Third stop on our road trip to Disneyland down the I5 – San Francisco
Driving time from Red Bluff, California – Approximately 3 1/2 hours
Which brings us to a few quick road trip packing tips:
- Always pack pants and a sweater. Even if you’re traveling to a sunny, hot climate where you’ll be mainly in shorts, you just never know when you’ll need a pair of pants and a sweater. It’s more fun when you’re prepared and not a human ice cube standing with other ice cubes while you strain to see Alcatraz.
- In San Francisco, wind proof jackets are your friend.
- If you’re wheeling a stroller on Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure you pack a blanket for your baby.
I wrote about The Walt Disney Family Museum for The Vancouver Province so you can read that if you’re interested, but let me just say that it was incredibly touching.
I grew up watching Walt Disney every Sunday night, and I remember when sad I was when I found out that he had died long before I was born. Looking back now, I really must have needed a positive male role model in my life, because Walt Disney and the magic he spun really affected me. I was lucky enough to go to Disneyland as a small child, and after the trip I spent years talking about it for anyone who would listen.
He was my hero back then, and he’s my hero now. Walking into The Walt Disney Family Museum and seeing his home movies, his awards and trophies, and even a pair of skis he’d wear was one of the best things I’ve ever done. You know a museum is done right when you walk out inspired, sad, and filled with blissful happiness all at once. If you’re a Disney fan, this is a must-stop.
Next stop, Fisherman’s Wharf. In short, it’s very cool, you can see Alcatraz from there, and did I mention it was COLD? Full of eclectic shops and restaurants, it’s a fun way to spend a few hours. Be sure to stop at Boudin’s for bread bowls. They’re famous for their sour dough and it was amazing.
My husband also made time to take a cruise on his road bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, and I captured it for Youtube.
After a stay in Mountainview, which is about an hour outside of San Francisco (near Google and NASA!) we were on the road again.