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    May 11, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    Hey.Hi.Hello,

    So long story short, I am going to this wedding in California for 3 days... dateless(*small sad rain cloud follows over head). I have decided to turn a negative into a positive. I am taking 2 weeks to explore the area. (basically all of Cally). I have it mapped out on what I want to do and see. However, I was wondering if any of you guys have a "must see" while I am there. I am going to Kings Canyon to see the HUGE trees, hit the coast for some west coast sunsets. Hit San Fransisco. I want to go see Monterey some friends there. A cool goal would be to see the places and in the end hopefully end up there. icon_razz.gif

    Basically, no limit when it comes to distance. What are the things one must see while they are in California?

    ROAD TRIP!!!! (More like a plane ride... rent a car... then... ROAD TRIP)
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  • RaggedyMan

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    May 11, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
    Fisherman wharf in san Francisco. Napa, if you're into wine. Tech museum in sj icon_smile.gif if you make it here.
    What do you want to do?
  • LJay

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    May 11, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    wine country
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    May 11, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    sanjose408 saidFisherman wharf in san Francisco. Napa, if you're into wine. Tech museum in sj icon_smile.gif if you make it here.
    What do you want to do?
    I don't know... You. Wine seems to be the thing to do. lol, You both said it.
  • RaggedyMan

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    May 11, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    Genre said
    sanjose408 saidFisherman wharf in san Francisco. Napa, if you're into wine. Tech museum in sj icon_smile.gif if you make it here.
    What do you want to do?
    I don't know... You. Wine seems to be the thing to do. lol, You both said it.

    icon_eek.gif @ the first part.
    lol im just referring to bay area. you can go to santa cruz if you want. the coast is nice. oh! Disneyland!
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    May 11, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    sanjose408 said
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    sanjose408 saidFisherman wharf in san Francisco. Napa, if you're into wine. Tech museum in sj icon_smile.gif if you make it here.
    What do you want to do?
    I don't know... You. Wine seems to be the thing to do. lol, You both said it.

    icon_eek.gif @ the first part.
    lol im just referring to bay area. you can go to santa cruz if you want. the coast is nice. oh! Disneyland!
    DISNEYLAND!!!!
  • RaggedyMan

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    May 11, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
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    sanjose408 said
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    sanjose408 saidFisherman wharf in san Francisco. Napa, if you're into wine. Tech museum in sj icon_smile.gif if you make it here.
    What do you want to do?
    I don't know... You. Wine seems to be the thing to do. lol, You both said it.

    icon_eek.gif @ the first part.
    lol im just referring to bay area. you can go to santa cruz if you want. the coast is nice. oh! Disneyland!
    DISNEYLAND!!!!

    i call shotgun! ill bring the hookah icon_smile.gif

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    May 11, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    I want to go to the happiest place on earth!
    But I think it might be for another time.
    I just want to see the sights.
    Oh! and excuse to get a better camera icon_razz.gif
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    May 11, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    Don't try to do a wine country drive out of SF on a weekend. It's totally insane. Like down-town big-city traffic jams on miles and miles of little two-lane farm roads. You sit in the car all day, not moving, and maybe get to one or two wineries. I'd spend two days in SF and maybe one day for the redwoods and Monterey. Or just three days in SF and leave the road trip for some other time when you have a couple of weeks.
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    May 11, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
    Take a drive down the pacific coast highway through Big Sur.

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    Twin peaks at night.

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    Run/Explore Golden Gate Park.

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    May 11, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
    Oh! Come visit me! I think I would top a list of the sites to see in California...icon_biggrin.gif

    Kings Canyon is one of my favorite spots. It's like an underrated, less crowded Yosemite. Actually, that's where my profile picture was taken. Do you like to camp? Most of my spots are camping and backpacking spots, but there's plenty to do if you're just road tripping as well.

    The biggest must-see is probably the coast through Big Sur (just south of Monterey). Pull over whenever anything strikes your fancy, like, for example a waterfall emptying into the sea.. Hearst Castle is also nearby. That takes you down in the southern California wine country, near Paso Robles, where some varieties are every bit as good as the Napa and Sonoma counterparts, but less touristed.

    Working further south, there's the obvious drive through Malibu (skip Santa Barbara), and once in LA I like Runyon Canyon Park for a jog surrounded by hundreds of beautiful men, and, of course, Disneyland.

    As an alternative scenic drive (maybe heading north, since Highway 1 is better if you're heading south) consider Highway 49 through Gold Country? Really nice scenery through the foothills, and there's a place in Placer County where everyone pulls over and jumps into the river on hot days.

