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Old 14th Apr 2018, 21:38   #1 (permalink)

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Visiting kids and family in the USA and we've been taken on a trip to the West Coast. Somewhere I've wanted to visit for over 50 years. Keep getting odd looks because of the size of the grin on my face. Due to go down to the beach in a bit.

Yeehah!!! (Yep, with 3 exclamation marks).
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 21:44   #2 (permalink)
 
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The Pacific Coast Highway.


(rental of a suitable vehicle may be desirable. Convertible, Corvette, Mustang, Harley are all perfectly fine).
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 22:11   #3 (permalink)
 
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The Pacific Coast Highway is closed south of Monterey, and about 20 miles north of Hearst Castle (just north of Morro Bay and Cambria), and will be until possibly early autumn.
This is due to a huge landslide that happened about a year ago.
I live just south of Morro Bay and my fave motorbike ride up the coast has gone!!!!
MadsDad, send me a pm and I can give you some hints, if needed.
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 22:14   #4 (permalink)

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Meadowrun. Got hire car, doesn't matter what. Currently in Newport Beach. Due to set off Monday north on Highway 1 to San Luis Ebispo (I heard 1 is blocked north of there), then onto 101, across the Golden Gate bridge, East a bit then south on 395/95 back to Vegas.

My trip from heaven (should get to see Death Valley a d Zabriskie Point as well).
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Stop in San Fran long enough to have a steak at the Tadich Grill - enjoy!
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 00:06   #6 (permalink)
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If you are not sick of beautiful sea food already then, as well as steak, you can get a great meal down at the various piers, the cable car from the centre of the CBD will get you there.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 00:33   #7 (permalink)
 
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Cool Left Coast Must Sees

Welcome to the Colonies, MadsDad!

Should you have sufficient flexibility in your schedule, by all means try a side trip to Yosemite. I have been to a war, a rodeo, and a goat f*****g, but the first time I entered that paradisaical valley through the South tunnel entrance, I had to pull the car over and weep for the extraordinary majesty of it all. It was a good long cry - one that made me realize how fortunate we are to exist upon this miracle planet called Earth...

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Old 15th Apr 2018, 00:45   #8 (permalink)
 
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Joe's Crab Shack, Fisherman's Wharf - what it says on the tin ...
Breakfast on the wharf in Monterey
Stayed at the Narrow Gauge Inn just outside Yosemite c. 30 years ago - still a memorable stay.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 03:52   #9 (permalink)
 
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MD,
I looked up your profile. Two suggestions:

1) Visit the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (http://www.computerhistory.org)

2) If you go to Death Valley, arrange to drive from the Owens Valley to the Panamint Valley on Highway 190. Coming down the hill towards Panamint Springs, stop off and have lunch or a picnic at Father Crowley Lookout (36.3546624 -117.5417333) - marked as the JEDI Transition on the map on this link: https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/1...sk-of-overuse/

With luck, you’ll see some jets coming out of China Lake AWR and flying down “Star Wars Canyon”. It’s like the Mach Loop on steroids.

PS Make sure you have lots of water in your vehicle when driving in the desert.

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Old 15th Apr 2018, 04:25   #10 (permalink)
 
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MadsDad - you are in for a treat! I have a few suggestions for the Highway 1 part of the trip:

Try stopping at Gladstones for lunch near Santa Monica (it's where Sunset Blvd meets Highway 1). Decent food and a wonderful location right on the beach - complete with the odd movie star from time to time.

Santa Barbara has some great restaurants and neat things to do - a bit expensive though.

No real suggestions for San Luis Obispo but nearby Pismo Beach is a fun little town!

Try and stop in Cambria on Highway 1, it's about halfway between LA and San Francisco. It has the beautiful Moonstone Beach, and the village has some excellent restaurants. Highway 1 is closed a few miles north of there so you will have to head inland from there to 101 to Monterey, but strongly suggest you then travel back down south from Monterey into Big Sur. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Try Nepenthe or the Post Ranch Inn for lunch with a view. The aquarium in Monterey is well worth a visit as well.

Enjoy the trip, it sounds wonderful!
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 05:48   #11 (permalink)
 
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Agree with the above.

If you've time a few other suggestions...

- day trip to Santa Catalina Island.
- sunset at Old Tony's on Redondo Beach pier.
- Solvanng (?sp), a Dutch town.
- monarch butterflies just south of Pismo.
- Bixby Bridge, needs detour south because of road closure.
- Carmel by Sea town.
- Cannnery Row in Monterey, if staying there highly recommend The Spindrift Inn with an ocean view room.
-San Francisco cable car (tram) museum.
- Alcatraz Island.

HTC
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I forgot about Carmel - definitely worth a visit, not just because Clint Eastwood used to be the mayor! I recommend Dametra Cafe for lunch - great food and a wonderful atmosphere - and the town is small enough to walk almost everywhere. Between Carmel and Monterey is 17 Mile Drive which is a beautiful drive, although it costs around $10 for access (I think it's worth it).

If you're interested in wildlife, a few miles north of Cambria is an elephant seal vista point where you see the seals on the beach and there are volunteers to explain what you're seeing. You can literally spend hours there just watching the seals and their behaviour - some of it's quite amusing - and it's free.
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- Solvanng (?sp), a Dutch town.
Solvang...Danish.

It means "sunny field".
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There's an aviation museum on the way back to Santa Clara from Monterey - https://goo.gl/maps/iryfT2K2MS82

Some different stuff in there, well worth a look if you're passing.
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I did it, a long-held ambition, in 2009. A wonderful experience. Big Sur was a highlight.
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Mrs C said let's try a few days in LA.
I booked a hotel almost at random in the days when Thomson (remember them) did Citybreaks.
It was called The Roosevelt; little other detail about it in the brochure.
Wasn't until I got the AA City Guide that I discovered it's on Hollwood Blvd, right opposite the Chinese Theatre. First morning we got there we wandered across the road to see it; a guy came up to us and asked if we would like to go and see a 'live' TV show being taped. OK report to Paramount TV studios at 2.30pm. We did just that and this was only the first day.
Subsequently went to the Wells Fargo Museum in downtown and did a Beverley Hills minibus trip and also went to Universal Studios and various small museums like the Hollywood Studio Museum, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Entertainment Museum etc.
The Roosevelt Hotel was the venue for the first ever Acadamy Awards ceremony and contains a museum on the mezzanine with various bits of film memorabilia.
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Did the drive some 15 years ago, amazing experience. Carmel, the ‘17 mile drive’ and the maritime centre in Monterey, were highlights among many other delights, mentioned here.
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Agree with the above.

If you've time a few other suggestions...

- day trip to Santa Catalina Island.
I second this----take IEX helicopters---you might even fly with me.....
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Things to do - The Queen Mary is in Long Beach if you fancy a visit to the old gal. Another favorite for the VAP family that could be a stop along your way out of town - The Reel Inn in Malibu at Topanga Canyon - great prices on excellent, fresh seafood and a low-key locals hangout. Or if you prefer pier side dining with the tourist crowd, there's always Duke's on the iconic Malibu Pier. We were there a couple of months ago and by chance met the real life Gidget. Happy Motoring!

Highway 1 mudslide will be one year old come 20 May. This is what 8 million cubic yards of dirt and rocks looks like from the air:
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That is a tough one.
Sparse vegetation, little rainfall, forest fires , lots of rainfall = moving hills.
A couple of well placed cruise missiles would clear it ready for the next slide waiting in the wings. Well, maybe 10 or 12.
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