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Would you rather go north to San Francisco? The train (about $52 one way, depending on your route) will also get you there. The advantage here is an excursion through the beautiful Napa Valley. (By car, you can stop and some of the wineries and sample the fare.) If you do take the train, you'll need to rent a car to at least cross the Golden Gate Bridge -- a phenomenal site!
There's probably more to do in the San Francisco than any other part of California, and I'll just briefly mention a few of the must-sees: Fisherman's Wharf; the crazy-curvey Lombard Street (and you can take a street car while you're in the area); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Zoo; Aquarium of the Bay; the Flower Power Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour; Transamerica Pyramid; Steinhart Aquarium; and Candlestick Park. If you have time, take in a Giants game or a side trip to Alcatraz Island.
A final suggestion: Whatever direction you're heading, go online and start looking before you finalize your plans. It's the best way to get deals -- and that's something everyone can use these days.