP. This may be more of a guyt kind of place. Old lady Winchester felt tormented by the ghosts of all the people killed by her Husband's guns so she built this crazy mansion with doors, stairs, etc. to nowhere in an attempt to fool the ghosts.
                              Cheers,

                              Rick

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