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February 17

Visiting Santa Monica March 1-3

I've always wanted to visit Santa Monica. I imagine good music and kids skateboarding into a palm-tree-specked sunset. I imagine drinking beers and listening to live music on open patios near the ocean. That's how it is right? What should I do to experience Santa Monica for a day without shattering my romantic notions of it?
posted by jander03 around Santa Monica, CA at 4:23 AM - 14 answers

February 10

Activities for Toddler - Palo Alto Edition

Traveling to Palo Alto with 2.5 year olds twins this Spring and will be on my own with them for several days. I will have a car. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by anya32 around Palo Alto, CA at 11:16 AM - 12 answers

Traveling to Palm Springs with a toddler

Spring break is coming up in March and I'm craving a vacation where I can sit by a pool and relax. Sadly, I'm going to be 6 months pregnant at that point and most places I'd like to visit are off-limits due to Zika. A friend of mine suggested that I look at Palm Springs and it looks like it could be an option - but I'm a bit overwhelmed and need recommendations and advice for where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi around Palm Springs, CA at 8:48 AM - 9 answers

February 7

LAX to Duarte, CA -- How?

Los Angeles mefites: I am flying into LAX from SEA and need to semi-expeditiously get to Duarte, CA. How would you do so? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton around Los Angeles, CA at 9:14 AM - 22 answers

February 4

Work near the beach in San Diego

Where can I get some work done near the beach in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE around San Diego, CA at 12:39 PM - 5 answers has best

January 27

Trying to find a tire traction device for a Crosstrek

I'm planning a journey in California, in an area where chain controls might be in place due to snow. So I need to purchase some kind of traction device, but I have never purchased (or needed) tire chains before, and I'm having trouble understanding what to look for. [more inside]
posted by gin and biscuits around California at 6:56 PM - 12 answers has best

January 26

San Francisco Recommendations: comics, fashion, food, and more

My Girlfriend is visiting San Francisco next week and has some questions that could do with some local knowledge about social enterprises, ethical fashion, comics and eating. [more inside]
posted by MT around San Francisco, CA at 11:43 PM - 12 answers

January 21

Is anyone around South Lake Tahoe right now who can tell me the weather?

My family is supposed to drive up to Heavenly from SF tomorrow morning. Anyone in that area right now who can tell me how bad it's going to be? [more inside]
posted by olinerd around South Lake Tahoe, CA at 9:39 AM - 10 answers

January 14

Stranded in a prius and need a jump start

I'm stranded in a drained Prius after a night of car camping stupidity and am not sure what step to take next. [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont around Shasta, CA at 7:58 AM - 15 answers has best

January 5

How to get a middling amount of stuff from LA to Washington

I'd like to get a small amount of stuff from Los Angeles to Washington state this spring and am looking for affordable options. [more inside]
posted by Death and Gravity around Los Angeles, CA at 5:42 PM - 9 answers

December 8, 2016

Travel to Willits, California

I live in Portland, Oregon. I may need to travel to Willits, CA for a funeral in the coming days. Whats the easiest way to do this? If driving isn't an option due to snowy passes at Shasta, what would be the most efficient way to get there? [more inside]
posted by efalk around Willits, CA at 5:19 PM - 25 answers has best

November 26, 2016

Nice places in Palm Springs

Whst are nice places in Palm Springs for a small (6 people) ceremony? [more inside]
posted by k8t around Palm Springs, CA at 8:56 AM - 5 answers

November 25, 2016

Recommend a San Diego brunch/dinner cruise?

I'd like to do a brunch or dinner cruise for two in San Diego, can you recommend a company? Most important would be relaxing and at least somewhat romantic. Cost, alcohol not important. Relatively quiet, decent food, table for two, nice views more important. Loud music, fighting for a nice table/lack of reserved seating/group seating, crowded are minuses that I don't see much about on yelp reviews. Possibly I am mostly thinking of ferry crossings and none of these negatives actually apply. Suggestions for a specific company or recommended cruise? Thanks!!
posted by lemonade around San Diego, CA at 7:36 PM - 2 answers

November 11, 2016

Stunning places in California

Seeking comfort and beauty. Can you recommend beautiful spots to visit in California? I'm looking for excessively, stunningly beautiful places. Bonus points if they are peaceful. [more inside]
posted by sweetjane around California at 10:37 AM - 38 answers

November 7, 2016

Spending time at Disneyland Vs Universal Studios

Our family of four is going to California in less than two weeks. Our mission is basically to see Disneyland and Harry Potter World/Universal Studios. We have 2 little girls, one in Kindergarten and the other a Fifth Grader. We have six days to spend between these parks. We are thinking about 4 days at Disney/California Adventure and 2 days at Universal/Harry Potter world. Does this seem like the right allocation of days in these parks? [more inside]
posted by Artw around Los Angeles, CA at 9:00 PM - 11 answers

November 4, 2016

will LA for snacks and wrestling

First time to LA this weekend!! ISO best eats, art, and maybe also lucha? [more inside]
posted by crawfo around Los Angeles, CA at 7:48 AM - 11 answers

October 26, 2016

Anxiety about planning a solo long weekend in and around San Francisco

I'll be traveling to SF for business in mid November, and I booked my flight so I'll have a long weekend before the obligatory part of the trip starts. I'd like to spend at least two days seeing the nearby parks, but I'm worried about weather and accommodations. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus around San Francisco, CA at 4:40 PM - 8 answers has best

October 16, 2016

Travel advice for San Diego please!

Hello MeFites! Due to some odd scheduling issues with my job, I'm going to be spending several days in San Diego fairly soon. I am almost totally unfamiliar with the city and would like some advice about where to go while I'm there. I am very excited to go to San Diego, because it's a big city with lots of amenities, but the downside is that it's so big that I have no idea where to start. I am a special snowflake traveler and details are under the cut. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around San Diego, CA at 11:01 AM - 6 answers

October 15, 2016

Can my senior citizen mother use Uber or Lyft without a smartphone?

She drives but can't go far, doesn't have friends where she lives (so can't ask someone else to drive her), and isn't the socializing type. I'd like to find a way to make her more mobile for shopping and doctors' appointments. Lyft or Uber seem like possible options, but she doesn't have a smartphone, and barely can use a cell phone. She can use her home computer. She lives in Hacienda Heights, CA. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie around Hacienda Heights, CA at 2:14 PM - 12 answers has best

October 7, 2016

What Do I Need To Know About Hostels in San Francisco?

I'm going to be in San Francisco 10/30-11/2(ish. may stay a day or two more). I am attending a conference at Westin St. Francis. To save money, I want to stay in a hostel. There seems to be plenty in the immediate area. But I've never stayed in a hostel and I just don't know the area. What should I be looking for and what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] around San Francisco, CA at 2:46 PM - 17 answers