    I have a ton of info more specific to San Francisco and the Bay Area, if you're interested. If you can find a weekend day to spend in Dolores Park, it's well worth it. Also, renting a bike to ride through Golden Gate Park and across the Golden Gate Bridge to get dinner in Sausalito is kind of classic...

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    May 11, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    Unfortuntately I don't know all of California, mostly just So Cal. It also depends what you want to do: from the big theme parks to the nature parks

    Disneyland is a definite must. California adventure too.

    I love Knotts Berry Farm myself. The big things to do are to buy some of their Jelly, and Eat their world famous (I think?) fried Chicken. They also have an amazing amount of roller coasters.

    There's also Six flags, Universal Studio (though I recommend against it), Lego Land (Again against it) and Sea World. (Again Against it)

    If you are coming in the summer, you may be able to hit up a convention. (Depends on what you like. I know of Comic-con and Anime-Con, but that's about it) If it's July-September, you could probably come to the Orange County or LA county fair.

    There's also Yosemite National Park (Pretty nice for the whole nature thing) I liked it.

    The Queen Mary is a popular spot in Long Beach.

    And the list goes on from Redwood National Park to the San Diego Zoo, Golden Gate Bridge, And Getty Museum in LA.

    I honestly have never done much down here (Other than all of the theme parks at one time or another) But I highly recommend Yosemite, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm.

    OH! Almost forgot, if you are in the LA area on any Saturday of the year, I cannot recommend enough Frank and Sons Collectible show. They have everything and anything any type of collector could want. SERIOUSLY GO TO THIS PLACE!
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    May 11, 2013 6:12 AM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidOh! Come visit me! I think I would top a list of the sites to see in California...icon_biggrin.gif

    Kings Canyon is one of my favorite spots. It's like an underrated, less crowded Yosemite. Actually, that's where my profile picture was taken. Do you like to camp? Most of my spots are camping and backpacking spots, but there's plenty to do if you're just road tripping as well.

    The biggest must-see is probably the coast through Big Sur (just south of Monterey). Pull over whenever anything strikes your fancy, like, for example a waterfall emptying into the sea.. Hearst Castle is also nearby. That takes you down in the southern California wine country, near Paso Robles, where some varieties are every bit as good as the Napa and Sonoma counterparts, but less touristed.

    Working further south, in the LA area, I like Runyon Canyon Park for a jog surrounded by hundreds of beautiful men, and, of course, Disneyland.

    As an alternative scenic drive (maybe heading north, since Highway 1 is better if you're heading south) consider Highway 49 through Gold Country? Really nice scenery through the foothills, and there's a place in Placer County where everyone pulls over and jumps into the river on hot days.

    I have a ton of info more specific to San Francisco and the Bay Area, if you're interested. If you can find a weekend day to spend in Dolores Park, it's well worth it. Also, renting a bike to ride through Golden Gate Park and across the Golden Gate Bridge to get dinner in Sausalito is kind of classic...
    I haven't finished reading all of the links but THANK YOU. They are awesome. I think I will spend most of the time in SF & A little bit south. So I am interested in the specific on SF.
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    May 11, 2013 6:13 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidIf you are coming in the summer, you may be able to hit up a convention. (Depends on what you like. I know of Comic-con and Anime-Con, but that's about it) If it's July-September, you could probably come to the Orange County or LA county fair.
    OMGosh, yes.... I would love to do one of these. I would dress up too. Sadly, all I can pull off is probably a vampire at this point. That's how white I am right now.
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    May 11, 2013 6:36 AM GMT
    Way more than three days worth of stuff to do in SF. Depends on what you're in to. Some typical tourist things that I've done, each of which could take all or most of a day:

    Alcatraz tour
    Fisherman's Wharf area (tourist traps till you puke) Ride the cable cars and the muni.
    Sailing on the bay icon_biggrin.gif
    The maritime museum - just climbing around on all the old ships. Including the submarine and the liberty ship - moored at different piers.
    Early morning walk through Chinatown, up Coit Tower, along to The Presidio, then to Golden Gate Park.
    Bicycle across the GG bridge. Climb the Marin Highlands. Hang out in Sausalito.
    Aforementioned day-trip to Monterey. But get an early start.
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    May 11, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    So, more specifically SF...

    Sample day 1:

    Spend a weekend day living like a Mission/Castro person would...go for a run or walk through Golden Gate Park, buy coffee that seems overpriced until you realize how good it is at Philz or Blue Bottle or Sightglass or Ritual, get brunch somewhere, then lounge in Dolores Park in the afternoon and watch/join in with the kooky locals until the fog rolls in. Then hit up the night life!

