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Cities are listed from north to south starting with Santa Cruz, ending with before San Louis Obispo. For San Jose and anywhere north, click here. For Santa Barbara and anywhere south click here.
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Santa Cruz area

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Monterey area

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row

Pebble Beach, CA (golfing)

17-Mile Drive Waste of time and money IMO. Views are lackluster at best- UshDadude

Pacific Grove, CA (Butterfly capital of the world)

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Carmel-By-The-Sea

Big Sur area

Bixby Bridge

Point Sur (Sea Otters)

San Simeon area

Hearst Castle

Cambria, CA

San Lois Obispo (SLO) area

Moro Bay State Park

Pismo Beach

Solvang, CA

Restaurants

None officially, with the following exception:

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Pismo Beach, CA is considered a Southern California store. This means all the food is kosher. There are no other Coffee Bean Stores between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Shuls

Chabad by the Sea (Santa Cruz)

Chabad of Monterey

Chabad of Carmel Valley

Chabad of SLO
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #180 on: May 31, 2015, 12:11:53 AM »
Where are you staying in Yosemite ?
was told by a couple of people who did it that its really worth it to get housing inside yosemite, staying outside is really annoying (got to drive in for an hour each time).

Anybody ever stayed at the Super8 in monterrey (planning to stay there for a quick night on the way down)?
Is the monterey aquarium really worth a day (been told its the best in america, is it really?)

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #181 on: May 31, 2015, 12:53:30 AM »
was told by a couple of people who did it that its really worth it to get housing inside yosemite, staying outside is really annoying (got to drive in for an hour each time).

Anybody ever stayed at the Super8 in monterrey (planning to stay there for a quick night on the way down)?
Is the monterey aquarium really worth a day (been told its the best in america, is it really?)

I was at the aquirm with some friends about 10 yrs ago- we thought was over rated & got our money back and bounced- was also told by everyone how amazing it was.. Could be for a family might be nice. If your in the area you should hit Carmel, much nicer area..

In Yosemite do you have a hotel reserved?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #182 on: May 31, 2015, 01:25:12 AM »
I was at the aquirm with some friends about 10 yrs ago- we thought was over rated & got our money back and bounced- was also told by everyone how amazing it was.. Could be for a family might be nice. If your in the area you should hit Carmel, much nicer area..

In Yosemite do you have a hotel reserved?
not going to yosemite this time, but there are a few places on site that are nice (for a price, james franco likes this place http://www.yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee.aspx :)).
 
What's good in carmel? current plan is go in the morning from SF to stop in monterrey aquarium and sleep in a super 8 (little scared about this, but got a 2 room suite for $61 with points), then carmel/big sur next day morning and then drive down to LA.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #183 on: May 31, 2015, 01:42:02 AM »
not going to yosemite this time, but there are a few places on site that are nice (for a price, james franco likes this place http://www.yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee.aspx :)).
 
What's good in carmel? current plan is go in the morning from SF to stop in monterrey aquarium and sleep in a super 8 (little scared about this, but got a 2 room suite for $61 with points), then carmel/big sur next day morning and then drive down to LA.

Do you have a hyatt CC night? If so, Hyatt Carmell Highlands is a bit past Monterey and if you ask nicely they will put you in a townhouse.  This is where we stopped.  If not, any UR or Marriott/IHG/Hyatt points? All those chains have hotels in Monterey proper.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #184 on: May 31, 2015, 02:06:40 AM »
not going to yosemite this time, but there are a few places on site that are nice (for a price, james franco likes this place http://www.yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee.aspx :)).
 
