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San Francisco Foodie Road Trip

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Professional Aussie foodies Hayden Quinn and Dan Churchill love food, travel and getting outdoors. So when the two chefs went on a Northern Califoria road trip together, there was lots of great feasting and adventuring on the menu! After flying into San Francisco with Qantas and checking out the city’s culinary scene, they drove two hours south to Santa Cruz and two hours north to America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, Sacramento.

Check out their road trip itinerary below, or follow our map directions, and see what they got up to in our delicious new video series!


DAY 1: SAN FRANCISCO

Morning: Grab bikes from Blazing Saddles and ride over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.

Lunch: Bistro Boudin at Fisherman‘s Wharf to try its iconic Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl.

Afternoon: Visit nearby Pier 39 to see the sea lions. Then go for a wander around Chinatown – don’t miss the awesome Bruce Lee street art mural

Dinner: China Live in Chinatown serves up some of the best dumplings and modern Chinese food in town. Top tip: grab a pre-dinner cocktail at its secret hidden bar.

Stay at: Hotel Spero near Union Square 

DAY 2: SAN FRANCISCO

Morning: Fuel up for the day with Fried Chicken with Cornmeal Waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen in the Ferry Building. Indulgent yes, but totally worth the calories!

Lunch: Head to the Mission District’s Taqueria La Cumbre, where the classicMission-style burrito was born.

Afternoon: Explore the Mission District’s amazing street art and murals.

Dinner: Head toTony’s Pizza Napolitana in North Beach. Tony is the first world champion pizza maker outside of Naples. Dan and Hayden tried the Margarita, the New Yorker, and the Cal-Italia.

Stay at: Hotel Spero

DAY 3: SAN FRANCISCO -> BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK -> SANTA CRUZ (179km)

Morning: Head off early and drive 1.5 hours to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Stop for a hike through the majestic giant trees before driving the remaining 40 minutes to Santa Cruz.

Lunch: Grab a late lunch at Charlie Hong Kong in Santa Cruz, which has lots of options for vegans.

Afternoon: Ride the Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world.

Dinner:  Eat by the beach at Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge, named after the surfing legend.

Stay at: Dream Inn Santa Cruz, the only hotel in town located right on the beach.  

DAY 4: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Morning: Head to Cowell Beach Surf Shop, rent some boards and get a surf lesson at Cowell Beach with local surf instructor Richard Schmidt

Lunch: Try the tastiest tacos in town at Snap Taco

Afternoon: Go zip-lining with Mount Hermon Adventures, flying between 2,500 year old trees! Then make an ice cream stop at The Penny Ice Creamery at Pleasure Point and watch the surfers.

Dinner: Go for craft beer tasting and yummy food at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.

Stay at: Dream Inn Santa Cruz

DAY 5: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -> SACRAMENTO (240KM)

Morning: Head out on a guided mountain bike adventure in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park with local experts The Ride Guides

Lunch: Lupulo Craft Beer House for Spanish-Mexican fare and a range of local and global craft beers.

Afternoon: Drive 3 hours to Sacramento, the USA’s Farm-to-Fork capital and home to the Farm-to-Fork Festival every September.

Dinner: Head to Mulvaney’s B&L for seasonal New American cuisines in a converted historic firehouse.

Stay at: Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown.

Day 6: SACRAMENTO -> SAN FRANCISCO (141KM)

Morning: Sacramento is known for its year-round food markets. If you can, try to time your visit on a Sunday to catch the famous Sacramento Sunday Farmer’s Market. Then head off for some sight-seeing and check out the big white Capitol Building.

Lunch: No road trip would be complete without a visit to California classic, In-N-Out Burger! The closest branch to downtown is in West Sacramento (780 Ikea Court).

Afternoon: Head over Tower Bridge and explore Old Town Sacramento for shopping and some vintage Western cowboy vibes.

Drive 2 hours back to San Francisco.


 

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