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September 26

What to do in San Diego?

My parents and I are going to San Diego for a week in mid-November. What should we definitely not miss while we're there? [more inside]
posted by darchildre around San Diego, CA at 5:44 PM - 10 answers

September 3

What to do and where to stay in San Francisco

I am heading to SF very soon, oops! What to do and where to stay please? I got great answers in my recent Vegas thread, so fingers crossed! [more inside]
posted by Iteki around San Francisco, CA at 11:30 AM - 29 answers

August 25

How can I easily transport a bike and 2 large bags in San Francisco?

I'm from out of town and I'm trying to find the best way to transport myself, a bike and 2 large suitcases in San Francisco. I can't ride the bike because of the bags and don't want to chance ordering an uber or lyft that won't take the bike because I'm being dropped off at a bus and don't want to be late. The drive is only 7-10 minutes away. Any suggestions on the best way to do this? Thanks!
posted by eaq around San Francisco, CA at 9:38 AM - 8 answers

August 13

Where is this Bay Area wedding venue?

In the summer of 2016 I attended a wedding at a historical mansion, within a 90 minute drive of San Francisco. This is a photo taken inside. Other things I remember: [more inside]
posted by umwelt around San Francisco, CA at 4:10 PM - 8 answers has best

August 12

Fallbrook, CA - a nice place to visit (or live)?

I'm looking for a place to retire with my husband, and somewhere between LA and Tucson, AZ would be ideal to visit family in both places. Cali is pricey, I know, but I'm still hoping I can find something somewhat affordable, as I really can't handle (more affordable but too hot) AZ. [more inside]
posted by j810c around Fallbrook, CA at 2:37 PM - 7 answers

August 10


I want to be able to hail or otherwise get a taxi in San Francisco. What's the best way to do this? I have a big ol' bag full of questions. [more inside]
posted by pdb around San Francisco, CA at 8:14 PM - 10 answers has best

July 13

San Francisco Exploratorium - how is it now?

Our family is heading out this weekend on a road trip that will eventually bring us to San Francisco, where we have not been in many years. Last time we were there the Exploratorium was still in the Presidio and our (now adult) kids loved it. Our youngest kid (age 12) has never been; how does the new (or really "new" by now) Exploratorium rate against the original? [more inside]
posted by sencha around San Francisco, CA at 6:40 PM - 12 answers has best

June 30

Snowflakes?? In Los Angeles???

Help me figure out where to stay/what to do in LA in October. The snowflakes I promised are within! [more inside]
posted by babelfish around Los Angeles, CA at 8:09 AM - 7 answers

June 19

What NEW places are great in SF/Oakland in the past 5 years?

I lived in SF for years and years, but it was time to go a little over 5 years ago. I'm heading back for a brief trip, and have found many of my favorite places closed or not quite what they used to be. I'll be going to several favorites that are thankfully still around (The Roxie! Forbidden Island!) but I'm hoping for any new hotness is that's opened since 2017 that you'd recommend.
posted by eschatfische around San Francisco, CA at 4:06 PM - 6 answers has best

May 17

First visit to LA with a kiddo

I’m taking my 10-year-old daughter to LA for three and a half days in early July. We’re flying into LAX and renting the perfect car. Next step: figuring out where to stay and what to do. Help! [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky around Los Angeles, CA at 1:12 PM - 23 answers has best

May 16

LA This Thursday, Hooray!

I’m getting to stop in LA from Weds to Fri this week, and my friend-visits are going to be on Weds night and Thurs morning, so I have Thurs day to cavort! Anything fun I should do or check out? Previous faves (from almost 20 years ago, gak) and other details below. [more inside]
posted by rrrrrrrrrt around Los Angeles, CA at 6:51 PM - 6 answers

May 2

Should I cancel my trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mid June?

I thought June 16- 19th would be a good time to take a solo road trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park to avoid crowds and do some hiking. It's a 4 hour drive for me to get there and I don't want to do all that driving and end up not really being able to do much. I don't own snowshoes or chains, nor do I want to. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey around Shasta County, CA at 2:40 PM - 8 answers has best

February 28

Another what to do in LA question, but....

I'm from LA. Because I really don't want to dox myself more than I already have, let's say I was born and bred on the west side, and when the area code split happened my home phone was 310, but very close to the 213 border. We'll be staying in my childhood home. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone around Los Angeles, CA at 3:51 PM - 19 answers

February 23

LA on Sunday and next week?

I’m flying into LA for work on Sunday and staying for the week, driving around downtown. I don’t understand the weather going on in LA right now. Should I still go? What should I do to prepare for the trip? [more inside]
posted by inevitability around Los Angeles, CA at 8:07 PM - 5 answers

California Wine Country: Renting an Entire Vineyard

AirBnB/VRBO seem to have cluttered up wine country estate listings and many older standbys have closed down. What are some good winery estates with onsite lodging? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by JaneTheGood around San Francisco, CA at 10:32 AM - 5 answers

February 15

Help me have my first solo day to San Francisco

I'm from the Bay Area and grew up going to San Francisco, so I'm familiar with some things, but there are tons of other things I haven't explored. I have the whole weekday to myself this week, and I've never done a solo trip to SF before. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by yueliang around San Francisco, CA at 1:30 PM - 9 answers has best

February 4

San Diego in early March 2023

For a weekend in San Diego in early March what should we expect for weather THIS year? Asking for hunches from SoCal resident types instead of relying on averages from Google. [more inside]
posted by ojocaliente around San Diego, CA at 8:52 AM - 8 answers

January 27

Quick cycling trip from Oakland

Quick overnight trip from Oakland with cycling - how do I do this. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip around San Francisco, CA at 9:40 PM - 13 answers

December 29, 2022

What do you mean, I can't just use my normal plan over here?

What mobile provider is best for a short-term stay in and around Stanford, California? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart around California at 1:57 PM - 10 answers

San Diego vacay

I’m planning a family trip to San Diego in April, just after Easter. We want to see the zoo and Legoland. Looking for tips and advice on hotels, transportation, and tickets. (Family is two adults and a 7-year-old traveling from Austin.) [more inside]
posted by erloteiel around San Diego, CA at 12:10 PM - 10 answers