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August 14

What to do/see/eat on an Oregon/NoCal coastal roadtrip?

I will be driving from Seattle to Monterey, CA. I've already got plans set up for the Oregon Coast as far as Newport, and also have plans for San Francisco and Monterey on the other end, but I have a block of about 6 days between Newport and SF that is unplanned and open to suggestion. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by matildaben around California at 9:52 AM - 5 answers has best

August 13

Stepthrough/mixte hybrid bikes for tall people.

I'm a 6'1" skirt-wearing human looking for an appropriately-sized hybrid bike for my daily commute with a $400-$900 budget. [more inside]
posted by Corinth around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 1:26 PM - 16 answers

August 3

Hotel between Mtn View and Oakland

In October, I am planning a visit to the Bay Area that will include an evening show in Mountain View and a weekday at the Oakland Zoo. I will fly into SFO and rent a car. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by soelo around Oakland, CA at 2:27 PM - 10 answers

July 24

Southern California with a baby

We (a Midwestern family) have a few days in Newport/Laguna Beach, what should we do and see with a 10 month old? Bonus points for a 42 year birthday celebration dinner/activity too. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 around Newport Beach, CA at 6:44 PM - 8 answers

July 14

San Diego in one day-o

One day in San Diego: what should we do? Asking for a co-worker (and also for me, sort of; see post-script): My wife and I have one day in San Diego coming up in early August. It's a weekday, the length is not negotiable, but assume it's a full day. Is there something in San Diego we absolutely should not miss (except the zoo, unfortunately)? Where should we eat (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl around San Diego, CA at 7:33 AM - 14 answers has best

July 11

One day in LA!

My wife and I will be in LA for Sunday 10th September. Neither of us have been before or are likely to be there again in the near future. We are Europeans, currently live in London, like walking, are fairly bohemian artsy MeFites and don't have a desire to spend all day in a museum. What should we do?? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga around Los Angeles, CA at 11:26 AM - 16 answers

June 26

13 hour layover at LAX -- Leaving on a jet plane

I got 3 kids, one friend willing to pick us up at LAX and 13 hour layover to catch a flight to Australia at 2200 hours. What to do? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl around Los Angeles, CA at 4:23 AM - 8 answers has best

June 24

Taxi or rideshare (or something else?) in L.A. with a toddler?

We’re trying to find the best way for the two of us and our toddler to get to and from a wedding in LA (we are staying around Chinatown, wedding is downtown). Taxi? Ride share? Something else? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit around Los Angeles, CA at 4:07 PM - 9 answers

June 21

Free Afternoon in San Francisco with no car

I've got a bunch of time to kill tomorrow afternoon in San Francisco. I'm staying on 7th Street at The Carriage Inn and my current plan is to just walk up the hill to the water, but is there something else I should be doing? I don't mind taking a taxi, but walking would be ideal.
posted by yerfatma around San Francisco, CA at 5:11 PM - 7 answers

June 18

Where to find available campsites in the Bay Area for the Jul 4th?

I've been struggling to find available campsites in driving range from the SF Bay Area over the July 4th long weekend. Does anyone have any suggestions for places to find campsite inventory or places which may not require a permit?
posted by touareg around San Francisco, CA at 9:08 PM - 4 answers

June 9

Thoughts on an LA weekend?

My wife and I will be staying Friday night through Monday morning just within walking distance to Universal Studios LA next month. We hope to see a dear cousin and former editor of mine but he may be in San Diego for Comic Con. Our primary objective is Harry Potter first thing on Saturday. We've done a number of LA destinations over the years including the Getty and Norton Simon, Disneyland, the Griffith, even the Museum of Jurassic Technology, I have an interest in baseball and may be able to take in a Dodgers game, depending. We will have wheels. Where might we hie to?
posted by mwhybark around Los Angeles, CA at 8:00 PM - 14 answers has best

June 4

WeHo area on the cheap?

Made a last minute decision to go down to the West Hollywood area for Pride/Resist next weekend. I'll have some unscheduled time there. Any suggestions for sights to see and things to do that are 1. accessible without my own private vehicle and 2. appropriate on a bus/hostel-sized budget? Would prefer to stay within around an hour's walk (totally fine with using transit to get to something awesome, though; will grudgingly take a taxi if necessary). Explicitly queer/gay stuff welcomed but not mandatory. NB, I have never been to LA.
posted by en forme de poire around Los Angeles, CA at 8:35 PM - 5 answers

May 30

Friendship Healing San Francisco Ideas?

Friend and I (both f/mid twenties) are taking a spontaneous and much needed trip to San Francisco, CA at the end June/early July for 3 days. We are both hoping to mend and strengthen our friendship after a few months of estrangement. I would appreciate any insights about any of the city's intimate and thoughtful spots. [more inside]
posted by dea around San Francisco, CA at 3:28 PM - 19 answers has best

May 14

Looking for an address from an old porn movie. San Francisco area

Was watching online the first porn movie I ever saw recently. It's from the 80s. I am reasonably sure this scene is somewhere in or near Potrero in San Francisco because there was a Ray Cicero Realty sign and I found out they were based in Potrero. Wondering if anyone is familiar with the area or has good detective skills. Kind of fascinated about the historical changes. Here are the (very poor quality) screenshots
posted by vizsla around San Francisco, CA at 7:57 PM - 6 answers has best

May 1

Help with San Francisco travel

We'll be in San Francisco later this month and there are three things we'd like your help with: getting to the Union Square Grand Hyatt from OAK, checking out the Golden Gate Bridge, and getting photos of the skyline around dusk. (I've tried to sift through the Google noise.) [more inside]
posted by jroybal around San Francisco, CA at 10:20 AM - 14 answers

April 30

Must-sees in the Bay Area?

I am in the San Francisco Bay Area for about two months (East Bay, to be exact). I'm looking for ideas for things to absolutely do before I leave, particularly weekend day trips. I am interested in music, technology, tabletop gaming, art, and the outdoors. Snowflake detail: I am limited to public transport.
posted by Grinder around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 9:16 AM - 17 answers has best

April 24

Help me move to Long Beach

Moving to Long Beach for my partner's work in about a month—and would love some advice about the city. [more inside]
posted by themadthinker around Long Beach, CA at 9:08 PM - 6 answers has best

April 20

Help me make my drive from Oakland airport to Healdsburg memorable...

Catching an early (0600) flight from PDX to OAK next week and would like to kill an extra hour or several en route to our hotel in Healdsburg. Suggestions on interesting sights or spots to see along the way would be appreciated.
posted by docpops around Sonoma, CA at 7:41 PM - 16 answers

April 16

What are those giant, ruined columns at Half Moon Bay?

I was recently down on the beach at Half Moon Bay and saw a giant, ruined structure by the cliffs. I saw a comment suggesting it might be a WWII coastal battery, but I think there are several such structures in the area, and the comment wasn't accompanied by photos.
posted by mph around Half Moon Bay, CA at 10:17 PM - 1 answer has best

April 13

Hotel recommendations on Monterey Bay

Simple travel query: looking for recommendations for a nice coastal hotel somewhere on Monterey Bay. [more inside]
posted by spitbull around Monterey, CA at 11:21 AM - 9 answers has best