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Seven hours to kill in Los Angeles - how to occupy our time? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Jul 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Overnight stay in Redwoods near San Jose

My partner and I are headed to California in August and have 2 days to ourselves. We're both very avid hikers and are interested in seeing redwoods. Help us plan an awesome 2 day hike between San Jose/Sonoma! [more inside]
posted by olya on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Things To Do In Los Angeles When You're Twelve

Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Help Me Hack a Timeshare

My family owns a timeshare (yeah, I know) through Interval International. We haven't booked any travel through the timeshare in at least 8 years. I've been put in charge of figuring out how to use it, and I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on May 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Southern USA travel in March with a 2 year old?

We want to travel somewhere warm in early March for a week, so the Southern US is on our list. Help us determine where to go with an almost-two year old. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Feb 25, 2014 - 9 answers

California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Where to see the stars (the space ones) +/- 2 hours from LA?

Good news: After a long period of being broke as a joke, I fell into a little bit of cash. I'd like to take the lady friend on a trip. She recently mentioned that she'd never seen a real night sky. I'd like to change that. Where, say, plus/minus 2 hours from Los Angeles can two young folk go see a sky full of starts? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Surprise Weekend Trip - West Edition

I want to treat my lovely bf to a weekend getaway somewhere within a few hours flying distance from the PNW. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Where to Stay in Northern CA

My son and I are heading out next week to California so he can visit UC-Berkeley and UC-Santa Cruz. What city is the best to pick a hotel in as a base point? [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Food & Fun in Big Sur

My partner and I will be celebrating our anniversary with a weekend in Big Sur, and while the idea is mostly to just enjoy some time to ourselves, we'd also like some suggestions for stuff to do. We're particularly interested in: nice places to eat, gorgeous places to explore, and--is there swimming? Fun places to stop for food or views on the way down would be great, too, especially south of Monterey (we're familiar with the attractions up to there). We'll be staying at the Ragged Point Inn (AskMe favorite Deetjen's was booked, sadly), which on the southern edge of things, and know we'll probably have to drive a bit to get to... well, anything.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 6, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this sign, located in Venice Beach (I think?)

In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
posted by dubold on May 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I live in San Francisco for the summer?

Does anyone have any information on good deals on apartments in the Mission/Potrero/Soma neighborhoods of San Fran? I need a few months this summer for an internship. [more inside]
posted by drd on Apr 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Impulsive trip to CA. Suggestions?

I'm traveling to California for a week-long solo vacation. Suggestions on unique places to check out? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 25, 2013 - 17 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out?

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out? Also, your favorite places along the way? [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

What should we explore around the SF Bay area on short notice?

A few months ago, I booked an incredible deal on a flight to spend 4 days next week in or around San Francisco. Life got busy, and I still haven't made any actual plans for what we're going to do, or where we're going to stay. We've been to SF a few times before, and want to rent a car and explore the area surrounding the city this time around -- particularly to the North. Any budget-friendly suggestions? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Southern California in Winter - Carfree Travel

Where should I go/stay/see in Southern California from mid-December to mid-January? I will not have a car since I want to promote low-carbon travel. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 31, 2012 - 13 answers

What to Do Down in Monterey

I'll be visiting Monterey, CA for a weekend getaway soon (most likely the end of June), and I'd love some suggestions for what to do. I've been countless times with visiting relatives so have already done all the basic touristy stuff and chain restaurants, but don't know what else the area has to offer. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on May 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to go in California without a car?

Traveling in California for five weeks--but without a car. Where should/can I go and what cities/places should I absolutely not miss? I'll be starting in Northern California and working my way down. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Mythical and mysterious places of the Bay Area (and CA)?

San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Apr 29, 2012 - 28 answers

We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips!

We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips! [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Apr 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Dogs on the I-5

Traveling from Seattle to Southern California with three dogs... looking for places along the road where we can stop and play! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Suggestions for California wine country in March?

I've booked tickets to San Francisco for a 4-day trip in mid-March. I am looking for advice on: (1) what Northern California area would be best to visit for a good mix of interesting activities and romantic/luxurious atmosphere (wine country? coast? city?); (2) good places to stay in $200-500 per night range; and (3) interesting things to do or places to visit. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Feb 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Where (nearish San Francisco) can I sit under a beautiful star-filled sky in a hot tub, or similar atmosphere?

