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Posted on Wed, Feb 07, 2007 23:50

I am going to be flying to California for a cruise in about 2 months and figured I'd spend a week and see some of the state while there. Anyone have any must see suggestions while I am there? I figure I may go to San Francisco, Santa Monica and perhaps San Diego. Great places to go or see out of the ordinary? I enjoy learning about local peoples and their culture. Thanks!


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Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 17:01

Take the time and drive up the coast from L.A. to San Francisco. It is stunningly beautiful and worth the time. Hearst's Castle is neat and Monterey is fabulous.

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Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2007 21:57

Yuet Lee, chinese restaurant on the corner of sutter and colubus with a lime green awning. go after 9 at night and order the slat and pepper calimari or anythink else on the menu. Mussels or clams in black beab sauce are very special too. The owner. chef is timmy and a complete sweetheart. if you go tell him a hello from jules in atlanta. he may even treat you extra special. Muirwoods in Marin county is a quick trip that will give you a nice tast of the redwoods. Carmel (cute shops) or Big Sur (great walks) or San Simeon (sp?) are all lovely places along hwy 1. Hearst castle is in san simeon and well worth a trip. In San Framcisco go to the farmer market - get some cheeses from the cowgirl creamery and other supplies for picnicing. enjoy the bread it is really yummy - acme, la brae, are 2 of my favorite bakeries. If i were you I might choose to explore no cal or so cal but not both just to get into it a bit deeper. The new museum in golden gate park is supposed to be lovely. enjoy - i so miss it but it is way easier cost of living here in Atlanta and my work non profit is needed more here and then there is family....


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Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2007 19:42

All of California is great. You really can't pin point which is best. If you like lights and stars, Theirs always Hollywood, California. If you like to be a kid in heart. Theirs always the parks disneyland, knotts berry farm etc. And for excitement, theirs always Palmdale, California. ( Hint Hint ) Thats where you will find me. lol giovanni

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Posted on Tue, Feb 13, 2007 19:50

Thanks to all of you for all the wonderful suggestions, especially Seekingfriends! I am excited about my trip to both CA and Mexico and I can't wait! I know I am going to have a wonderful time and have everlasting memories from both!


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Posted on Fri, Feb 09, 2007 13:21

well, Frisco has the usual touristy things....Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, and could think of more iffn I wasn't having a senior moment right now but in any case....have a grand trip


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 22:29

San Diego...I like their transit system. If you visit LA, you can take the Coaster (a train) from Irvine to San Diego, I believe. Gaslamp District is pretty fun in San Diego. Ok, I'm sure this is way more than you were asking for. LOL


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 22:26

8. Rodeo Drive (it's one teeny tiny corner)...but it's fun to say you've gone. But, moreover...I love the art galleries there. It's just fun to walk in them and admire. 9. Catalina Island - take a ferry from Long Beach or San Pedro. Takes about 45 mins from Long Beach and costs about $40 if I remember correctly. Avalon is the city that you arrive at, and it's best to rent a golf cart and drive around the island. Some spectacular views of the ocean at the top of the mountain if you drive around. (I always buy Horchata from these kids that sell it frequently...they have a lemonade stand with other drinks. How cool/adorable is that?) 10. This is one of my absolute fav things to do. I like going to the different sects of downtown LA...like Fashion District, Jewelery District, Chinatown (it' super small), etc. 11. I like driving down to Tijuana (TJ) and Rosarito. A fishing trip is lots of fun.


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 22:18

6. Castaways Restaurant - it is at the very top of a mountain that overlooks downtown Burbank/Glendale area. It's off the 5 Freeway (exit Olive Street...follow it up and follow the street signs.) A little hard to find the first time, but once you have it, it's great. The food is mediocre and the coffee/dessert always takes forever. But, that's not why you go there. You go there for a perfect view of city. And it really is beautiful. Go there on a clear night. Sit at a firepit and just relax and enjoy. 7. Pink's - authentic LA hotdog stand that dates back to ? ( for a long time...lol) It's a must. *grin* I love it cuz it's this small hotdog stand that is famous and is at the very edge of the hollywood tourist attractions like the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It's off of La Brea and Melrose. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/losangeles/D40933.html


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 22:10

2. Visit Santa Monica - 3rd Street Promenade. It's fun. Go for shopping. Then go to the pier just for fun. 3. Venice (the beach is fun, but if I like actually seeing the canals of Venice much better). Fun to see the architecture. Interesting houses right off these few canals that still remain. And yes, that's why it's called Venice...cuz they wanted to build canals much like Venice, Italy. Perfect for an afternoon stroll. 4. This is totally touristy, but I love it. Go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel...and go to the restaurant at the very top...rotating restaurant. (I think it's called LA Prime or something.) Yes, the restaurant rotates 360 deg and is perfect at night to see the tall bldgs of LA at night. (There's not too many tall blds in LA...and after having grown up in NY...I laughed the 1st time I saw downtown LA. I said...that's it? lol! 5. Getty Museum - they have a good collection of art...and the view is spectacular...not to mention the architecture of the campus and the garden. And yes, the architect and the landscape designer (who was an artist) is well known for their rivalry. ;) It's a good way to spend the day. I enjoy their contemporary collection very much.


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 22:02

Hey Wanda! Yay! *smiling* So happy to hear that you're gonna come visit the west coast. Some of my very fav places around LA and Orange County: 1. Laguna Beach (it's my fav place) Downtown laguna is fun but a bit kitsch and touristy. If you decide you want to do that, cool. If you do, go visit Las Brisas Restaurant. It's well known, the food is good (but a bit pricey), with great views of the ocean...as it is right off the ocean. If you decide you want to go past the touristy, there's a place that I love. I go there to let my thoughts soak in the sunsets. There is a place called the Montage Resort. You go down the PCH past all the hubub of dowtown Laguna (with all it's art galleries etc)...about 4-5 miles past. Turn R on Wesley. You feel like you're driving right into the ocean. (You're not. lol. You're going down into a sub terr parking. It's $1.25/hr. Park and walk the park. It's a small park called Treasure Island. Very hidden and just now getting to be known. But for years, very few people knew about it. It's very very well maintained by the Montage Resort. It's perfect for sunsets.


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Posted on Thu, Feb 08, 2007 18:14

I love going to California. I have a brother and Aunt in San Diego so I try to go often. San Diego has tons of things to do. The first time I went online and just made a list and tried to hit them all. Now I try to find not so popular places and spend time there. Mexico is a nice side trip if you go far enough in. The border cities are interesting but to me doesn't truly represent the beauty of Mexico. Los Angeles is a must see. The first time there I took the cheesy bus tour of the city and loved it! It gives you a great overview of the city and you can go back to the places that looked interesting after the tour. My next trip to San Diego will hopefully include a trip to San Francisco, I have always wanted to go there. Have fun!


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