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    • Restaurants

      Red Bluff 15 hours ago

      Recommend a good steak/wine/nice dining spot in Red Bluff....downtown would be nice.

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      Seashells at the beach

      Anaheim Yesterday

      Which beach may I able to find seashells? Or are they prohibited to gather? I am thinking of going to Newport Beach. Does anyone know if there are seashells to find? How about Corona Del Mar?

    • site images

      Grover Hot Springs State Park May 8, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      are images available of sites 57 and 59?

    • Mamoth lake visit?

      Mammoth Lakes Yesterday

      Is it good time to visit mammoth lake in may end?

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      Help! I'm new here in San Diego

      San Diego May 11, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      I've just started a job right in the heart of San Diego - 4th and B street (BOA bldg) and hope some clever locals can give me a few ideas on healthy (not-too-pricey) lunch spots for a veggie. Also, cool hiding spots on the tops of buildings or in tucked away plazas to eat a lunch and escape. When I lived in San Francisco and worked downtown I had a whole slew of hiding spots, mostly public open spaces that few people knew about. Anything like that here? Rooftop lounges with a view, perhaps? Thanks!!!

    • Afternoon in Sonora, California

      Sonora May 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      What important historical places can I visit in one afternoon in Sonora, California?

    • Lone Pine Cemetery

      Lone Pine Apr 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

      Is there a cemetery in Lone Pine named just that? Or around town?

    • North pines - things to do each day with kids

      Yosemite National Park May 15, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      Hi threr, we are 2 x families with 27 ftRVs...4 days in non elec campsites, any tips on what to do with kids each day and travel distance to activities? Do we leave RVs and get shuttle bus? Bike hire

    • Need photography location advice

      Sequoia National Park May 6, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Hi all. I'll be visiting the park next weekend, 5/15 - 5/17. I'll arrive at night (5/15). I'd like to shoot star trails with a noticeable foreground. I'll then wait for the sunrise of 5/16. During the day time, I'll visit the points of interests. I'd also like to take photos of sunset. On 5/17, I'll visit more points of interests and then head back to LA. I'd be appreciated if you could advise on the locations for 1. star trails; 2. sunrise; and 3. sunset. In addition, please let me know if you have any photography tips in the park. For instance, what time at which location would be possible to create a dramatic shot. Thanks in advance!

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      Hostel to stay in new york

      San Francisco May 4, 2015 at 7:24 AM

      Any recommendations would be gratefully received !

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      Hotel / B&B in S Fo

      San Francisco May 4, 2015 at 6:20 AM


      Do suggest a mid range Hotel or a B&B for 5 nights - also which area should we stay in?


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      Hikes with rain

      Yosemite National Park May 14, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      Just wondering what hikes were doable since it seems that it will be raining right before and possibly during my stay at Yosemite next weekend?? I have a large group and half of us have a half dome permit but I read it's not recommended to do half dome after it rains.


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      Last minute need for transport to Six Flags

      Ventura Apr 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      My son is in Ventura and has chance to meet friends at Six Flags weds 29th Apr but no transport. Long shot but does anyone have Any suggestions ?

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      R2D2 Popcorn Bucket

      Anaheim Yesterday

      Has anyone been to Disneyland in the last few weeks, or days that can tell me if they R2D2 popcorn bucket is still available to purchase at Tomorrowland? Or the R2D2 mug souvenir which you can buy if you order the parfait at Tomorrowland Terrace? I am going during Memorial Week and I don't want to be running around trying to find it and be disappointed only to find out it has been discontinued and no longer available. Please help out a R2D2 fan. Thanks much!

    • Downtown SF to Sunnyvale, by train or car?

      San Francisco May 13, 2015 at 8:47 AM

      Dear VT members,

      I plan to visit LA for a week after my SF trip. The final day of my SF trip, I plan to go to Apple's company store located in Cupertino. While going there shall I hire a car to stop for some (??) important places while travelling to Cupertino?

