We hoped to hike Kauai this summer. You peeps offered bountiful advice on volcanoes and topless drives along the coast. Made me hungry rehashing your huddle around pit-style hog roasts and fresh cuts of yellowfin tuna.
The plan was to fly from Des Moines to California, hang out on the west coast for a couple days, then arc over to Hawaii and fry our pasty Iowa flesh.
Flights between California and Hawaii are running $650+ roundtrip. More than we want to pay, so we're truncating and looking at only doing California.
A lot of B&P readers ping from the left coast, you're the #2 hit count after Iowa. 400 last month, I figure you'll offer better travel advice than what I can glean from Google:
Curls suggested flying into San Diego and exploring that area for a week or 10 days. I'm open to anything, but realize California is massive so we'll only be able to nibble off a small morsel in one trip.
Eventually I want to see Silicon Valley and tour some of the IT companies there, plus north up to Fremont for Elon Musk @Tesla. But that will come later, on a future visit. This time, we'll stay south.
I'd like to surf in the Pacific, rent a convertible and cruise the coastline, see mountains, desert and vineyards. Food means a lot, taco trucks and seafood and whatever else people suggest to fill a hungry 143 lbs. San Diego strafes the Mexican border, is that a si, go get some tamales or nope, you'll end up in a trunk?
Let's hear it from you that live in sunny southern California. Yes or no to San Diego, and why? What are some things within a two hour drive of there we'd be fools to miss? Food, teach me.
Thanks for your help!