California-Oregon Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Start from Angel island. To reach there you have to take Ferry ride which can be taken from Point Tiburon, make sure to reserve the spot in ferry a night before or in advance.
  • Ideal time to go there is around 10:30 am and can do cycling in the island, rentals are on island or you can bring your own. There is also bus tour( takes about 1 hour) which I find personally nice and informative.
  • Come back at 1:30 pm and eat somewhere near by, if you want to spend some more time go to Sausalito.
  • To enjoy sunset best spot is Battery Spencer. Reach there 2 hours before sunset, usually crowded so difficult to find a parking spot.
  • On way back you can go to Ghirardelli square  and enjoy some nice coffee or hot chocolate.
  • Lombard street is nearby, can go there in Car and drive through crooked street.

Day 2:

  • Go to Big Sur, it is about 2 hours drive and you can drive on Pacific 1 highway which is famous for driving by the coast.
  • Take some stops in between where you get a chance near beach access.
  • Leave Big Sur 3-4 hours before sunset, on way back go to Carmel-By-The-Seawhere you can go on 17 mile drive(Entry fee is about 10 dollars/car).
  • Sunset is nice and peaceful, on beach in 17 mile drive.
  • Eat Dinner there, lot of food choices.

Day 3:

  • We had extra day in SF, so woke up late and then went for Lunch nearby our stay
  • During noon you can go to Fisherman’s wharf spent some time there, go on walk.
  • For sunset, we went to Baker’s beach.

Day 4:

  • On this day we left SF towards Oregon, on the way we took stop at Napa Valley around lunch time. Perfect weather and lot of wineries to enjoy.
  • For dinner we took some random stop happened to be Punjabi Dhaba at truckstop. Delicious food over there.

Day 5:

  • Spent half day at our nice Airbnb and went to Crater Lake National Park

Day 6:

  • Again on this day we spent morning in Airbnb while it was snowing outside and then we left for Lake Tahoe. It's 6 hour drive from there and pretty much it's farm road and no cafe/food for first 4 hours.

Day 7:

  • Woke up early to see sunrise at Emerald Bay. Drive is good and there is short trail to go near the shore.
  • During noon there are few places to go around, and for sunset we went to Sand Harbor Beach
  • There are many activities in Lake Tahoe if you go there in winter like we did you can do some skiing or go to casinos.

Day 8:

  • We left Lake Tahoe after breakfast and took some stops on the way. Again you can visit Napa Valley which is quick detour.

I created a list on google maps for some awesome places for you to plan. You can also reach me on Instagram @varun_y and let me know what you think of this.

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