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August 21

San Jose, CA- Apparently not the coolest place to live.

I'm likely moving to California at the start of October. Recently, the location has tentatively changed to San Jose. I don't want this to happen, so please convince me that San Jose is the worst place ever, or give me some reasons for why it's really not that bad. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky around San Jose, CA at 1:29 PM - 27 answers

August 18

What beach on Tomales Bay should we kayak camp at?

Yay, the wife has scored a kayak camping permit for Tomales Bay, California a couple weekends from now. We've paddled in TB a few times (including the highly recommended bioluminescence tour), but never camped overnight. The permit isn't tied to any one site, and apparently they're first come first serve. Can anyone here recommend a beach that they particularly enjoyed camping at?
posted by mqk around California, CA at 8:23 PM - 4 answers has best

Tahoe City Dive Bar

I'm going to a wedding in Tahoe City CA next weekend. I'll have some time to kill. What is the absolutely shittiest, diviest, bar in Tahoe City? Is there one? The sketchier the better!!!
posted by josher71 around Tahoe City, CA at 9:36 AM - 2 answers

August 7

One Weekend In LA (not the extended LA, the central LA)

So, I'm going to be visiting Mr hippybear who has been working in LA for a while. While I'm there we will have about 2 unscheduled days and we might want to explore. Read more inside for details about the advice I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by hippybear around Los Angeles, CA at 9:29 AM - 22 answers

August 4

Mom's day out in San Francisco

A new friend and I are spending Sunday without our babies in San Francisco. We are excited! But neither of us really know the city, and also we are used to doing child-centered things like going to parks or libraries or whatever, so our brains are mush. What do adults do in San Francisco besides the deYoung museum? Looking for offbeat, fun suggestions that don't totally break the bank. Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea around San Francisco, CA at 8:09 AM - 10 answers

August 2

Places to avoid around Oceanside, CA?

I booked a rental place in Oceanside, and I'm going to visit Legoland and a few friends in SoCal. But when I mentioned that I was staying in Oceanside, there seemed to be some concern that parts of Oceanside are "sketchy" (with gang-related activity)? Is that a real problem for tourists? How do I avoid the bad parts, so I don't just blindly follow my GPS somewhere....
posted by mhh5 around Oceanside, CA at 1:46 PM - 8 answers has best

July 27

Looking for Union Square Restaurant Ideas

Coming to San Francisco next week for a conference and staying near Union Square. Looking for restaurant ideas for quick breakfasts, hour long lunches, and long lingering dinners within walking distance. I eat everything, and while cheap is good, good is more important. The only other time I've been in the city your recommendations for Bi-Rite and Tartine were spot-on, so let me know where I should go next. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead around San Francisco, CA at 10:17 AM - 13 answers

July 25

Yosemite and Monterey

We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip. [more inside]
posted by trbrts around California at 3:18 PM - 23 answers

July 17

Place to store luggage near SF airport?

I am flying into San Francisco (SFO) airport early morning on Monday next week and have an entire day to sight-see before heading to Sunnyvale for work meetings next day. I would love to go see the Golden Bridge from the airport, however, I will have my luggage with me and it would be great if i could store it somewhere for about 6-8 hours and then pick it up on my way to Sunnyvale. Is this realistic and/or reasonable? This will be my first time visiting SF. Are there any recommendations where I can leave my stuff securely for a day? Thank you for your suggestions!
posted by mooselini around San Francisco, CA at 3:55 PM - 5 answers has best

Tacos in Santa Monica/Venice Beach

My family is in the car on the freeway, and we're going to spend the afternoon in Santa Monica and Venice Beach. This is our opportunity on this trip to get tacos for lunch; where should we go?
posted by ocherdraco around Santa Monica, CA at 11:54 AM - 9 answers

July 16

A chilled Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. What to do?

My wife, 12 year-old son and I will have a free afternoon and evening in San Francisco this coming Thursday. We fly in the afternoon before from the UK, will probably take bikes over the golden gate bridge in the morning, and we'd like to soak up a bit of SF in the afternoon and evening, before we head off on a road trip for the following three weeks. Yay! So what to do? Where to go? And perhaps somewhere relaxed and nice to eat in the evening? [more inside]
posted by dowcrag around San Francisco, CA at 12:08 PM - 9 answers has best

July 14

Where can I watch the Olympics in San Francisco?

I'm going to be in San Francisco for work from 8/8 through 8/19. I love the Olympics and would like to watch random events in the evening. Where would be the best spots to watch? I am not that familiar with the city and will working/staying near the Montgomery St. station.
posted by melodykramer around San Francisco, CA at 5:27 PM - 2 answers

July 13

Yosemite

What to: do, see, miss, avoid, eat, experience at Yosemite. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner around California at 5:27 AM - 11 answers

July 12

What to do in San Francisco with a 17-year-old girl?

I'm going to be in San Francisco tomorrow morning until Friday night to meet some relatives of mine from Sweden, along with my parents. Most of those two days are going to be spent with the family but my dad wants me to show my 17-year-old relative around so that we aren't with "the olds" the entire time. I haven't been to SF since I was 14. My friend told me to stop by the venue he works at, Thee Parkside. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane around San Francisco, CA at 7:38 PM - 14 answers has best

July 5

San Diego relaxing beachy vacation

I perused many of the San Diego questions but didn't feel that any fit the bill. I'm going to San Diego with my husband the last weekend (Thu-Sun) in July (weekend after Comic-con). We'd like to do relaxing beach-y (walking along or swimming, not surfing) or historical sight-seeing things, sit in nice coffeeshops and eat good food. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie around San Diego, CA at 10:30 PM - 18 answers

July 2

Short Trip to LA: Uber/Lyft or rent a car?

I'll be in LA from about 11am Sun to 9pm Mon. My plan was to crash at one of the airport hotels since I'm only there 1 night. I have a meeting out in the Covina/Duarte area most of the day Monday. Should I rent a car or just do the Uber/Lyft thing? [more inside]
posted by yoga around Los Angeles, CA at 5:20 PM - 7 answers has best

June 16

Yosemite when Obama is visiting

We're going to Yosemite this weekend - and so is Obama. Where should we go to avoid crowds and closed areas? [more inside]
posted by unix around California at 9:54 PM - 8 answers

June 13

Revised southwest trip for inexperienced travelers; need logistics help

I posted my previous question last week. We've decided to follow the advice of several of you, and instead of driving from L.A. to the Grand Canyon and back we'll be driving from L.A. up the coast and back. [more inside]
posted by primate moon around Los Angeles, CA at 3:01 PM - 16 answers

June 10

SF vegan brunch options

Recommendations for vegan breakfast/brunch choices in San Francisco? We're staying near Market/Mason and are happy to walk or take transit but don't have a car. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb around San Francisco, CA at 4:21 PM - 7 answers has best

June 5

Transferring from LAX international to terminal 7

I have done this flight from Sydney to LAX numerous times on United, which connects to a domestic flight in terminal 7 or 8. Each time, I have left the International Terminal and walked along the roadway all the way down to terminal 7/8. Am I doing this wrong? [more inside]
posted by amusebuche around Los Angeles, CA at 12:48 AM - 9 answers has best