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5 Days GETAWAY

Road Trip – West Coast

Hey everyone !

Last year I did this roadtrip with all my family and I thought I could share it with you as I enjoyed every single moment of it !

So here are my days, but before you should note what is needed 🙂

Needing: 

1 large bag including (1 swimwear, 1 beach towel, a jumpsuit or coat, sport outwear, sunglasses, a gps, a credit card (with money !), a camera and the rest you know !!(pyji, underwears, pants, cosmetic case …)

A car (Enterprise, Alamo)

Day 1: Los Angeles – Lake Tahoe : 7-8hours 

5:00 am: Engine starts and go go go !

6:30 am : Already in the middle of  No-Where ! But so beautiful landscapes, the desert is waking up thanks to the sunset. We drove close to the Naval Station and even saw a drone very impressive because so silent and fast. Looked like a huge bird was going to touch us !

Drone

Picture Drone

Around 11:00 am: We stopped at Mono Lake and where able to breath fresh air and observe the beautiful lake and peaceful atmosphere…

Lake Mono

Picture Lake Mono

1:30pm: We finally arrived at our final destination: LAKE TAHOE

Our hotel was nice, nothing fancy, the service was not very good but we were close to the lake, comfy room, not too expensive and we stayed 1 night. Here it is

We went to have lunch at this restaurant on the lake very American but cool spot !

After this afternoon spent at the lake, we drove to have a nice view of the Lake Tahoe..  HERE YOU GO!

Later, you can  do so much activities : Hiking, Biking, Kayaking !  Just need the strength after this long trip !

For dinner we went to this restaurant on the lake again ! I know but we just like it 🙂 Can’t say it was delicious but not bad, the atmosphere was really cosy though 🙂

Going back to the hotel – Night Night !

Lake Tahoe

Picture Lake Tahoe

Day 2 – Lake Tahoe – San Francisco / 3h30

Yes ! back to the civilisation !

10:00am: Quick breakfast at this American Dinner, hmmm this good bacon and eggs and muffins and pancakes ok stooop!

11:00 am: Back on the road for 3 hours !

02:30pm: Hotel here we are ! We chose this hotel because we knew it was going to be a good value, no risk and honestly when you did so much road it feels really good to end up somewhere where you’re sure you will have a smile on your face! Even got upgraded, how cool is that ?

Another hotel was highly recommended to me through a local SF citizen 😉 but never tried ! For those of you looking for less expenses: San Remo  / However, I will always recommend a good AirBnb 😉

03:00pm: Let’s go guys don’t lay to much on your bed you will never wake up and so many stuff to discover in this city !

We stayed two nights and here are some restaurants, activities, places, districts you want to see 🙂

So what to do in San Francisco ? 

First Activities  ! 

– Tour to Alcatraz jail island (Tip: Book in advance your tickets !)

– Be the paparazzi of the Golden Bridge (Best view here)

– Walk along Marshall Bay (1h-2h) with the view of the Golden Bridge

– See the Sea Lions Here

– Go down Lombard Street you have to !

– Street Art Downtown ?

– Go for a walk in the gay district: Castro District

– Shopping at Mission District (Mission St and Valencia St), Fillmore Street, Sacramento Street or Union Street

– Rent a bike in Sausalito

– Take pictures on a cable car

Food Food Food !

Break time ?

Best salted Ice Cream – HERE 

Good coffee: Sightglass 

Brunch ?

Plow (French Toast are good !)

Bluestem Brasserie

Lunch ?

Bar Bocce (very cool on the sand you have to go !)

Dinner ?

Chambers (very cool atmosphere, you enter through a wood door and get into a restaurant with an impressively cute decoration, music etc … Totally recommending this meal if you like meat : Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip )

Foreign Cinema (Foreign films are shown in an outside patio)

SF

Pictures San Francisco

Day 4 – San Francisco – Carmel Beach /2h15

You have to stop by Silicon Valley in the morning and drive by the giants (Google, Facebook, Apple). I mean aren’t you still impressed by all these companies ??? Well Well… I am !

Once done… or not !: Set your GPS to Carmel Beach, CA and make sure you will take the itinerary by the Road 1. You can be there in 1 hour with the highway but clearly no point.

You’ll pass by beautiful landscapes and beaches. Stop when you can, take some pictures, walk on the sand and back on the road again.

Park your car around Ocean Street and Lincoln St and walk on Ocean St … You’ll find cute little shops, bakeries, decoration accessories. If you go around mid August, you will see beautiful collectors cars thanks to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. On a separate note, make sure to book your hotel a long time in advance because it is always very crowded.

By walking all the way down of Ocean Street, you’ll end up on the white sand of Carmel. Don’t forget to grab a little sandwich before, best part is to eat it on the sand 🙂

Once your day completed, here are some little suggestions of restaurants and hotels:

Restaurants

Dametra Restaurant (Really packed !)

Fan of Cheese ? Make a stop at the Carmel Cheese Shop

Casanova Restaurant (Never tried but supposed to be very good and cute :-))

Sleeping Time !

“My money is not a problem when I think of my night !”: $$$ Bernardus Lodge And Spa or Carmel Valley Ranch 

“Just a hotel nothing fancy nothing cheap” : $$ : Monterey Bay Inn Hotel

“A bed that’s it !” : The Stevenson Hotel 

Route

Picture Landscapes Road 1

Road1

Another 1 !

Carmel

Pictures Carmel

Day 5: Carmel Beach – Los Angeles / 5-6h 

I have to tell you that this is a another long drive: about 5-6 hours but the road is still beautiful and you will enjoy each minutes. Why ? because you’re driving along one of the most beautiful road ! The Road 1. Make a stop close San Obispo in the Cayucos village and have a slice at this place in front of the Ocean ! How cool is that ? Eating a slice of pizza in front of the Ocean ? Anyways! Thought it’s amazing.

Ocean Front

Picture of Ocean Front Pizza Restaurant

Hit the road back and you can make another quick stop in Santa Barbara for a few hours or even a night if you have the time. Walk along State Street and watch the sunset on the Santa Barbara Pier.

Ice cream place not to miss in Santa Barbara: Mc Connell’s

I hope you will enjoy your trip ! Feel free to share any tips with the community !

 

Cheers to all !

 

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