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Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

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Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

Hi Folks ;

We're driving up to San Francisco Airport from Paso Robles to catch a flight home on July 31st. We are looking for a place to stay relatively close to the airport -- within an hour and a half -- for the evening of July 30th. We want to explore a quaint, interesting town/city for the afternoon, dinner and then off to the airport for a flight home. Would like our last night in this part of California to be special. Any recommendations would be appreciated !

Dwayner

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2. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

I am going to suggest Santa Cruz. Here is a description...

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g33048-c133677/Santa-…

We can be at the airport by using Hwys 17/85/280/380 in an hour an 15 minutes.

The main street of downtown is lovely with trees and landscaping. Bookstores, boutiques, restaurants, including sidewalk cafes, etc.

to get here, coming up Hwy 101, I would take either Hwy 156 or 129 to get to the coast. These are both north of Salinas. It is then not far north to Santa Cruz.

I am assuming you so not want an overnight on this trip, but have a later flight. If that is not the case, and you do want an overnight, let me know and I will make some suggestions.

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3. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

Thank you for the info. The plan is to leave Paso Robles the morning of the 30th

of July--head north---explore somewhere nice for the mid afternoon , dinner etc.,spend the night, & then make our way to SF airport in the morning for an early afternoon flight. So..... where to go & what to see ?

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4. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

If you're interested in following the coast, you could take Highway 46 just south of Paso Robles over to Highway 1 and drive up through beautiful Big Sur. It's a slow scenic drive with the ocean on one side and the Santa Lucia mountains hugging the road on the other.

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay would all make for a pleasant overnight stay before you return to SFO for your flight home.

Half Moon Bay would be the closest to the airport, but it's pretty small.

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5. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

Thank you--really appreciate your help & suggestions. That's what we'll do !

Dwayner

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6. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

Here is a suggestion for a hotel in Santa Cruz. It faces the Bay and every room has a patio or balcony with a view.

…trvlclick.com/hotels/dream

To get to the airport you would take Hwy 17 over the hill, 20 miles to Hwy 85. This is a freeway. It is then 9 miles to Hwy 280, an 8-lane freeway which runs along the foothills of the Coast Range. It is a beautiful drive. You would then take Hwy 380 which goes directly down to the airport. About an hour and 15 minutes from Santa Cruz.

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Thank you for your reply --looks like a great place but they have a 2 night minimum & we can only stay 1 night as we have a plan to catch on the 31st.

Do you have any other recommendations in Santa Cruz ?

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8. Re: Driving from Paso Robles to San Francisco Airport

Sorry about that.

Well, there are two other nice hotels in that area, but I just checked and they also have minimum 2 night stays on weekends during the summer.

I also tried the Best Western All Suites Inn and the brand new Holiday Inn Express. Even though these two are not near the water, their summer weekend two night minimum is in place.

You will probably run into this all along the coast.

There is a motel two blocks back from the bay which looks available without the two night minimum.

www.theoceanpacificlodge.com/…

From here you can walk to the Municipal Wharf. You could have dinner there or at the Dream Inn, in its lovely restaurant, Aquarius. Locals don't often recommend eating at the Wharf, since tourist prices are in effect and the quality suffers. There is an exception, a small restaurant called Riva Fish House. They have view tables, do not take credit cards.

This is not far from downtown and the main street, Pacific Avenue, which is full of boutiques and restaurants, many of them with sidewalk seating. It is a pleasant, tree-lined street.

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