Yeah, smallpox and polio were eliminated using early childhood vaccination;
here's hoping we can do the same with the various SARS variants.
Here's a proposed Itinerary for your California trip :-)
Day 1: Arrive San Diego. Check in to Hotel Del Coronado for
two night stay. Dinner in La Jolla, walk Shell Beach
Day 2: Visit the San Diego Zoo (remember Joan Embry?). Visit
and tour the Midway. Visit Sea World. Golf at Torry
Pines (I like the south course). Take the light rail
down to Tijuana.
Day 3: Head north on Interstate 5 along the coast; stop and
enjoy lunch at Dana Point Harbor. See the swallows
at San Clemente. Check into the Bonaventura in downtown
LA for three nights.
Disneyland. Knotts Berry Farm. Universal Studios.
Griffith Park. Redondo Beach. Santa Monica Pier.
The Huntington Museum. The Getty museum. Hollywood.
Griffith Park Observatory. Catch a dodger game at
Chavez ravine. See a show at the Hollywood bowl.
Shop Rodeo Drive in Bevery Hills. Take a see the
stars homes tour. Take Mulholland drive to the coast.
Have Dim Sum for lunch in Monterey Park.
Visit the fashion district in downtown LA.
Dinner at Gladstones for Fish (Pacific Palisades, at
the beach end of Sunset Blvd). [back in the 1980s,
they had this huge lobster in a tank with a pseudo
auction - Mary Tyler Moore had bid to save the lobster,
Rush Limbaugh had bid to eat it].
Take a day trip to Palm Springs and ride the aerial tramway.
Take the Mt. Baldy ski lift (summertime) to the trailhead
for Mt. San Antonio (el: 10,000 ft).
Play golf at Wilson in Griffith Park (don't let the
trumpeting of the elephants or lions at the neighboring
LA Zoo bother your backstroke). Watch out for the
Drive the Angeles Crest Highway from La Canada to the
Mount Wilson Observatory (on a clear day, you can see
Catalina Island). Take a boat from Long Beach or San
Pedro to Catalina.
Day 5: Head north to Santa Barbara on Highway 101. Spend the
Day 6: Head north on Highway 1 (PCH - Pacific Coast Highway) to
Avila Beach. Stay at the Avila La Fonda (or, just a bit
south at the Cliffs resort). Enjoy the beaches. Rent a
four-wheeler and explore Pismo Beach.
Day 7: Head north to San Simeon. Take one (or more) of the four
Hearst Mansion tours. Stay overnight in San Simeon or
Day 8-9: Head north on PCH to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Dinner in
downtown Carmel. Stay in Carmel or Monterey. Tour
the 17-mile drive and stop at the Pebble Beach clubhouse.
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (where Star Trek IV was
filmed). Go on a whale watching cruise. Have abalone
at Abolonettis at the Wharf. Visit Cannery Row.
Day 10-12: Head north on PCH to San Francisco. Stop at the Santa
Cruz beach boardwalk along the way. Visit the redwoods at
Big Basin state park (recovering from a fire).
In the City, Ride a cable car.
Visit the twin peaks lookout. Visit Coit Tower. Go to a
Giants baseball game. Have lunch at Fisherman's Wharf.
Have Dinner at McCormick and Kuleto's at Ghiradelli Square
(don't forget the Chocolate for desert). Walk across the
Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Ferry to Alcatraz or
Angel Island. Have lunch in Sausalito or Tiburon via a Ferry. Shop
Union Square. Explore Chinatown. It's a great town to walk,
even with the hills.
One can eat at a different restaurant every day in SF and
-never- eat at the same restaurant. Try Henry's Hunan by
the Moscone convention center. Try the Marines' Memorial
Association club near Union Square if you're a vet. North
beach has excellent Italian restaurants. See a concert at
the Warfield or the Filmore.
Day 13-14: Travel north to Napa and Sonoma counties and taste wine
(BV in Oakville is one of my favorites - check out the
"other" tasting room (not free) where you can buy a flight
of the Georges de Latour private reserve for a nominal fee).
Plenty of places to stay. Stop at the Marin Headlands
(first exit on the north side of the GG bridge) and check
out the views (and some nice trails) on the way to Napa.
Day 15: Head north on PCH to Fort Bragg for an overnight in a BnB.
Day 16: Continue north through Humboldt and Mendocino counties through
the redwoods (there's actually one tree you can drive _through_
on the way north). Visit ferndale, stay overnight in Eureka.
Day 17: Head east on highway 299 along the Trinity river. Stop and
take the tour at the Shasta Dam. Rent a houseboat for a
couple of nights at Shasta or Trinity reservoirs. Side trip
to Mt Shasta.
Day 18: Head west on highway 299 to Alturas. Stay overnight.
Stop at Lassen Volcanic National Park along the way.
Day 19-20: Head south on US highway 395 through the Great Basin
down to highway 70; Cross the Sierra Nevada on highway
70 along the Feather River (beautiful drive). Take 89
south to Truckee and then Tahoe city. Stay overnight
in South Lake tahoe. Visit the casinos. Drive around
the Lake. Take the Ski Lift at Heavenly. Take a side
trip to Virginia City in Nevada.
Day 21-22: Resume southward journey on US395, stop at Bodie State
historic Park (ghost town). Continue to Mono Lake and
overnight in Lee Vining. Take Highway 120 west across
the Tioga Pass through Yosemite. Stops along the way
at Tioga Lake, Tuolome Meadows, Olmstead point, terminating in Yosemite
Valley (stay at the Ahwanee Hotel in the heart of the valley).
Day 23: Explore Yosemite Valley (the waterfalls are best in the spring,
mostly dry in the fall).
Day 24: Head south on 41 to Fresno; then east to Sequioa and
Kings Canyon national parks. Stay in Bakersfield
(where all 50,000 people who actually voted for Kevin
McCarthy live :-). Head north east to Death Valley.
Day 25: Continue east to Las Vegas. Fly home.