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Old 05-14-2005, 07:20 PM   #16
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OMG. I finally screwed up the courage to go there whilst waiting for Bruce. I managed to only buy one cd, but I'm scared to go back without lottery winnings.
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When in LA, I recommend that you go and visit the Getty Museum.
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When in LA, I recommend that you go and visit the Getty Museum.
Yes I totally agree! I was there last year and the view alone is worth the drive It's absolutely beautiful there. I wish I could have spent more time there but we only had a few hours....then we had to drive back on the lovely CA parking lot/freeway system

Just be prepared to sit in a lot of traffic in LA. I've never seen anything like it any other place I've ever been to.
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OMG. I finally screwed up the courage to go there whilst waiting for Bruce. I managed to only buy one cd, but I'm scared to go back without lottery winnings.

haha, yeah, it's like being a kid in a candy shop
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Just be prepared to sit in a lot of traffic in LA. I've never seen anything like it any other place I've ever been to.
This, unfortunately, is backed up by research.

We do tend to rearrange our lives by how the traffic will be at certain times.
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This, unfortunately, is backed up by research.

We do tend to rearrange our lives by how the traffic will be at certain times.

I live in the Twin Cities and it's no small place. We have our fair share of traffic but it's nothing like LA. When my LA cousin's come here they laugh at our rush hour traffic
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I (along with a couple of friends) will be in LA this upcoming Friday-Monday, then we're off to the Grand Canyon, Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, SF, back to LA.

Any recommendations for things to do in LA itself? We're not really celebrity fangirls, don't care where they live and don't really want to do the various lot tours or Universal Studios or Disneyland. We're staying in Venice Beach so we can be outside a bit, but apart from taking a picture of the gigantic white letters on the hill, what do we do? We wouldn't mind day trips to the surrounding area (how realistic is San Diego in just one day?).

Also, any recommendations of nice places to stay on the drive down from SF to LA? We want to spend 3 days driving down so we can explore in leisure.

Much thanks!
I forgot to add in my traffic posts that you should drive to Joshua Tree National Park. It's too beautiful for words! I'd move to Southern CA just to be able to go there whenever I want to. I was there twice in the last six months and it's just incredible there. You won't be sorry you went and it's better than going to LA! I love So Cal but I don't have too much good to say about LA. It's just not me at all but I could easily live anywhere outside of LA. It's so beautiful everywhere you go there.
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spend as much time as possible at the grand canyon. its just too awesome to believe. on the way there, also check the nice little towns in arizona.. there is one with all the cars in 50s style.. barbra streisand is living on the way, find out where (i forgot) and say hi if you care.. drive by the town where the UNA bomber grew up, its kinda weird... check some indians shops on the way, if you can. if you have any more time to drive around, go see the bryce canyon.
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Los Angeles only rewards those who take the time to meet it halfway and truly explore it. There is SO much to do here.

I would recommend checking out Griffith Park, which is a really beautiful place and a little slice of Zen in the middle of all the traffic. You can enter it off Los Feliz Blvd, which runs parallel to Hollywood Blvd. There's a carousel, pony rides, some nice picnic areas and trails, and if you can find it off the beaten path, the old cages remaining from the defunct Zoo--really cool shit!

Also, downtown Los Angeles is something that is largely ignored, even by most of the residents. While it hasn't been much of a hotspot since the 30's or 40's, it's on the rise again and there's some great stuff down there like the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art--free on Thursdays!), which has MUCH better work than the Getty, and Broadway, where you can see all the old movie palaces (most of which sadly are now flea market-looking storefronts). If you make it to Broadway you DO NOT want to miss Clifton's Cafeteria, which has a forest lodge theme and is one of the more bizarre places in L.A. Every visiting friend I've taken there loves it. They have a website if you want to know more about it (www.cliftonscafeteria.com). There's a really cool hotel called The Biltmore which has a famous bar, and the Standard Hotel has many scenesters and is supposedly a lot of fun. They have a pool on the roof that people hang out around. Personally I'd recommend the Golden Gopher, a fairly new bar on 8th St. that has a really good mix of a crowd.

Something else near downtown of historical and cultural interest is Olvera St, the spot of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles settled by Mexicans back in the 1800's. There's a lot of tourist/souvenir stuff there but it's definitely worth checking out. Due East of that is Filipe's French Dip, a little diner-type place that just celebrated its 80th anniversary. I'm pretty sure it's on Alameda.

If you're still in Los Angeles on Monday night you should check out Spaceland, which is one of the best rock clubs around. It's primarily indie rock; they have a really cool crowd, there's no cover charge on Mondays, and they have cheap beer specials. It's in the Silver Lake neighborhood (on the East Side--as opposed to the trendy, tourist, Hollywood phony West Side), and they're on the web as well (www.clubspaceland.com). Every month there's a house band that headlines each Monday, and they usually are an act worth checking out.

hope you have a great time here, feel free to email me if you need any more info: lazarus2005@gmail.com.


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Hotel BAW is along the way from SF to SD and Grand Canyon...outta check it out too....have a blast......!
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I'd also recommend Catalina for a day trip from LA. You get there on a boat, and you can ride bikes and hike all over the place.
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Ya'all are messing with me.

How bad is the traffic on the weekends?

Leavin' from the LBC... it's not so bad at all. I've made the trip on a weekday around 3:00 PM, too.


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Yep. It's lovely. Monterey is worth a stop; the aquarium is expensive but worth it.
When people ask where is my favorite place to go in the world, Monterey is close in second to Cornwall, England.

Monterey is absolutely stunning. There is just something about that place that calls me. Carmel is nice, too.

Kyle and I were driving the 17 mile drive and an older man was stopped on the side of the road, looking a bit lost. Apparently, his car broke down and he had no way of getting ahold of his wife. He gave Kyle a quarter to go call her from a pay phone (we didn't have a cell phone in 1997) and he gave Kyle the number. I stayed with the man so he'd be OK (he looked rather shaken) and Kyle drove on over to the country club to make the phone call. All worked out and his wife showed up to help him.

So, yeah. it was a nice experience in Monterey and Carmel.


I'm sorry, anitram... i thought you were staying in Venice Beach then leaving to San Diego... are you driving from S.F. and then stopping in Venice, or are you driving from S.F. to San Diego? That would be a drive.

If you are, you can easily make the trip to San Diego and back for the day. it's a nice drive.
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I'm sorry, anitram... i thought you were staying in Venice Beach then leaving to San Diego... are you driving from S.F. and then stopping in Venice, or are you driving from S.F. to San Diego? That would be a drive.

If you are, you can easily make the trip to San Diego and back for the day. it's a nice drive.
I'm staying in LA for the weekend, then I'm off to the Grand Canyon, then Vegas, then Death Valley, around Yosemite up to Tahoe, then to SF, then back down to LA.

So the only way I could fit a trip to San Diego would be on Saturday or Sunday (next weekend), but as I already have a hotel in LA, it would have to be just a day trip.
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i don't think it is worth the drive for a day trip


there is bad traffic on weekends on the 5 fwy

the ghetty museum is close and a great idea
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