- hundreds of major beaches
- the redwoods
- Lake Tahoe
- Disneyland and other theme parks (Harry Potter land just opened in Universal Studios)
- tons of museums (mainly in SF area)
- wine country in both northern (Napa Valley) and southern (Temecula) california
I mean it would be better to say what you enjoy doing and people could give you ideas.
Are you flying or planning a 2-3 week trip?
Because driving San Fran to LA is about 6 hours and from LA to SD takes about 1-3 hours depending on traffic. The drive from SF to LA isn’t bad but it is very very boring.
- Depends, if you are driving around LA or SF in peek times, traffic can get bad.
- in SF it is pretty great, lots of tourist places just off BART or a short taxi / uber / bus ride.
- I would if you don’t have a car, parking in the tourist traps is usually pretty open and having your own transportation is nice.
- Not really, but it depends on where you are, coastal…not really, inland, possibly. If you are staying coastal a LOT, bring a jacket (zip up hoodie, not down or anything) for nights out, it isn’t uncommon for days to be around 90-100 Freedoms and then it dips at night.
Again, really depends on what you all enjoy doing, how long you are staying and your budget.
You could spend the cost of arrival and travel or you could spend whatever amount you could dream.
Theme parks are going to set you back anywhere from:
https://www.knotts.com/ (50~ USD)
https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ (110-120 USD)
http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/ (105-120 USD)
Disneyland is an all day thing, the fireworks at night are amazing. They usually do like 3-4 night time displays, 2ish around the water and 2 ish around the castle there is also an amazing show in California Adventure called wonderful world of color or something, amazing show. 100% DO NOT SKIP CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE many people write off CA Adventure because “OMG disneyland!!” but it really is an amazing park. I would totally recommend a 2 day pass and hit up both disneyland and California adventure at a comfortable pace if you go here.
Knotts berry farm is a nice place for roller coasters, more “Adult” centered. I wouldn’t suggest staying too late as Knotts has had a history with theft later into the night.
I haven’t ever been to universal studios, I hear it is a lot of “looking” attractions. Harry potter land just opened up there though and it will likely be packed for a while since people are coming to that section. Since it shares a price with Disneyland, if you are debating the 2, I’d take disney over universal.
Beaches and Museums are going to be about parking (5-10 USD) and admission (Museums only 10-50 USD)
Too many museums in SF to list, @Vocino would have a better handle on it than I would, I’ve been away from NorCal too long.
The beaches in SoCal (Huntington, Newport) are amazing to walk and ride. You can get some amazing views. Look up Huntington Pier and have dinner on the pier at the diner, the food isn’t amazing but the view is. Avoid the “Pricy” place right on the sand, the food was very “Meh” both times I ate there.
(Huntington Pier – Rubys Diner)
San Diego has Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Both of which are pretty fun and both are massive and would require 1-2 days to really enjoy without sprinting through both locations.
So…yeah…you get the idea. Lots and lots and lots to do here.