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Old 08-28-2018, 04:59 PM
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Default San Francisco & Yosemite recomondations?

My wife and I are planning to fly from South Western Ontario Canada to California in the next week or so. Several stops are planned incl. Rapid City SD, Page Arizona and Las Vegas.

Our goal is to arrive in the San Francisco area on or about Sept. 7th. and spend 4-5 days visiting both San Fransisco and Yosemite Natl Park. I am looking at parking the RV-10 at Modesto (KMOD) get a hotel and use it as a base, rent a car and go from there.

Being totally unfamiliar with the area any help and suggestions any of you might have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Ivan
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:49 PM
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For Yosemite, land at Mariposa (kmpi). They have rental cars on the field with very reasonable rates. only a 30 mile drive or so from there.

For downtown San Francisco, consider landing at Oakland. Signature actually isn't too expensive if you buy some fuel. If you want a slower paced field, you could head to livermore which is still much closer.

Modesto will always work, but its not much of a destination and quite a drive to both places you want to see.

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Old 08-28-2018, 10:24 PM
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Agree Mariposa for Yosemite and Concord for SF Bay. Concord has a BART station (subway train) which services the whole bay area. A rental car in SF is not as fun as using the public and private transport services such as bus, train, boat, cable cars, uber, etc.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:35 PM
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Agree with others. SF is a good city to use public transportation. Driving and parking can be unpleasant.
San Francisco. Land at CCR or LVK. CCR (Concord) has a Hilton on the field; BART station is about a 2 mile walk, or short cab or Uber ride. LVK (Livermore) has several hotels within walking distance of the airport. BART station (Pleasanton) is a 6 mile taxi or Uber ride.
Yosemite. Agree with others, Mariposa is a good bet. Rental cars, or there’s a two or three times a day bus. There is some lodging available in the park, more likely to find a vacancy after Labor Day. Mariposa has a few motels.
Suggestion: if the wx is good, fly a tour around the Bay. Stop at HAF for lunch (walking distance to the boat pier).
Caution: a few weeks ago northern CA forest fires’ smoke forced the closing of Yosemite for a week or so. May want to check status prior to departure.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:15 AM
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San Carlos has a hotel on the field and others close by. Nice rental cars available from the pilot shop (and can arrange shuttles/tours as well, give Hans a call). CalTrain station is close by.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:05 AM
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Tend to agree with the others.

Mariposa is the place for Yosemite access. (I'm on the hangar waiting list there)

Concord or Napa for the SF trip (if you're doing wine)
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:06 AM
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Check the current situation in Yosemite re fires and access.

Also, I would suggest on initial drive in to Yosemite, take the loop up to Glacier Point - yes, I know it is a few miles but if clear, the views are the best you will ever get of the valley.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:08 AM
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Another suggestion - if you do the bridge, do it weekday on foot. You get the city side view and you will always get on the ferry back from Sausalito. If you bike across, you may get the sea side (aka fog) and you may wait ages in line for the ferry. Alternatively, get an E bike and go out to Sausalito on the ferry and use all your ergs for the climb up the hill

Oh and be careful wearing your VAF cap on the cable car - nearly lost mine - see view thread !
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:16 AM
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Default Bay area/Yosemite visit

Wow! Thanks guys for all the great suggestions. Looks like Mariposa is going to be the place to land for Yosemite. I will be sure to check on the fire situation.

I am looking at the various options for the Bay area, it seems obvious that a rental car is a bad idea so an airport with good access to public transportation and hotels will be the way to go.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:25 AM
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Default Bay area VFR???

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Originally Posted by BobTurner View Post
Suggestion: if the wx is good, fly a tour around the Bay. Stop at HAF for lunch (walking distance to the boat pier).
I would love to fly a VFR tour around that area but it would scare me to death to do so in fear of violating that complicated airspace.

If someone familiar with this airspace would meet up and fly with me to keep me out of trouble that would be great. (lunch on me)
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