The Wandering Weekenders- Northern California Lovin'

Every year, the husband and I try to go on one big trip that truly gets us away for about a week.

  • In 2010 we visited Saint Maarten for our honeymoon.
  • We were saving money in 2011 so we didn’t go on a big trip.
  • In 2012 we went on a cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, and then we went to NYC during Christmas. (We were probably trying to make up for not going on a trip in 2011.)
  • Last year, 2013, we had a “big kids” trip to Disney World and Universal Studios.
  • And this year, we did a semi-roatripping vacation to Northern California. We flew to San Francisco, and then proceeded to drive to Napa, Lake Tahoe, back to San Francisco, and then we did a day trip to Big Sur.

The Wandering Weekenders- Northern California Lovin'

 

The reason that we chose to go to Northern California this year was probably because I really wanted to visit San Francisco with the hubby. During my internship in college, the company I was interning for sent all the interns to San Francisco for a week of training. A few of us coordinated and managed to book flights that arrived about a half day early and left a half day late, so we were able to get a little bit of sight seeing in. We visited in January, and we happened to visit during one of the random weeks during the year when the Bay City wasn’t completely covered in a layer of fog. When we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on our last day, we had the most perfect, clear weather! It was amazing, and I instantly fell in love with the city.

The Wandering Weekenders- Northern California Lovin'

 

Another reason we chose Northern California was because of how close everything is up there. Napa is only an hour and a half from San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe and Big Sur were both was around 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Living in Texas, a 3.5 hour drive really isn’t that bad at all. We make trips to Dallas and the hill country that are longer than that for weekend trips, and honestly we kind of like road tripping.

We spent a little over a week in Northern California (7 full days and 2 travel days), and had a blast. If I had a few more vacation days, I would have spent another 2 days visiting Yosemite, but that just means that we have another reason to visit NoCal in the future! We had the following timeline while we were in NoCal and I think that we had a good amount of time in each place. We might have needed an additional day to see Big Sur or to stay in Carmel by the Sea, but overall we got to see a lot of each place.

  • Friday: landed in San Francisco and saw the Muir Woods on our way to Napa  (See post here)
  • Saturday-Sunday: Napa Valley (See posts herehere, and here)
  • Monday-Tuesday: Lake Tahoe (See post here)
  • Wednesday-Saturday: San Francisco, with a road trip to Big Sur on Friday (See San Fran posts here, here, and here, and Big Sur here)

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The Wandering Weekenders- Northern California Lovin'