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From the Portland Airport, to the Redwood Forest...

I need to quickly firm up planning for our August vacation in Oregon and Northern California; we have about 10 days to spend and I haven't gotten very as far in terms of specifics. Degree of Difficulty: 16yo daughter and non-drinking husband [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jul 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Where should my family rent a house in July (driving distance from LA)?

I've got a wife, two small kids, a dog (although the dog doesn't always come with us), and an insatiable urge to get the hell out of LA in July. Where should we go? We'd like to rent a house in an area that's not too pricey but still nice and clean. Has to be within, say, a 4 hour drive of LA. Near the beach is a plus. Maybe not completely swamped with people is a plus. Are there any hidden gems, or should we just go to Santa Barbara like everyone else?
posted by malhouse on Jun 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Is the ongoing California drought a reason not to visit this summer?

Is the ongoing drought a good reason to postpone a planned summer trip to Northern California to another year? We were thinking of spending a week around SF/Napa/Sonoma in August. Interested in things like parks/hiking, wineries, farmers markets.
posted by Perplexity on Mar 1, 2014 - 11 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

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

Do you know any California vacation rental spots in modest locations?

My large family (it's going to be between 10 and 14 people - not sure yet) wants to gather for a few days at Christmastime. Money is an issue for some of us and so we can't do more than three nights. Understandably, most of the available rentals that would accommodate a group our size are in high demand areas, and they want a longer holiday stay than we can afford (and in many cases more money per night.) The thing is, we can be totally flexible with location. Anywhere in California between, say, Santa Rosa and San Luis Obispo would be fine, as long as it isn't snowy in December (ruling out the Tahoe area.) [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Destination request, western/northwestern US; 20th anniversary edition

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer (yay!) and we're trying to find a place to stay for a week in the western/northwestern US to celebrate this milestone. The catch is that this destination needs to be some place new to us. A few other particular requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

California Cycling Sonoma and/or Yosemite?

Planning a vacation in California in May and was thinking I would like to do some cycling and see a bit of scenery. Sonoma and Yosemite seem attractive options, but where to stay and hire bikes? How many days should I set aside for this? I could be in the San Francisco area for ten days or so. [more inside]
posted by asok on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Where is the real life Rancho Relaxo?

My 40th birthday present to myself is to run away for several days by myself to indulge in restful solitude, nature walks, spa treatments and room service. I live in Oregon and am considering the coast, but could also be talked into Washington/California, or places other than the beach. Price is no object, but would prefer it to be within driving distance of Portland. Requirements and preferences within... [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 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

Attention, San Diego: Show Us Your Dark Underbelly!

I loved the "show me the hidden side of L.A." question. But I'm gonna be visiting its mild-mannered southern cousin, San Diego. Show me the hidden side of THAT! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 10, 2012 - 18 answers

No. Not Half Dome.

Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.) [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

L.A. for 5 days. What not to miss?

I'm going to Los Angeles for 5 days. What should I do there? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Sep 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me plan a 10-day late September northern California getaway for my parents?

Help me plan a 10-day late September northern California getaway for my parents (who are 60 year olds from the South) ??? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on May 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Where to stay in San Diego?

Where should I stay on my trip to San Diego? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on May 4, 2011 - 13 answers

San Diego / Carlsbad California at the end of March

San Diego / Carlsbad California at the end of March with an eight year old? Places to stay? Stuff to do? Weather? Worth the trip? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 31, 2011 - 15 answers

I swear I'm an upstanding citizen.

CA EDD (unemployment) thinks I committed fraud because I somehow didn't tell them about being out of town for the holidays correctly. How bad is this?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Destinations near LA and Tucson...

Help me plan this last minute trip! West coast and the south west... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Oct 13, 2010 - 5 answers

California eye roll

Planning our vacation to California for the end of August and looking for suggestions on what will impress our 16 y.o. son and 13 and 12 y.o. daughters. We'll fly in to LA and out San Francisco, or vice-versa, and rent a vehicle for the week. So far, Alcatraz and Universal are on the list, but I'm not sure what other plans to make. What can you recommend?
posted by maloon on Jun 18, 2010 - 28 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

What to do near Nevada City, CA?

I'm going to be in Nevada City, California for work next week, and I'm planning to add on an extra personal day or two to the trip. What town to stay in for the personal day to best enable fun activities, and what to do? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Jun 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Central CA Adventure

What are some awesome stops along the way from LA to SF for a weekend road trip? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on May 3, 2010 - 18 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

Help make this vacation rock!

My family is going on a trip to San Francisco this spring (March 27-April 3). We're staying at the Grand Hyatt on Stockton Street. Food/Activity recommendations would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jan 31, 2010 - 9 answers

Low Stress Vacation

Where in Northern or Central California is a good place to vacation in late April/Early May with swimming pools, movie stars, hot springs, massage, day hikes and/or B&Bs with vacancies? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Mar 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Fun interesting things to do around Pisma Beach?

Pismo Beach, Central Coast. What to do? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Feb 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Yuma Vacation

Driving from San Diego, CA -> Yuma, AZ in early Febuary to spend a week in Yuma and then returning to San Diego. As our flight comes in early in the morning we're thinking of hitting the San Diego Zoo or Birch Aquarium before heading to Arizona. Suggestions on places to see/go either along the route or within a couple hours drive of Yuma?
posted by Mitheral on Jan 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Winter Long Weekend Getaway Ideas

MLK long weekend trip ideas leaving from San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by cucumberfresh on Dec 30, 2008 - 1 answer

LGA--> SFO

I'm visiting San Francisco for the first time on Friday. What should a New Yorker do in the Bay Area that will be especially exotic, relaxing, and fun? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 1, 2008 - 31 answers

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles?

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by eileen on Sep 26, 2007 - 14 answers

Let's get the hell out of SoCal!

Help us choose a winter vacation journey or destination...of Southern California origins. [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Jan 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Information about La Paz, in Baja California, Mexico?

Can anyone share any first hand experiences in La Paz, Mexico? My wife has a distant relative who owns a bed and breakfast there, and we're having a hard time finding specific information about the town, nearby beaches, etc. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Jun 22, 2006 - 5 answers

Roadtrip from San Francisco CA to Vancouver BC, not along the coast or I-5

I'm looking for route ideas and places to stop for a week-long driving trip from San Francisco CA to Vancouver BC, that stays east of I-5. I want to do some back country hiking and hit some hot springs along the way. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Jun 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Things to do in L.A./Santa Monica?

Things to do in L.A./Santa Monica? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Sep 21, 2005 - 21 answers

What to do on a short SoCal vacation with young kids?

A four day SoCal vacation with two small children (7 and 3).... what can we do that isn't Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Aug 7, 2005 - 12 answers

What to do in LA, Monterey, and San Fran?

My fiancee and I are going to Los Angeles for 5 days, spending a night in Carmel/Monterey, and then spending 3 nights in San Francisco. What should we do and be sure not to miss? We're 24/25 and from outside NYC. Sports, shopping, etc are all up our alley. Thanks.
posted by seinfeld on Jul 6, 2005 - 34 answers

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