Monday, October 6, 2008

Bay area - list of things to do

A colleague at work was kind enough to send me a list of things we might be interested in doing in the bay area. Thanks Linas!
As you can see, the world is centered around Santa Cruz for him ;-)

Around Santa Cruz:

Boardwalk (amusement park - may not be operational in winter)
The main street - Pacific Ave
There are wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains
The concrete ship in Aptos
Big Basin Redwoods Park (camping)

South of Santa Cruz:

Caramel - art & shopping - may want to spend the night
17 mile drive - ends at Pebble Beach - nice drive - good golfing
Drive down Hwy 1 to Hearst Castle - its a long, beautiful drive

Monterey Aquarium in Monterey
If you like US literature, the John Steinbeck museum is in Salinas

Point Lobos State Park – 5 minutes south of Caramel– directly off of Highway #1

San Francisco (North of Santa Cruz):

Bank of America - top of a tall building - good view - Montgomery & California - financial district -need to buy a drink at their bar
Lombard St - near Leavenworth - crookedest street in USA
row houses - Alamo square - Fulton and Steiner - classical famous SF view of houses with city in the background
Alcatraz tours - You need to order tickets days in advance – they sell out early in the summer.
Fisherman's Wharf is totally a tourist trap. Enjoy it for that.
Alcatraz tour start at Fisherman's wharf (Pier 39?).

Ghiardelli - Chocolate - need we say more?
Chinatown is cool - go into the places which have live fish flopping around in baskets at the curb - talk about fresh fish.

In/around the Bay area:
Aircraft carrier in Oakland - USS Hornet - on Alameda island
Nike missile Facility north of San Francisco - in Marin county. Open some Saturdays
Winchester house in San Jose
On Wednesday, Friday afternoons, from 1-3pm, you might be interested in seeing the Computer History Museum.

A little further out:

Napa/Sonoma 1 hour north of San Francisco (2.5 hours from Santa Cruz)

Driving Hwy 1 north of Santa Cruz

Driving all the little roads in the mountains

Yosemite – 4-5 hours away

Mono Lake, Bode, Mammoth Lakes – 6-7 hours away

Sequoia – King's Canyon – 6 hours away

Reno – Tahoe –5-6 hours away

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