Live in San Francisco and have 12 days to spend at the end of this month (January). I want to sit in a hot tub and stare up at a beautiful sky. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by davezor on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

On the road. Scenic places to go along Cali coastline on a roadtrip?

I'm in the middle of a road trip and going to be in California (for the first time ever!) this week. Looking for some recommendations for places to hit along the coast, specifically beaches along the southern end, and scenic places to stop and eat/drink further north. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Need advice for trip to Palm Springs and maybe Los Angeles.

Need advice for trip to Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Kingdom of Fungi

Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Aug 13, 2011 - 16 answers

From the Hills to the Trees

Looking for fun things to do/stop overs between San Francisco and Humboldt County CA. Party includes a 6 yo. (mid next week if that matters). [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me make the most of my Northern California trip.

What to do on my Northern California road trip? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Jun 29, 2011 - 18 answers

California Gurls.

San Francisco to San Francisco in 7 days. [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Hi California!

What should I see in San Diego, Sacramento, and driving in between? Within the next month, work is sending me (from the East Coast) to San Diego and I will then likely drive up to Sacramento. [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters on Mar 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Gimme dem points

Starting a new traveling sales job. At what hotel chain should I throw all my business to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Californvacation

I'm planning a weekend in California, and I need advice. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Jan 18, 2011 - 24 answers

Up to Big Sur...

Where to stop, hike, and camp on the way from LA to Big Sur? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 3, 2010 - 12 answers

I've seen the Bridge.

Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 17, 2010 - 16 answers

SF for 3 months - doable?

San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Spice Up a Boring Drive

So I am soon going to be driving from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. The drive is long, and will most likely be boring, So I have come here to metafilter to ask if there are any natural features, roadside attractions, interesting things I can stop and see along my route.
posted by bthrbt on Jul 13, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I affordably get from LAX to Santa Barbara?

How do I get from LAX to Santa Barbara on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jun 25, 2010 - 11 answers

♫ You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast...

Help me enjoy 5 weeks of California endulgence after living in the Middle East! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jun 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Taking the Family to Tijuana -- Nuts or Not?

Visiting Mexico from San Diego -- safe or not for a family? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on May 29, 2010 - 13 answers

If they want to drink Merlot, we're drinking Merlot...

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Santa Barbara, CA in June for our 2 year anniversary (whoo hoo!). We's love some suggestions on where we should stay and what should we do... Help? [more inside]
posted by veronicacorningstone on May 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Places to check out in Venice / Santa Monica

Walking in Venice/Santa Monica... so I'm in CA for another week. I'm a big walker... where should I walk? What are the great shops for music, books, film, sights, eats, drinks? Any great concerts, readings, plays I shouldn't miss? Or if there's something a single bus ride will get me to that you can recommend, please do so with specific boarding instructions. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Light Rail in the City of Angels

Thanks to riding Chicago's L system so often I can sense my stop in my (literal) sleep, I think I'm finally ready to tackle Los Angeles' underutilized & unappreciated Metro & Metrolink system for some day trips between Ventura County and LA proper. What are some can't miss attractions that are A) easily accessable by rail in a city of cars and B) fairly safe for a tiny semi-lost solo female and C) totally awesome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 answers

SoCal Holiday Road Trip Tips?

I'll be embarking on a two week road trip from just before Christmas until just after the new year. My plan is to drive south out of the SF Bay Area and spend most of my time in southern California, possibly with forays into Az, Nevada, and Mexico. My interests are nature, archaeology, and history, and I'm an avid photographer. Tell me about the places I shouldn't miss. [more inside]
posted by Capostrophe on Dec 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds in our late thirties/early forties? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Aug 26, 2009 - 20 answers

Going to California

I'm going to Los Angeles later this week. I've never been there, what should I do/see/eat? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by pwicks on Aug 18, 2009 - 31 answers

Wineries For Dummies

Seeking info on touring California wineries [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Jun 3, 2009 - 22 answers

Visiting Los Angeles for the First Time

Visiting Los Angeles for the first time What do I need to see and do? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on May 18, 2009 - 52 answers

What makes California unique?

How can I best prepare myself for a move out of the state? [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 13, 2009 - 20 answers

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