(Quote) Tiffiany-902101 said:
Alright, well unfortunately due to plane ticket reservations and hotel reservations I have to do certain things as planned--such as fly into LA and then out of Sacramento. However, I am trying my best to spend at least one night in San Francisco. So, specifically, what are some things to do in San Fran? So far this is what I have: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the iconic row of houses (think Full House), and Ghiradelli Square.
As a local Californian, I have some ideas for you, but let me stew on this for awhile. I will try to think of things I would have liked as a younger woman.
Here are a few things that stand out for consideration:
1. At SF, you may want to see Chinatown. SF was a major point of entry for Chinese-Americans, so the Chinatown there is significant and fun
2. If you come to CA, you must see at least one of our Catholic missions. Look up CA missions before coming; there are many along coastal CA. Although I just noted that you live in TX. I understand that there are also Spanish mission in NM, so it is possible that you may not be so impressed with them, if seen others in a surrounding state.
3. Do not expect much from Los Angeles. It is not the beach-bonaza represented in the movies. An urban jungle is a better description, so be careful. That image is the Los Angeles of former years. Parts of Hollywood are quite seedy; just so you know,and so won't be dissapointed. You might like Universal Studios, that has much to offer about how movies and special effects are made. You may like the Huntington Library, and the Pasadena area, Malibu, Venice is seedy, but fun to visit and see if you have an open mind.
4. If you must go to Sacramento, you might want to see the state capital building, which is quite nice. Surprisingly, Sacramento is quite small-townish. Although I like that town, there is little of interest.
5. Most of the CA coast is beautiful. A favorite thing to do here is to drive Highway 101, much of which is parallel to the beaches.
6. Go to our Pacific shores, especially Malibu, Venice beach, Monterey coast. They are most often crowed, but it would be worth it to go. I suggest going earlier in the morning, and on a weekday, if possible.
7. The whole state is quite casual as far as dress.
8. Californians can sometimes be icky about "tourists." So don't look like one while here, and you will have fun, e.g., leave any cowboy hats at home, and don't play any country music on your radio.
Thanks for everyone's input! I am truly grateful and having a blast making a list of all the must-sees and to-dos. I am really big into Hollywood glitz and glamour so there are some things that I want to do in LA, BH, and Hollywood for sure. I'm going with my cousin who is also a huge film fanatic so I've got to plan this with her preferences in mind as well! :)