In a couple of month's time I'm heading to CA-LI-FORN-IA baby, and I'd be very grateful for some Warrior recommendations. I fly into San Francisco on July 23rd and will be spending the next three days in San Jose at a blogging conference. Ah yes, I'm prepared to fly that far to become a better blogger for my Warriors! I'm really looking forward to becoming more involved in the blogger community and at this particular conference there are going to be thousands of them from all over the world! You know me, I love people and I love a good natter so I'm hopeful of making a new friend or two hundred. ;)
Following the conference I plan on staying in California (in the area highlighted on the map) for a further five days so I feel the need to squeeze in as much Californian dreamin' that I can!
This is where you come in my globetrotting Warriors! I have a few things on my itinerary which I've listed below but they're not set in stone by any means. One thing I have learned from my travels is the need to be flexible and open to suggestions from people who've been there, done it and bought several t-shirts. When I spent a month backpacking in Costa Rica last summer, for example, I reserved the first night's stay in advance and then booked hotels/activities on a day to day basis, following recommendations from people I met along the way. And they didn't let me down.
Here's what I have on my list so far:
Surely going to San Francisco without setting freckly foot on the Golden Gate Bridge would be like visiting Peru and not witnessing Machu Picchu or spending time in Scotland without sampling haggis. It's a technical must see masterpiece and the one thing on my list that is set in stone. (And fabricated steel.)
A visit to Alcatraz comes highly recommended on trip advisor. You catch a ferry over to the Island and, if you're lucky, you'll spot some whales along the way. I've heard that you can actually sit inside one of the cells and they close the door on you for that authentic "oh crap, I'm in the slammer and I'm claustrophobic" effect. What say ye, Warriors? Shall I head on over to The Rock?
Of Yosemite the National Park Service remarks:
"Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra."
That's a pretty compelling description right there and the photograph isn't too shabby either. I may have to set this one in stone and I'm sure you can understand why. :)
I'm not a wine connoisseur, heck, I don't even drink the stuff, but what I can appreciate are peace and tranquility amidst a stunning landscape of lush, rolling hills, dark green valleys and dusty brown mountains.
I love me a fast and furious rollercoaster and there are plenty of them to be conquered at Six Flags theme park in Sacremento. I haven't been to a Six Flags since New Jersey, 2001 and I'm ready to seek some serious thrills! But maybe you're sitting there thinking that my time and money would be better spent elsewhere. As always, I remain open to suggestions. :)