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Old 04-13-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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California Travels this summer

We are taking our grand daughter to Cali this summer. We are going to Disneyland, all the way up to San Fran. Total of 14 days in California.

Where are the "best family" places to stay? Easy as possible in/out, maybe shuttles or public transport. Especially in the San Fran area.

Any and all info. Is appreciated
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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I would recommend somewhere around Santa Rosa. It's about an hour north of SF as I recall.


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Old 04-13-2015, 11:40 PM   #3
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When staying in Northern CA. I would stay at Skyline Park in Napa. The park is clean and quite (skylinepark.org). From this point you can drive to the upper valley to wine taste or over to the coast and visit pt. Reyes and the many beaches there (bring jacket). Six Flags @ Vallejo is 20 mi. away. Use the Vallejo Ferry to take you over to SF, use public Trans to get around the city. The Jelly Belly factory is 30 mi. away in Fairfield. The state capitol in Sacramento is 60 mi. away and the state fair could be going. If you do go to Vallejo, ALWAYS leave that town before sunset. Hope you have a great time. - Ray
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:46 PM   #4
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If you want to visit the City of San Francisco check out Treasure Island RV Park, South San Francisco RV Park 94080 Located just south of the city in South San Francisco. The bus stop is at the entrance of the park and will take you into the hart of the city where you can ride the Cable cars , trollies, and buses to all the attractions of the city.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:52 AM   #5
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An important question... how old is your grand daughter? Depending on her age, going into San Francisco may be much more interesting for you than for your grand daughter.

The San Francisco Bay Area is not particularly RV friendly, at all. You will need to stay out of the area, for the most part, and go into the city by car or other means.

I grew up and lived in the SF Bay Area until I was 45 years of age and have returned on a few occasions in recent years (I'm now 65.). There are some wonderful things to appreciate as an adult. But I'm not so sure that a very young person, again depending on her age, would find being in the Bay Area to be such an exciting thing.

I would not discourage your visit there, but be aware that RVing in San Francisco is almost impossible. Coming into San Francisco from a remote place is do-able, but downtown is incredibly congested, parking is extremely limited. It's a pretty cool (and very expensive) place to be, but not such an easy place to visit, especially for an RVer.
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We stayed at Candlestick RV Park several years ago, and it was perfect for us.

It is a secure, gated facility, very nice, and has a shuttle to/from downtown.


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Old 04-14-2015, 09:52 AM   #7
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There's a nice KOA campground on the north side of Petaluma. They have a play area for kids and used to have a petting zoo on weekends. It's pretty centrally located with access to the Beaches around Bodega Bay, the redwoods in Armstrong State Park along the Russian River, Napa wineries (in case you need a break from kid-oriented activities), and the bay area. You can catch a ferry into SF from Tiburon and Sausalito, or drive in across the Golden Gate bridge. Time your travels to avoid morning and evening rush hour traffic if you can.

PS: Californians typically don't call the state "Cali"
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As you are coming up from Disneyland (Anaheim), why not plan to drive up Big Sur.

If you do, you can visit Hearst Castle, and Santa Cruz as well. Places to stay:

1) San Simeon - State campground

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2) Plaskett Creek - BOOK NOW
3) Kirk Creek - BOOK NOW
If you miss out, there are some walkup sites available, but I have never had any luck. You can boondock up the Los Burros/Willow Creek Road as a last resort, or even in some of the Route 1 turnouts.
4) Big Sur State Park - BOOK NOW. There is access to a great beach a short drive away.
5) Monterey Bay Aquarium. There is a KOA on Route 156 plus some other campgrounds in the Monterey area. If you are DOD or retired military, you can camp at the NPGS campground.

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6) Check out the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. There are a few places to camp
- Seabright SB - BOOK NOW (sites by lottery)
- New Brighton SB - BOOK NOW
- Call the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbour - they have full hookups in the upper harbour and a water taxi

Best of luck!

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Old 04-14-2015, 12:14 PM   #9
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We are taking our grand daughter to Cali this summer. We are going to Disneyland, all the way up to San Fran. Total of 14 days in California.

Where are the "best family" places to stay? Easy as possible in/out, maybe shuttles or public transport. Especially in the San Fran area.

Any and all info. Is appreciated
If you want to get along with the locals, it is California NOT Cali!
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Also it's San Francisco NOT San Fran, Frisco, or other affectionate shorter names.
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Area around Candlestick, and in San Francisco, is usually cold, windy, foggy in June, July, August. But the weather is changing so you might see the sun, or not. Take warm clothing, long pants, sweat hoodies, for San Francisco. It's cold there in the summer. Can be in the 40's with 30kt winds (great sailing). Lived there 40 years.
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And don't refer to San Francisco as "San Fran."
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I'll second the recommendation to see Big Sur and the Monterey Aquarium. Both are great destinations regardless of age. There's a nice RV park north of Monterey on Hwy 1, Marina Dunes RV Resort. It would be a great place to stay for a visit to Monterey and Santa Cruz. It's also an easy shot over to Hwy 101 for the final trip north to the Bay Area.

If traveling north of San Francisco, pick a route that bypasses the cities. Take 101 to 680 North. Then take 80 West to 37 West around the north end of the bay over to Hwy 101. Although it's much shorter to drive straight through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate bridge, I wouldn't do it towing your AS. Too much traffic congestion.

On another note, Californians are a pretty friendly bunch. We're thrilled you're planning to visit our state with your grand daughter. Hope you have a blast and post photos of your trip here on the forums afterward.
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If you want to get along with the locals, it is California NOT Cali!
I find it easier to have a good experience with the locals if I don't get off on the wrong foot.
Correct. It is California. Not cali.
And local San Franciscans would prefer you to use the proper name, "San Francisco" or just "The City". Never "frico" and "San Fran" is only slightly less offensive.

Try Candlestick Park for RV camping. It will the closest to public transportation and things to see in, "The City".
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