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October 6

Any travel suggestions for the central coast of California? With dog.

Need a quick getaway from LA after I meet several deadlines next week. I'm planning to visit a friend in Cambria Friday and Saturday but would like to hit the road and see Monterey, Carmel and/or Santa Cruz (or somewhere else you might suggest in the area) on Sunday. [more inside]
posted by parkerposey around Bakersfield, CA at 6:42 PM - 7 answers

September 25

Visiting the City of Angels

I'm looking for suggestions for places to visit in LA (difficulty level: generally getting around, day spas, costumes, barre, crafting and outlet malls). [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr around Los Angeles, CA at 12:23 AM - 10 answers

September 24

LA to San Bernardino (or Riverside) via Public Transit

I'll be in LA next week without a car and I'd like to see my family who live way out in Riverside County. Is it possible to get out there and back in a single afternoon/evening? [more inside]
posted by Copronymus around Los Angeles, CA at 7:58 PM - 12 answers has best

September 20

Recommendation for car detailing service to deal w/ swirl marks on hood

Recently bought a used 2013 car, black in color. It has a lot of cleaning/swirl marks, especially on the hood (no doubt from repeated sub-par cleaning by the previous owner). Can people recommend a service or shop that knows what to do to remove the micro scratches or at least improve this condition, and can do it well, at a reasonable price, in the Los Angeles area (preferrably either City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, or Pasadena)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie around Pasadena, CA at 4:18 PM - 1 answer

September 16

Fill my free afternoon in San Diego

I have one free afternoon and a one-day trolley pass. No car. Have already stuffed myself with food. Where should I go, and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by amelioration around San Diego, CA at 12:40 PM - 6 answers

September 8

Four hours in LA

I am at a conference in Pasadena this week. It finishes at 3:30pm on Friday. My flight to San Francisco is at 7:20pm from LAX that evening. I have never been to LA (or the US) before. What should I do with this time? [more inside]
posted by litereally around Los Angeles, CA at 3:45 AM - 14 answers

September 2

SF - Oakland Labor Day traffic mess HELP

Calling Bay Area residents, how effed up is traffic going to be this weekend? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl around Oakland, CA at 6:17 PM - 10 answers has best

August 23

Does anyone have any experience with the Caltrain bike lockers?

I'm commuting to Palo Alto and am leaving my bike at the Caltrain station. After someone tried to steal my bike last week I'm thinking about renting a bike locker. Does anyone have any experience with these lockers? I can't find any reviews of them one way or another online. I'm a little worried that if I mail them a check for $58 I'll just never hear from them again. [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars around Palo Alto, CA at 1:49 PM - 7 answers

August 16

Road Trip through NC & SC

Your tips for a December mini-road trip through North & South Carolina, please! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord around Murrieta, CA at 9:58 AM - 10 answers has best

August 15

LA shopping/activies (specifically outdoor basketball, toys)

Where should I look for toys that I wouldn't find in toy stores outside of such a large, diverse city? I'm also interested in watching the Venice Basketball League championship game tomorrow. What do I need to know about that? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s around Los Angeles, CA at 12:32 PM - 5 answers

August 13

Legoland, then what?

We are going to Legoland, CA for the day and looking for recommendation on where to sepnd the night and have supper? [more inside]
posted by silsurf around Carlsbad, CA at 11:51 AM - 5 answers

August 9

I want to do something nice for travelers to Palm Springs. Help!

My neighbor has been awesome to us lately, and he and his wife are going to Palm Springs in a couple weeks. We want to do something nice for them while they're there. Snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by pdb around Palm Springs, CA at 2:58 PM - 9 answers

San Francisco for a Saturday

Where would you recommend we stay for one night in San Francisco at the end of August? [more inside]
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia around San Francisco, CA at 12:00 PM - 12 answers

August 7

Short getaway options 2-3 hours (driving only) from the South Bay Area?

My partner and I (30s, no kids, both geeky/arty introverts) have a couple vacation days coming up. We'd like to take a short, low-hassle overnight trip somewhere, but we've done the Monterey thing multiple times, we don't want to go to San Francisco, and we aren't really into wine tasting. What else can we do that doesn't require a ton of advance planning or more than around 3 hours sitting in the car? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin around California, CA at 10:53 AM - 13 answers has best

August 6

SF dog beach without steep access?

What's the best SF-area beach for dogs that has easy/flat access for my old-man poodle? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain around San Francisco, CA at 2:03 PM - 9 answers

August 5

California Dreaming

Thinking about heading to California for a week or so, starting out in Los Angeles then driving up to San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by PJMoore around California at 9:05 AM - 19 answers

August 4

Adventure for a teenager in San Francisco next week

I promised my 16-year-old nephew a visit to Alcatraz, which I didn't realize had to be booked far in advance and therefore appears not to be possible during our week in The City starting this Sunday. So what can I do to make it up? This will be his first trip there. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot around San Francisco, CA at 2:32 PM - 31 answers has best

July 31

Filling meals and snacks for Disneyland trip

I'm making my annual solitary pilgrimage to Disneyland/California Adventure for 3 days in August. It's summer, and their diamond celebration is going on, so I anticipate mad crowds. I'd like to avoid eating in the park as much as possible. So what can I eat to keep me full (meals and snacks)? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha around Anaheim, CA at 1:00 PM - 21 answers

July 30

Bathing in San Francisco

Along the same line as this post that inquires about bath houses in Los Angeles, I'm looking for a place to get clean in The City! [more inside]
posted by starscream around San Francisco, CA at 9:46 AM - 11 answers

July 21

Nighttime San Francisco for the introverted solo traveller

I'm going to be stopping in SF for a few nights next week (Sunday-Thursday) en route from London to Portland, and realise I've no real idea of what to do with myself in the evenings (daytime is fine)... [more inside]
posted by influx around San Francisco, CA at 2:15 PM - 18 answers