Three Favorite Places in California!

First Stop: San Francisco

Where to go

San Francisco, CA….a city like no other.

How to get there

I have both flown and drove. Use to use Skyscanner to book your flights and spot to park your car.

What to see

There is truly so much to do here!

1. Spend at least one day at fisherman’s wharf. My favorite restaurant there is wipeout to go (best seafood & atmosphere).

2. If you are a vegetarian or enjoy a healthier meal go to Greens restaurant…yummy food and a great view of the ocean.

3. Spend a day renting bikes & biking over the Golden Gate Bridge… continue until you get to the town Sausalito (ritzy, cute, unique town).

4. If you want to see Alcatraz there are two options: pay a pretty steep price at any of the vendors or get up at 6am to go wait in line for half the price (this choice depends on who you are with and the time/money you have). I do recommend going whichever you choose, you learn a lot and it was super interesting!

5. Last but not least go to Pier 39 and watch the seals, they are hilarious!

Second Stop: Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to visit in California. It has incredible blue water and so much to do! Here is what I recommend while here:

1. Stop at Kings Beach where you will find a very large beach, kayaking, swimming, local shops, restaurants, and more!

2. Spend a while at Emerald Bay State Park. You can access it by walking down a long pathway from the parking lot or hike down through the rocks. There is clear blue water, mountain views and waterfalls!

3. Checkout Tahoe City which has lots of shopping including name brand stores and local shops. Eat at Azul which has the best Mexican food and live music right next door! Budget tip: they have a great happy hour so go before 6!

If anyone has been to Lake Tahoe please comment if you have any recommendations on what to do while here!

Third Stop: Yosemite National Park

“Let’s wander where the wifi is weak”

I’ve spent the last three days in Yosemite National Park and wanted to share how to make the most out of your visit! Here are some travel tips:

1. If you’re going to do more than one national park get the $80 year pass. If you are going to just Yosemite get the week pass for about $30.

2. While the cheapest option is to camp, I stayed in tents that were provided by the park. The tents had cots in them and one light. I loved them! I also recommend bringing a hammock if you have one. My favorite brand is Madera Hammocks. There is no outlet for your phone so be prepared for that (if you need a phone for pictures of whatever buy a charger you plug into the socket where a lightbulb goes for about $3.30). There is limited service which is a great opportunity to really unplug and explore. It also gets very cold at night so bring layers of clothes to stay warm.

3. There are many wild animals! I saw a black bear on a run (kinda scary). For your safety and the bears keep all food out of your car and tent and in the bear boxes they provide for you.

4. I have provided a map above where I circled the best tents to stay in (close to bathrooms), the best dining options, and the closest shuttle stop for you to get picked up by the bus to access the rest of the village.

5. There are many hikes to choose from while visiting Yosemite. If you want a leisurely hike through beautiful woods go on the Mirror Trail. This takes you to a river and a small lake that you can swim in.

6. If you want a more difficult one, hike Upper Yosemite Falls trail. You hike to the top of the highest waterfall in North America! The average time is about 6-8 hours so have enough water and food prepared. There is a great view of the waterfall about half way up if you did not want to go the full distance.

Comment below if you recommend any other hikes in Yosemite!

Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way. – Emma Chase

Road Trip to Toronto

A great road trip to go on is to Canada. There is a lot to see and do so having a vehicle is great way to accomplish all that you want to on your trip. I planned a trip from Wisconsin to Toronto, Canada for my boyfriend and I. There was a ton of fun stuff we did on the trip but thought you would want to hear the highlights….

1. Go to the CANADIAN side of Niagara Falls. You can see way more and it also is a really cool, touristy town! There were a bunch of open bars on the street and cool shops to look at.

2. Don’t stay too long in the actual city of Toronto…there was a lot of going out to eat and walking around the city which can be accomplished in a few days tops. Keep in mind the drinking age is 19 so if you wanted to go on a trip after your senior year of HS this could be it!

3. Travel a couple hours north to go to Bruce Peninsula. Here you can go hiking at the national park and see, Lake Huron and a beautiful forest with incredible lookout points. I did not know the great lakes had such turquoise/caribbean looking water! We stayed at hotels on this trip because it was the most affordable and kept us in the heart of everything which was important for this destination. I used @Kayak which is a website similar to expedia and I found great prices!

If you want a full itinerary for this trip or help planning please contact me!

Traveling tip: make an itinerary for your travels so you can be organized and prepared. It is also nice to have ideas for planning your next adventure!

Nothing behind me, Everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. – Jack Kerouac

Road Trip to California

Another great road trip to go on is to California. Highway 101 takes you all along the coast and allows you to see most of the wonders as your driving. It was definitely a lot of time on the road and took a decent amount of preparation and planning to make it the most enjoyable & of course affordable! On this trip I booked through home away which is a website similar to airbnb. It allows people to rent out their apartment, home, or second home to others that are traveling. It is great because the places almost always have a kitchen and other supplies. There are also hostels in the major cities if you are looking for REALLY affordable places to stay. This is a money saver because you don’t need to go out to eat all the time and can save money on little expenses like coffee in the morning or buying water bottles throughout the day.
I learned a lot about driving to travel:

1. Plan your long car rides for at night. This saves money on getting a place to stay and also allows the other travelers your with to be sleeping so you can switch off

2. Pack snacks and big jugs of water in the car. This prevents stopping all the time to get food/water, it saves money and precious time you could be out enjoying new places.

3. PLAN YOUR TRIP OUT BEFORE HAND. I think this is really important when going on a long road trip because driving for an extended amount of time can sometimes lead to travelers becoming unhappy and unable to really take in the sights around them.

4. Plan out places to park your vehicle prior to your trip. I LOVE the app spot hero it finds you really cheap parking (like $5 a day) in major cities. Parking is a part that many forget about and it can really drain your bank account if you aren’t prepared. Most hotels in cities charge you from $30 – $70 to park your car…not worth it!!

Overall, I loved driving through the states you see so much that you would not be able to see when flying. You really get to know your fellow travelers in the car and have great conversations. The best part?! You are FREE & have no restrictions on where you can go.

If you want a full itinerary for this trip or help planning please contact me!