Carmel to San Francisco
Drive Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes | Distance: 140 miles
Take a detour on your way to San Francisco and visit Santa Cruz – an ultra-mellow beach town with a decidedly split personality - both of which are very cool. First, there’s the family fun of the boardwalk – a yesteryear-style esplanade lined with classic coasters, arcade games, corn dogs and a historic carousel. Then there’s downtown Santa Cruz, where local college students browse for vintage and boho chic goodies, and relaxed restaurants focus on organic, local ingredients.
Stay: Fairmont San Francisco (3 nights)
Fairmont San Francisco
It may be a San Francisco mainstay, but the Fairmont remains one step ahead of the rest thanks to unique highlights like the kitschy-but-fabulous Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar and home-harvested honey.
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