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California solo adventure

Hey fellow travellers, I’m headed off to California for the first time this Sunday. Planning on visiting San Jose, San Francisco, drive pacific coast highway, see LA, and San Diego. I have a handful of things planned but not too much really. Any tips or must do’s while visiting. I’m pretty much into everything; nature, sports, adventure, museum, theatre, food and drink etc. If you have an interesting ideas assume I’m interested in it! Cheers and thanks!



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  • OhBoyoMyPotato

    Muir woods is beautiful, parking is a huge bitch though. There’s a shuttle from SF I would look into. SF is where I know best but I really recommend coit tower if you like views, but there’s many other free areas where you can get close to the same experience. If you’re trying to stay somewhere in SF, the green tortoise hostel is superb. It’s a tad expensive but it’s right in the financial district and they have tons of social events (I can’t say if they’re any good, I’m underage in the states)

    If you go to Santa Barbara (which I recommend if you like food) you should really really REALLY check out this road called ‘camino cielo’, it’s not known by super many people and there’s the best view of both SB and the mountain ranges behind it (it’s on a ridge between two valleys) and there’s a radio tower that has a swing set up next to it so you can swing off the hillside with the ocean in front of you.

    Also, if you like weird ass quirky places I recommend you look up solvang, it like a little Dutch town with delicious pastries about 45 mins from SB. The architecture in downtown is very obviously Dutch (tho perhaps an Americanized version, I haven’t been to any authentic Dutch villages)

    If you’re of age, I’ve heard the wine in Napa is some of the best, no first hand experience there though.

    San Luis Obispo is the definition of a town that’s incredibly ‘trendy’ and almost worse for it. I liked it though, but I don’t think it’s worth more than part of a day. Morro Bay is close to there, maybe look up a pic or two and see if it looks interesting, the big draw is the big rock but you can see that in a pic just fine.

    Be careful in la if you’re easily spooked, Crenshaw is right next to Hollywood and easy to accidentally drive into. You won’t get hassled if you stay in your car and just drive back out (probably) but it’s obviously a rough neighborhood and if you’re in an expensive car you’ll get noticed.

    Venice Beach has gone downhill imo but it’s probably still worth it to check out.

    Holy shit this had become a rant. I love california, I hope you enjoy your time here.

  • samlir

    In Monterey, you can sleep in your car on the pier for free and wake up to the sound of Elephant Seals. The signs tell you not to, but security is super friendly and allows it. The sea life is really cool and different from anything else in California.

    This would change your trip up dramatically, but that is part of the freedom of solo travel. If you have time, the pacific coast highway North of San Francisco is spectacular. I think it would be worth it to skip San Jose, head North from San Fran to Humboldt. Spend a bit in Humboldt which is a really quirky town with lots of nature, brewerys and hippies and then head down on the freeway to Santa Barbara and LA.

    Therre is a big couchsurfing community with events in LA and the Meetup scene is big too. I like to get an all day pass and ride the Subway around. LA is like 20 little cities with their own unique flavor smashed together, so it is a trip to get off at one stop and be in an Asian suburb and get off a few stops later in mini El Salvador and a few stops later a center of banking, media, and entertainment.

    Good Luck! Hit me up when you are in LA

  • Anovip

    I was in SF solo for only 3-4 days around a month ago (recently was offered an internship starting this summer in downtown SF, I can’t wait!) so my opinion may not hold as much weight as natives, but trust me when I say to visit Twin Peaks and Land’s End. If you love nature as much as I do, I absolutely promise you won’t regret it. They are two of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to in my entire life, and I still can’t believe I experienced it. Try to go to Twin Peaks when the sun is setting, and bring a date if you can 🙂

  • LizinDC

    I grew up in CA — it is a beautiful place. Just be aware when driving that it is HUGE. SFO to San Luis Obispo is like 5 hours on highway 1. (And check if it’s open all the way through). SLO is a good stopping spot and go to Firestone for a Santa Maria style trip tip sandwich. Charming college town to walk around in afterwards.

  • valhdz

    How exciting! I’m from California, but I currently live in Wisconsin. I definitely recommend Hearst Castle, The Griffith Observatory, The Getty Museum, and Santa Monica Beach. I know they’re a bit touristy, but they’re pretty beautiful places to explore, California is a gem, I hope you love it!

  • shrazzzy

    I live in San Diego – came here for school 6 years ago and fell in love. Be sure to check out a sunset while you’re here — Coronado (on the hotel Del beach) is a good spot, gliderport La Jolla is a good one too. And definitely don’t leave without trying our burritos! Vallartas, Taco Stand (the surf and turf burrito with fries is HEAVEN), and Lucha Libre are some great options for some filling cali burritos.

    Check out PB and/or Gaslamp for nightlife and bars if you’re into that. PM if you need anything suggestions on anything! (I grew up in the San Jose area too so I’m happy to help with that too).

  • LizinDC

    I grew up in CA — it is a beautiful place. Just be aware when driving that it is HUGE. SFO to San Luis Obispo is like 5 hours on highway 1. (And check if it’s open all the way through). SLO is a good stopping spot and go to Firestone for a Santa Maria style trip tip sandwich. Charming college town to walk around in afterwards.

  • LizinDC

    I grew up in CA — it is a beautiful place. Just be aware when driving that it is HUGE. SFO to San Luis Obispo is like 5 hours on highway 1. (And check if it’s open all the way through). SLO is a good stopping spot and go to Firestone for a Santa Maria style trip tip sandwich. Charming college town to walk around in afterwards.

  • LizinDC

    I grew up in CA — it is a beautiful place. Just be aware when driving that it is HUGE. SFO to San Luis Obispo is like 5 hours on highway 1. (And check if it’s open all the way through). SLO is a good stopping spot and go to Firestone for a Santa Maria style trip tip sandwich. Charming college town to walk around in afterwards.

  • LizinDC

    I grew up in CA — it is a beautiful place. Just be aware when driving that it is HUGE. SFO to San Luis Obispo is like 5 hours on highway 1. (And check if it’s open all the way through). SLO is a good stopping spot and go to Firestone for a Santa Maria style trip tip sandwich. Charming college town to walk around in afterwards.

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