      I am also curious about what you think about continuing to LA by car (with my luggages) from Cupertino, instead of getting back to my hotel in downtown SF to travel to SFO next day for flying to LAX?
      Thank you!

    • transportation to LAX

      Solvang May 12, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      What are the public transportation options for Solvang to LAX airport

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      Central San Diego and Los Angeles accomodation

      California May 5, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      My family and I (4 of us in total) are looking for some accommodation that is central between San Diego and Los Angeles. We happy to have early morning and drive a few hours each way each day but don't know what is the best place to look at

    • 1) Using a GPS in a car 2) using a phone cheaply to phone folk in California & back in England

      California May 3, 2015 at 2:56 AM

      Fellow travellers, (1) Hiring a car for 21 days, what would a cheap GPS device cost to buy in a store? (2) I'll be in California one month, could you recommend a cheap cellphone & network? Have a great May :)

    • looking for roadtrip travel buddies in California in May 2015

      Los Angeles Apr 25, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      Hi I am looking for roadtrip travel buddies in California in May 2015.
      It will be 20 or above days roadtrip!
      Maybe go to Seattle or Vancouver later.
      Are you interested joking the whole or part of the trip? Let's travel on the road!

    • Changing Flights at LAX

      Los Angeles May 16, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      First time flying into LAX. I will be flying into LAX at 8:35 am on Delta and then switching to Hawaiin Air. I have to options for a depart time with Hawaiin; 10:55 am & 1:10 pm. Is the 10:55 am enough time? I will be checking luggage. Thanks.

    • Returning back to overseas from LAX or SFO, does it worth gaining time or gaining money?

      Los Angeles May 4, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      I live in east Europe and I will visit LA for theme parks, hollywood and beachs, after staying in SF for 2 weeks. From SFO to LAX I will go by plane.

      While returning, I either directly fly back from LA to europe, or first fly to SFO and fly from there to europe.

      I spend $250 less, flying back from SFO.
      I earn 4-5 hours + 1 less flight (and it's hassles), flying back from LA.

      Both planes take of at 6 PM.
      If I choose SFO path, I have to get to airport before 1PM to get on the plane at 2PM.
      If I choose direct flight from SFO, I have to get to airport 4PM at latest.

      I have never been to SF or LA, so I appreciate every recommendation.
      Thank you soo much.

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      How safe is it in SF

      San Francisco May 20, 2015 at 2:57 AM

      We like to stroll about quite a bit, Just wondering how safe the area's and bars around the waterfront are?

    • How many days in SF for the places I plan to visit?

      San Francisco May 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      I live in Europe and will visit SF and LA this summer.

      After reading a lot, I decided to do the followings:
      - Academy of Sciences
      - Exploratorium (thursday night if I can)
      - Golden Gate Park
      - Presedio Park
      - Union Square
      - China Town
      - Alcatraz
      - AT&T park (baseball game)
      - Some nice places to eat breakfast, candy, etc.. found with Yelp or Foursquare.
      - Lombard Street
      - Nob Hill
      - Cable cars
      - A sightseeing tour or hop-on-hop-off bus (not sure of this line)
      - Fisherman's wharf
      - Pier 39
      - Renting Bike from Fisherman's wharf and passing over Golden Gate Bridge and returning with a ferry ( I am not sure if I can (or have to) visit Presedio with the bike before the bridge. (And/or Golden Gate Park))
      - Apple company store (Sunnyvale - caltrain)
      - Coit Tower

      I have planned 5 days for all of these but I started to think that 5 days are more than I need, to do these. Am I right? What do you recommend?

      Thank you!

    • Nude beach san fransico

      San Francisco May 8, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      how can you have a nude beach in a place that never reaches of 65 degrees even in the summer

    • Monterey,Cambria, Los Angeles

      San Francisco 21 hours ago

      we are driving in the month of August with 2 kids.
      Sat & Sun staying in San Francisco doing sighseeing
      Monday morning leaving and and driving Monterey(half Moon Bay,Garter Snake, Santa Cruz Beach), and staying night there
      tuesday Leaving Monterey(17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Hearst castle)and reaching Cambria
      Wednesday covering Solvang,Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Lake Cachuma and reaching LA hotel by night.
      Any suggestions to this plan or addins? Should we skip Monterey night stay and instead stay that night in Cambria?Is it possible to cover everything in one day?

