Okay, here's the deal. My parental units will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area (well, me, and I happen to live in the Bay Area) in a little while--early June to be exact.
This will be their third visit. In the past we've been to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park (more), The Hearst Castle, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, a brief visit to Napa, and a lot of the local stuff as well (San Francisco, Tech Museum, Winchester Mystery House, Chabot Space and Science Center, The Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton, etc).
This time around, we'd like to hit some stuff up North and East and are looking for ideas. Our current thinking is that we'd like to spend a few days up in the Lake Tahoe area (possibly Reno?) and maybe hit something interesting on the way there: Sacramento or maybe some of the old gold towns? Ideas? Recommendations? Stuff to avoid?
Oh, I'll just have to give a glider ride or two up at Truckee too. :-)
As a separate excursion, we'll probably also visit the Napa/Sonoma area for a couple days as well. The only thing we have planned so far is a lunch ride on the Napa Wine Train. From there we'll probably head farther north up the Mendocino Coast. Again, any ideas, recommendations, or stuff to avoid in the area?
At this point I'm trying to cast a net and see what kind of ideas are out there. My parents are not the type to get out and hike five miles, but they do like scenic areas. If possible, we'd like to avoid the most touristy and crowded areas unless they're really worth it.
Let's see, what other parameters can I provide? Hmm. Stuff like one-day boat rides on a river somewhere would be right up their alley. We're not terribly big on [most] museums.
Even recommendations on scenic routes, places to stay/east, etc. are all welcome.
We'll likely also try to hit a few local things (such as a trip to Hollister for a glider ride or two), so any suggestions locally would be cool too. Is there anything worth seeing or doing in Gilroy? It's on the to and from Hollister.
I've been thinking that the Computer History Museum might be fun, but Mom probably wouldn't like it very much.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now and hope someone out there has a good idea or two. Thanks in advance for any that turn up!
Posted by jzawodn at April 26, 2004 09:27 PM