Should I go for SF Pride's Parade, or Palm Springs?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 11, 2013 8:06 PM Last Post By: willysnoutredux
Apr 8, 2013 8:54 AM
Should I go for SF Pride's Parade, or Palm Springs?Hey guys!
I will be in San Francisco in the summer to attend SF Pride (it would be my first time) and despite knowing that it's a 2-day event, I decided to plan my departure on the Sunday (June 30th), do a 1-night Route 1 trip, before spending 2 nights in Palm Springs. In short, my original plan was:
June 29th (Sat): SF Pride
June 30th (Sun): Depart for the Pacific Coast Highway
July 1st (Mon): Arrive in Palm Springs
July 2nd (Tue): Palm Springs
July 3rd (Wed): Los Angeles
However, I just found out that the actual parade was going to be on Sunday, the day I'm departing for PCH. This throws my plan off a little bit, so I'm now forced to choose either
1) to extend my stay in SF by 1 night to catch the SF Pride parade and completely cancel my Palm Springs trip (thus extending my PCH trip by 1 night), OR
2) to stick with my original plan, and forgo watching the SF Pride parade.
What do you guys think? I'm also not from the US, so it might be a while before I could get the chance to visit either location again.
Thanks in advance!
Apr 8, 2013 9:47 AM
1Cancel Palm Springs. Palm Springs in July is HOT. Too hot. It is also the slow season and will be extra vacant with SF Pride going on. You will want to be in SF on Sunday. The parade is fun, but the festival in Civic Center is the main attraction. Also, you will want to be up late on Saturday night in the Castro for Pink Saturday.
Also, driving from SF to Palm Springs along the PCH in one day is barely doable, much less enjoyable.
Stay in SF on Sunday and then do the shorter drive down the coast to LA on Monday.
Apr 8, 2013 10:00 AM
2A month ago, I drove from Seattle to Palm Springs and back, mostly by way of I-5 through the San Jaoquin Valley. Even from S.F., you're talking 500 miles. And some of the more boring miles you'll drive, because if you actually intend to get to Palm Springs on the schedule you established you will not take the California Hwy. 1 but will take I-80 over to I-5, and then to the northern reaches of L.A., and I-10 over to Palm Springs.
Your original plan was a big mistake. It involved way too much driving for what amounted to what looks like a day and a half in Palm Springs. And #1 is correct about the heat. It'll be 105 to 110 degrees in the shade, and there won't be any shade. Bottom line: You'd be insane to go to Palm Springs. Change your plans.
Apr 8, 2013 10:01 AM
Apr 8, 2013 10:09 AM
4Ah, yes, spending the night between S.F. and Palm Springs. We did it on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Hanford, California, which bills itself as the most charming town in the San Joaquin Valley. And you know what? It probably is, which is the really scary part. It was 9 p.m., and the only place to eat was a hole in the wall Mexican joint without a surprisingly good, or even minimally adequate, cook. This travel plan is just nuts. OP, parade or otherwise, do yourself a favor and drive straight to Los Angeles. You have seriously underestimated the size of California.
Apr 8, 2013 10:26 AM
5What I'm not clear on is why you chose Palm Springs for a summer visit, even if you were to leave SF as scheduled. I'd rather spend more time along the coast, or in L.A. And if the Pride parade is important to you, it seems like an easy choice. But maybe too easy for us. We don't know the relative importance to you of Palm Springs.
Apr 8, 2013 12:32 PM
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Apr 9, 2013 2:06 AM
Apr 9, 2013 11:57 AM
9July 3-July 7 roughly is a holiday weekend since many people get July 4th and 5th off. It shouldn't be too congested before the 3rd. Driving on the 3rd and 4th would be pretty bad during the day anywhere.
Skip Palm Springs altogether as mentioned. Instead drive down the coast. Stop in San Luis Obispo overnight. There is a ton to see. 2 days barely gives you any time, but it's doable. It's a 11-12 hour drive without much stopping if you stick to the pretty coastal drive.
Apr 10, 2013 10:54 AM
10Ah I see!
Which two places would you guys recommend me to stay along Route 1 from SF to LA? I was considering Monterey and San Luis Obispo, but Monterey's only a short 3-hour drive away from SF. I was thinking of staying in Big Sur, but it looks like accommodation there is sparse and expensive as well.
Apr 10, 2013 11:13 AM
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