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Coastal Drive from San Francisco to Monterey

Capitola pier

On our trip to California we above all wanted to explore the coast. So we took the spectacular Highway 1 south, from San Francisco to Monterey. The Monterey area is definitely worth a vacation trip. The city itself is in a pretty location and there’s a lot that interests travelers: the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium and the Cannery and outside the city Carmel, Pacific Grove, Carmel ...

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Day Trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest, California

Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail

California is famous for its giant redwoods but redwood forests have almost disappeared from Californian shores. To see giant trees I made a day trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest that is the only remaining redwood forest in San Francisco bay area.   The trip was a half day self drive tour and I was traveling with my husband. Muir Woods ...

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Touring the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, California

Santa Ynez Valley vineyard view

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country is one of the new wine regions of California. In addition to vineyards and wine tasting the valley offers pretty small towns like Solvang, Los Olivos and Los Alamos.  The Santa Ynez Valley is in the Central Coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We toured this new wine region on our road trip ...

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San Francisco Golden Gate Area Sights

Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is for many people the thing they know about San Francisco. We went to see what the bridge is like. In addition we wanted to see the other Golden Gate area sights. We walked across the bridge and along San Francisco coast and had a great day out. And there was so much more to see in the area. There was a large green area ...

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San Francisco Sightseeing: A Driving Tour

Alamo Square and San Francisco downtown

This post tells you how to make a San Francisco sightseeing driving tour. Driving in Central San Francisco is super easy if you can visit on Saturday or Sunday when there is less traffic. Parking may be a problem but we found good solutions for that. We spent a sunny Saturday driving around Central San Francisco and reserved the Sunday for Golden Gate area attractions. Both days were ...

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Exploring The Historic Sonoma Plaza

Sonoma center

The small town of Sonoma one hour north of San Francisco is the center of the valley with the same name. Sonoma’s main attractions are its wineries and the historic Sonoma Plaza. This post is a small photo gallery of the historic Spanish-style Sonoma, California.     Sonoma History It all started when Sonoma Mission fathers planted the first vineyards in Sonoma Valley in 1824. ...

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Napa Valley Day Trip from San Francisco

Napa Valley Winery California

This post shows you a Napa Valley day trip with a route map and photos. We spent a sunny day driving around the scenic Napa Valley, California and visited top wineries tasting their best wines. Here are my top picks for a Napa Valley day trip. Napa Valley is a beautiful stretch of valley north of San Francisco and home to about 300-400 wineries. A day ...

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Sightseeing in Key West

A house in Key West

Key West is the southernmost city in the continental US and it’s a place where you’d like to stay much longer than you planned. The ginger-bread houses are so pretty and the tropical lifestyle is so relaxed. Key West is in the Caribbean islands. I have visited Key West twice on my trips to US, and I guess that on my next trip to Miami I’ll again have to take ...

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Florida Keys: Driving to Key West

Pigeon Key, Florida Keys

This blog post brings you to the Florida Keys. You follow our trip along this long row of islands leading from Miami to Key West.  We made the trip at an easy pace and spent a few days on the road. You can drive to Key West in four to five hours if you only stop once or twice. But we made the trip longer  than a ...

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Walking Trails in the Everglades

Anhinga bird, the Everglades

This day trip from Miami brings you to walking trails in the Everglades. You walk the Anhinga Trail which is one of the most popular trails in Everglades National Park. Next to Anhinga Trail is the short Gumbo Limbo trail. You continue driving all the way to the southern edge of the Everglades, to a place called Flamingo, where you can spot crocodiles and manatees. On ...

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