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Old 05-14-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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California people, help?

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!
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with our traffic it would be too much for one day
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Re: California people, help?

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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!
San Diego is very realistic within a day. It only takes about an hour and a half to get there and it's a beautiful drive. Just be sure to wear sunblock if you're driving around in a convertible.

If you want to at least do the Hollywood thing, you can at least drive down Hollywood Blvd./Sunset Blvd. No need to really get out or anything. It's kinda eh... but it's worth the drive up and down at least once.

There's lot of things to do around Venice Beach, too. The pier area has some nice little restaurants (the Whaler is there - interesting crowd for Karaoke), a nice coffee shop, and other little things... that coffee place serves really yummy coffee drinks - but don't remember the name of the place.

You could also drive on over to Santa Monica Blvd. to check out some of the mod-type stores there.

As far as LA is concerned, I really don't go to that part of town. I'm more from the the south-western part and can tell you of some really neat places along the coast (Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington, Laguna, and Newport to name a few).

You don't have to go to Disneyland or Universal Studios. I'd say head to the beach for the day - it won't be crowded if you go on the weekday - and we've been having some really great spring weather the past couple of days.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

If you do go to San Diego, Old Town San Diego is neat to go walk around and see.

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If you drive down I5 from SF to LA, you will have trouble staying awake. Hopefully you're taking the 101. There are nice little towns all the way down the 101. San Luis Obispo is a nice little town; Cambria is lovely, but expensive. Santa Barbara is great, but expensive as well. I like San Miguel and San Juan Bautista, but I like dusty old mission towns.
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San Diego is very realistic within a day. It only takes about an hour and a half to get there and it's a beautiful drive.
Ya'all are messing with me.

How bad is the traffic on the weekends?
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I like San Miguel and San Juan Bautista, but I like dusty old mission towns.
Actually, that sounds perfect to me. Thank you!

We're taking the scenic route. 101 is it?
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Also, depending on the way you get to and from Yosemite, you can stop by Bodie, the ghost town from the JT pictures.
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We're taking the scenic route. 101 is it?
Yep. It's lovely. Monterey is worth a stop; the aquarium is expensive but worth it.
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How is Carmel? A few people told me they liked it.
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How bad is the traffic on the weekends?
Not too bad, but if there's an accident on the 405 or the 5, you're screwed.
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How is Carmel? A few people told me they liked it.
Beautiful; the mission there is fabulous!

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Thanks, martha.

Have you driven from LA to the Grand Canyon? We've got a hotel reservation in Williams, AZ, and I'm wondering if the drive is nice as well. Then we're off to Vegas for 3 days at the Mirage.
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I've made that drive many times.

It's really pretty. Williams is an hour from the Canyon, and I like the town too. Go to the Turquoise Teepee on the main drag and get some Indian jewelry. They have decent prices and a good selection. It's an old-school Indian jewelry shop. Some of the Indian jewelry shops in Williams are pricey and lame.
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I've been to LA tons to visit family. I've spent many many many hours sitting on the 405 at all hours of the day and night. I'd kill myself if we had freeways like that in the Twin Cities Avoid that thing at all costs! It's a nightmare
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I say check out the Hollywood/Sunset area. Watch some music somewhere, or hit the Laugh Factory or something. Drop by Amoeba Music and pick up something U2 .
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