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    Things to do (and not do) on your Californian holiday in April

    Me and the family are coming over to the US in April to spend a long-awaited fortnights holiday in California away from the UK weather.

    We're first spending a week in San Francisco then driving down the coast for five days in LA and a few days in San Diego. We have two things booked so far; IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach on 14th April (Dad's choice ) and GSW vs LA Clippers April 7th April (Son's a big GSW fan).

    We're also looking for some recommendations of other great things to do while we're over. My Mrs fancies the whole swimming with Dolphins thing if anyone knows of a reputable place, but we're pretty adventurous and mobile people (my boy's 13 and daughter's 11) so any recommendations or suggestions or even advice for when we're over would be much appreciated.
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    It has been a while since I was there, but I enjoyed Death Valley, I mean we do not have a real desert in Europe, so experiencing the heat was interesting the landscape is pretty nice too and Sequoia National Forest (I mean those trees are large !). And just in SF alone there is enough to see for a few days.

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    Between SF and LA stop at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Fabulous experience. Must make reservations though. I’d invite you to visit us in San Luis Obispo, which is on your way, but we will be in the middle of a mega wine auction at that time which ties us up for a couple of weeks


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    Eat the half chicken platter at Zankou chicken. Sunset and Normandie location is legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    It has been a while since I was there, but I enjoyed Death Valley, I mean we do not have a real desert in Europe, so experiencing the heat was interesting the landscape is pretty nice too and Sequoia National Forest (I mean those trees are large !). And just in SF alone there is enough to see for a few days.
    while I agree that Sequoia NP and Death Valley are wonderful places to visit, as a matter of context, a side trip from the straight Hwy101 SF to LA trip would require an easterly side trip of approximately 4 hours one way. And, hopefully those places will be open in April. Sequoia is now closed due to the US government shutdown. If the OP would consider that side trip worthwhile I'd suggest also visiting Yosemite NP also. Maybe if Alf Medina sees this post he can elaborate as he did the LA to Sequoia NP to Yosemite NP to San Francisco trip about a month ago. And visited me on his way back to LA
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    In San Diego...I suggest Sea World, Old Town, Liberty Station, the USS Midway Museum and Coronado Island. All of these are very close to each other. Sea World has the Swimming with the Dolphins right across the parking lot.
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    Dolphin Encounter requires reservations and a park pass... https://seaworld.com/san-diego/exper...hin-encounter/
    Looks like they moved it...when I was last there it was at where the Research Institute is now. Would walk right past it as we stayed at the hotel across the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Jones View Post
    while I agree that Sequoia NP and Death Valley are wonderful places to visit, as a matter of context, a side trip from the straight Hwy101 SF to LA trip would require an easterly side trip of approximately 4 hours one way. And, hopefully those places will be open in April. Sequoia is now closed due to the US government shutdown. If the OP would consider that side trip worthwhile I'd suggest also visiting Yosemite NP also. Maybe if Alf Medina sees this post he can elaborate as he did the LA to Sequoia NP to Yosemite NP to San Francisco trip about a month ago. And visited me on his way back to LA
    ah national parks being closes is something I did not consider with the current situation in the US and indeed it is a bit off the SF - LA route for sure.
    But those are the ones that stood out for me, next to SF itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    It has been a while since I was there, but I enjoyed Death Valley, I mean we do not have a real desert in Europe, so experiencing the heat was interesting the landscape is pretty nice too and Sequoia National Forest (I mean those trees are large !). And just in SF alone there is enough to see for a few days.
    Used to hike on the edge of Death Valley quite a bit, as the Army's National Training Center is there at Ft Irwin.

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    What about Monterrey Bay Aquarium? I've never been but everything I've seen looks amazing.
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