    Sample day 2: Skip Fisherman's Wharf, for the most part, but as mindgarden said, it's a good staging area to rent a bike, ride across the bridge, hang out in the Marin Headlands (beautiful area), then go to Sausalito and take the ferry back. If you're back early enough, the ferry building will still be pretty cool, with little shops offering artisanal everything. Also, the plaza right out in front of the ferry building has some cool guys doing tricks on BMX bikes, if you're into that sort of thing...

    Then, lucky you! Right from the Ferry Building, you can hop on the Muni T-Third Street and ride down to AT&T park to catch a Giants game.

    Sample day 3:
    Alcatraz is the most worthwhile of the tourist sites, but will require some advance planning (and yes, most of a day). I haven't been yet, but it's the top thing on my list for when people come to town. You could probably combine it with some walking around North Beach/Nob Hill.

    Other neat places to visit:
    - Museums: Exploratorium, SF MoMa (near Yerba Buena Gardens, a nice peaceful place in the otherwise noisy South of Market Area), Cal Academy of Science, De Young
    - Union Square (if you're into shopping)
    - Janelle Monae is playing with the SF Symphony on Thursday!
    - Get out of the city and into Marin. Pt. Reyes is one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area because of the shoreline and trees, and there's a really cute little town (Pt. Reyes Station) where you can spoil your taste buds silly. Muir Woods is also in Marin, as well as several beaches (Stinson is my favorite). You could also take a Kayak on Tomales Bay, or eat the oysters. Be aware that even though Marin is relatively small, it takes time to get around it because the roads are steep and winding.
    - Speaking of beaches, Baker Beach is a clothing-optional beach in SF

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    May 11, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    Jockular saidTwin peaks at night.

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    OMG, this is my view going to work every morning (well in the winter when it's dark).

    There are so many things in SF that are fun to see. What do you like? How long will you plan to stay in SF? There are many of us that will give you ideas or show you around.... Don't be afraid to ask.
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    May 11, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
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    WaytoDawn saidIf you are coming in the summer, you may be able to hit up a convention. (Depends on what you like. I know of Comic-con and Anime-Con, but that's about it) If it's July-September, you could probably come to the Orange County or LA county fair.
    OMGosh, yes.... I would love to do one of these. I would dress up too. Sadly, all I can pull off is probably a vampire at this point. That's how white I am right now.


    If you're sticking to the northern part of Cali, then these are probably all out of the question, as are most of my suggestions. (And Comic-con tickets are already sold out icon_cry.gif . For future reference, if you want to go, you usually need to buy tickets the day they go on sale. That's how fast they sell out. icon_razz.gif)

    As for cosplay, I think you could do better than a vampire. Try being more creative. If your skin is "white" enough you could try the Joker. icon_lol.gif Even a zombie would be better. If you like Supernatural, cosplay of their characters would be pretty easy to do. (and hot icon_redface.gif ) But if you're doing a vampire, one from twilight would probably be cool. I'd recommend against the sparkly skin though. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 12, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    If you're sticking with northern/central California, you could go white water rafting on the American river.

    On your way to Kings Canyon head through Sequoia. You could stop at Moro rock for a great view of the central valley.

    +1 for Big Sur and Los Padres National Forest.
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    May 12, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    Big Sur
    San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara & Sausalito r cool towns
    Use the PCH as much as you can
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    May 13, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    Macaque saidOn your way to Kings Canyon head through Sequoia. You could stop at Moro rock for a great view of the central valley.
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  • Ironman4U

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    May 13, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    Already lots of great suggestions. If you're into nature...definitely put Big Sur and a PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) along the coast on your to-do list. I love Pt. Lobos State Park along the way in Carmel. And lunch at Nepenthe (Big Sur).

    In San Francisco...you'll probably want to hang out in the Castro to see all the boys (at least for the experience). Lots of clubs, restaurants and shops.

    I would also splurge one night and go to see Beach Blanket Babylon...a San Francisco classic theater performance unlike anything else, over-the-top camp and quite the entertaining event.

    If you are a runner, show up at Golden Gate Park on Saturday morning to run with the SF Front Runners (all gay running group). The park is beautiful and worth an excursion.

    Of course the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin is a must. Check out the view from the Marin Headlands (to the left as you cross the bridge). You can also head into Sausalito or you can venture into Mill Valley or Tiburon (both really cool towns), as well as hit Muir Woods (redwood forest), Stinson Beach, and Point Reyes Lighthouse.

    If you're into sports or nature, I can provide more details or happy to answer questions. Enjoy!!!