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IMHO, driving yourself is the way to do it if you want any freedom at all once you get there. I've been to Yosemite several times - the most recent just over a week ago. The drive from the San Francisco Bay Area depends a little on where you start out, and what time of day/week you go, but if you plan for about 4 hours you'll be close to the mark. Once ...


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[So tempted to answer this with, "let me know when and I'll pick you up," but that doesn't answer the question for Googlers down the line, does it?] If you're looking for public transportation in the greater San Francisco Bay area, the place to start is always 511.org. A little looking around there will lead you to the Golden Gate Transit site, where you ...


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I am not convinced it is really related to travel, but in fact, there is an option if you are near Palo Alto Caltrain Station. SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) offers some night buses between San Francisco (Financial District) and Palo Alto Caltrain station. This is the line 397 that has 3 buses per night from Palo Alto Caltrain station, ...


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I used SkyScanner to check from New York (any airport) to San Francisco International for a period of one year. SkyScanner reports these figures using fares found by its website users within the past 10 days. Surprisingly it appears months further in the future are selling at higher rates while dates closer are selling at ~$300 range. Not exactly sure ...


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The rule as given in VTA's Conditions for Passage (Section 4) reads (b) No passenger on a transit vehicle or in or on a transit facility shall: (7). Eat or drink or possess an open food or drink container where eating or drinking or possession of open food or drink containers is prohibited by sign or written notice. You'll probably ...


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So now that I've done it, I've got some good tips. FIRST THING'S FIRST. I SWEAR TO GOD, IF YOU CARVE YOUR NAME INTO ONE OF THESE TREES, I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN MYSELF. That being said-- I landed in Arcata airport, where I rented a car from Hertz right in the airport. They're open pretty late and also rent to people as young as 20, so it's pretty damn ...


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So 'points of interest' is probably way too broad, so I'll focus on the National Parks. There are 59 National Parks in the United States and territories, across 27 states (and territories). California has nine of these: Channel Islands Death Valley Joshua Tree Kings Canyon Lassen Volcanic Pinnacles Redwood Sequoia Yosemite Some of those, as indicated ...


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BART does not have luggage areas/racks as such, however all cars do have a large open area intended for bicycles and wheelchairs. Depending on how busy the train it at the time you get on you may be able to get the seat directly next to this area which will allow you to sit down and still control your luggage, or you may need to stand if that seat is taken ...


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There's a shortage in Napa recently, and it's becoming newsworthy: According to Crystal Britto, owner of Concierge of the Valley, getting a cab in Napa on the weekends can be difficult. With only three main taxi companies in town, riders have fewer choices for such transportation, she said. and Juliette Christensen, head concierge at Andaz ...


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I've visited several of these parks, though it's been several years: definitely Prairie Creek, Humboldt, and Redwood National Park, and I think perhaps one or two others. I recall them all as being beautiful; I wouldn't say there's a particular one that you have to visit or you're missing out. I don't think you can go too far wrong. Note that even within ...


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I'm fairly certain that at least some cars on the Capitol Corridor have a luggage area by the stairs (I forget if it is upstairs or downstairs). You could ask the conductor as you board. There are also overhead bins for smaller items. The times I've ridden the Capitol Corridor it has never been crowded, but that's never been at 5pm on a weekday. BART ...


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Haven't taken the Capitol Corridor yet, but I know for sure that CalTrain is a valid option. BART doesn't have any designated luggage spaces, but you can take your luggage on it. BART goes to SFO and OAK after all, people do it all the time. You can take BART, then switch to CalTrain which has a couple of stops in Mountain View, or you can take the Capitol ...


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There are a few obvious driving routes. The drive will probably take 6 to 8 hours overall depending on where in the city you begin and end. I-5 is the fastest but certainly the least interesting with fewest opportunities to stop. There are official rest stops along the way but these have very few services. Almost no towns. 101 is slightly more interesting ...


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Do not use Yellow Cab of Napa unless the meter is ON. Friday night my friend and I needed a taxi ride from Napa Wine train to Marriott in Vallejo. A ride from the hotel to the wine train in a rush hour was $40 on the meter by a Vallejo taxi company. Coming back we were quoted $65 flat rate by Yellow Cab of Napa once we were sitting in the car. We ...



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