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Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

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Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

My husband and I will be flying into San Fran at 10 am on a Sunday and plan on taking the day to drive down to Monterey! Any must sees or recommended routes? Must stop restaurants? Most scenic drive?

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1. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

This has been covered a couple of times recently. See the link below.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60713…

Just FYI, nobody here says 'San Fran'. Not a big deal though.

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2. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

If you want to see coast the whole way, take Hwy. 1. If you want to detour via a redwood grove, head toward Henry Cowell State Park, then the coast.

Are you spending the night in Monterey? What are your plans after that?

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3. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

Thank you! We will be staying in Monterey Sunday and Monday night and driving back on Tuesday morning!

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4. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

Ok, great. On Sunday visit Henry Cowell, Santa Cruz, Elkhorn Slough or any other spots you fancy on the way to Monterey. If you get there early enough, visit the Aquarium, Carmel art galleries, or historic Monterey. On Monday, take the entire day to explore Big Sur: highlights include Point Lobos, Pfeiffer State Beach, Bixby Bridge, lunch at Nepenthe, McWay Falls. Maybe hang out at Carmel City Beach for sunset.

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5. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

You might encounter some traffic on the weekend especially on Highway 1. The drive is only a couple hours on the short route and 3 hours on longer route. But with traffic it might take longer. Highway 1 will be the most scenic. Good restaurants are up near Half Moon Bay (Sam's Chowder), or further south when you get into Carmel. Maybe you can look up places before you get there to make it easier once you check into your hotel.

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6. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

Since you are making such a short trip, I would recommend minimizing the stops and detours on the way and spending as much time as possible in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Big Sur. You might consider swinging by Santa Cruz on the way back if you are willing to leave Monterey early. But the priority on a Sunday should be getting to Monterey as quickly as possible.

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8. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

Err Highway 1 is not closed from SF to Monterey and back

So please ignore Burlington Coat Factory Supervisor Sam who posts irrelevant info in many of his posts

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9. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

Do you not read ? Helpful Sam does not say or suggest what you allude Belloend

Edited: 10 June 2018, 16:04
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10. Re: Tricks or tips for a road trip from San Fran to Monterey?

By mentioning it in this thread, Sam is suggesting that parts of Highway 1 between SF and Monterey are closed. That is incorrect.

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