What's good in carmel? current plan is go in the morning from SF to stop in monterrey aquarium and sleep in a super 8 (little scared about this, but got a 2 room suite for $61 with points), then carmel/big sur next day morning and then drive down to LA.

the drive all along from monterrey thru bigsur is all amazing but Carmel in particular is just a beautiful white sand beach. Pismo beach ( if your going that far south) has really cool atving on the sand dunes by the beach. it's one of the only places in the country that has that

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #185 on: May 31, 2015, 02:12:36 AM »
Any suggestions for best places (VALUEWISE) to stay for a night with 2 kids and a baby bw san fran and LA? was thinking some of the holiday inn suites or candlewood suites around san luis obispo/pismo beach. any experiences appreciated.

i find the marriott residence inns give you great value for these type of stays. only 10k points instead of 200$..

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #186 on: May 31, 2015, 04:18:27 AM »
We went to the aquarium about 10 years ago,  it was pretty cool, but probably overrated. 

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #187 on: May 31, 2015, 05:36:00 AM »
So planning a westcoast road trip for july. Exact dates are very last minute but hopefully about 2 weeks long.
Im thinking SF/PCH/LA/LV or SD
Big first issue is ow rental. Any tips?
 Also we did book 2 2day silvercar rental on ddms deal (sorry Dan only gave you one refferal :P ). Will they let us play around with that (change location/date) or it is what it is?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #188 on: May 31, 2015, 11:02:10 AM »

Is the monterey aquarium really worth a day (been told its the best in america, is it really?)

Atlanta has the best aquarium in the country.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #189 on: May 31, 2015, 09:06:43 PM »
Do you have a hyatt CC night? If so, Hyatt Carmell Highlands is a bit past Monterey and if you ask nicely they will put you in a townhouse.  This is where we stopped.  If not, any UR or Marriott/IHG/Hyatt points? All those chains have hotels in Monterey proper.
thx, hyatt is 25k points for basic 2 person room (no guarantee on townhouse, and not showing availability for my night). have IHG etc, but those options dont seem as worth it. think we will rough it at the super 8 suite for 61 and 3k points...

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #190 on: June 01, 2015, 01:38:34 AM »
Anyone care to weigh in: I plan on driving sat night from la to Fresno & then go to Yosemite Sunday. I have (as of now) a 9:20pm flight out of lax on Monday so here are the options:
1- stay in the valley for 250$ for Sunday night & get in another half day in Yosemite & head out around 1:00
2- do the same but stay in El Portal which is supposedly 30/45 min away & save 100$.

3- after sunset by glacier point go to the westin by mamouth lake & stay in that area until 1:00/2:00?

4- ditch the whole Yosemite ( I love it there but been there twice) and just go to the westin for Sunday/Monday.

I am hoping to get on later flight Monday night to buy me some more time.
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #191 on: June 01, 2015, 09:47:52 PM »
Atlanta has the best aquarium in the country.

+1000  ;D

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #192 on: June 02, 2015, 04:39:36 AM »
thx, hyatt is 25k points for basic 2 person room (no guarantee on townhouse, and not showing availability for my night). have IHG etc, but those options dont seem as worth it. think we will rough it at the super 8 suite for 61 and 3k points...
I stayed using a bought free night cert, came out to be a much better value.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #193 on: June 02, 2015, 09:04:06 PM »
I stayed using a bought free night cert, came out to be a much better value.

cat 1-4 or sign up night?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #194 on: July 27, 2015, 12:15:10 AM »
Anyone want to wikify the top activities on the PCH?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #195 on: July 27, 2015, 08:41:26 AM »
Anyone want to wikify the top activities on the PCH?
Maybe later today.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #196 on: July 28, 2015, 02:35:04 PM »
Anyone want to wikify the top activities on the PCH?
Done, but feel free to add.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #197 on: July 28, 2015, 03:06:37 PM »
Awesome, anyone want to add reviews of those activities?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #198 on: July 28, 2015, 03:14:28 PM »
Done, but feel free to add.

Thanks, great wiki.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #199 on: July 28, 2015, 03:19:56 PM »
Awesome, anyone want to add reviews of those activities?
Thanks. I've done all the activities listed with the exception of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Solvang.  More specific questions would be helpful.

Thanks, great wiki.
Thanks!