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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

April 10

LAX parking ticket: contest or pay?

On Friday night my SO (N) and I got a red zone parking ticket at LAX. It sounds like a doozy, and I'm debating whether to contest or just pay up. This is our first citation in LA, and I have questions. (YANAL, YANML) Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? around Los Angeles, CA at 10:33 AM - 12 answers has best

April 3

San Diego / La Jolla beachy babymoon suggestions

We'll be spending a week in La Jolla in mid-May - suggestions for things to do / places to eat at? [more inside]
posted by peacheater around San Diego, CA at 12:37 PM - 8 answers has best

March 17

Would you pay a small fee for a street cleaning alerting service?

Parking fines in San Francisco during street cleaning hours are steep in San Francisco ($71). Because parking is tight, my vehicle is not always parked on the same block and I usually just try to remember street cleaning schedule for the street I'm parked on. Obviously not very successfully. [more inside]
posted by vintya around San Francisco, CA at 12:05 PM - 35 answers has best

March 14

Super bloom, super traffic

I'd like to try to go see the California desert wildflower "super bloom", but due to my work schedule, I can only go on the weekend. But the traffic is apparently so horrible that there are hours-long delays getting into and out of Borrego Springs! My question is: how can I optimize my schedule/route to avoid the traffic as much as possible? I've never been to Borrego Springs before. I'm coming from San Diego. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough around Borrego Springs, CA at 2:43 PM - 8 answers

March 11

Driving from North Bay Area to San Diego. Important route / trip tips?

I am planning to leave Monday at around 4 a.m. from the Santa Rosa area, driving to San Diego. Car full of kids. Are there any routes I should avoid? Anything else to know about? I've never made this trip before and have only flown to SoCal once. Thanks!
posted by circular around San Diego, CA at 1:36 PM - 10 answers has best

Open meadows in the East Bay?

I'm located near the Berkeley hills (SF Bay Area). There are lots of great forested trails around here, but I have a desire to wander in more of a wide-open meadow setting. Any recommendations nearby?
posted by aws17576 around Hayward, CA at 9:45 AM - 16 answers has best

March 6

What to do and where to stay in San Francisco in early April

My best friend and I will be taking a vacation together to San Francisco in early April. Neither of us have ever been before. We will have pretty much 2 entire days in the city. Where should we stay and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz around San Francisco, CA at 11:21 AM - 21 answers

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 - 15 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 - 13 answers has best

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 - 13 answers has best

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