    • Finding locations

      by bsoden Online Now Feb 27, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      Want to know how far from Stearns Wharf are Santa Barbara Urban Trail and Los Olivos Trail? Is the Los Olivos Trail the same as Los Olivos Promenda.

      3 Answers Feb 27, 2015 at 6:32 PM
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      Leaving early to avoid most of the traffic

      by Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      We're taking the 210 to 134 etc., on to SAnta BArbara from Redlands CA. We need to be in SB at 10:00am. How early would you suggest we leave to avoid the "worst" of the traffic?

      5 Answers Jul 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM
    • Is/Was there a hotel on the beach?

      by jasonjasonjason Online Now Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Back in 1996, I stayed at a hotel in Santa Barbara that was actually on the beach near State Street (I thought it was a Best Western). The patio door to my hotel room actually opened directly onto the sand of the beach. I'm trying to figure out what hotel this was but looking at maps now it doesn't look like there is any hotel actually on any portion of the beach... they're all across the street from it. Does anyone know which hotel I'm talking about and if it's still around? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong area?

      5 Answers Jul 2, 2014 at 6:24 AM
    • Pickleball Play?

      by bobbibon Online Now Jun 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      is there any organized or not, pickleball in Santa Barbara or close?

      1 Answer Jun 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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      Hair Salon

      by iccuf Online Now May 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Looking for a good hair salon within walking distance of the Spanish Garden Inn. My hair is very thick and I need a good stylist who can pull it straight. Just want a shampoo and blow dry. Any help?

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      Santa Barbara to Solvang

      by Eolyblue Online Now Apr 29, 2014 at 4:32 AM

      Hi! I plan to visit Solvang in november and I've heard about the Thruway bus from Santa Barbara to Solvang.
      I would like to know if luggages are allowed because I will have my big luggage (I spend 2 weeks in California).
      If it's not allowed, do you know an other way to get to Solvang?

      Thank you in advance!

      2 Answers Apr 29, 2014 at 6:49 AM
    • neighborhoods

      by Beth82 Online Now Apr 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Considering a property near W Anapamu St & Bath for 3 month rental. Looks like it's a walkable neighborhood
      but is it a safe one?! Thanks for any input.

      1 Answer Apr 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM
    • Sixteenth Birthday

      by odalisramirez_xo Online Now Feb 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      For my sixteenth birthday I just want to spend it with my close friends, I want to getaway and just celebrate it with them... have a good time, but my friends are both female and male and I want something we can all enjoy and remember. Any ideas? Please help.

      1 Answer Feb 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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      Breakfast Places

      by HELEN Online Now Jan 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Can anyone recommend some good breakfast places in downtown Santa Barbara.
      Thank you in advance!

      2 Answers Jan 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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      Hotel in Santa Barbara..

      by SamyValy Online Now Jul 19, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      Hi guys! I'm planning my american summer holidays and I'm looking for a nice hotel in Santa Barbara..i know i'm asking too much but if possible not too expensive :) I'm gonna spend 2 nights there ( in the last week of August ) and i'm sure i will have a good time in that wonderful place.
      Thank you so much for helping me!

      8 Answers Feb 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM
    • Summer Solstice Parade 2012 Santa Barbara

      by thebeam Online Now Jun 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Any tips on viewing the parade on Saturday June 23 2012?

      Any tips on where to park and when to get there?

    • What to do for a bachelor party in Santa Barbara?

      by cali2012 Online Now Jan 31, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      Hi there,
      Myself and some friends are travelling to California from London, UK for a bachelor party. We then plan to drive down the coast, ending up in LA.

      We plan to spend a night in Santa Barbara. Whilst we are there, I would like some help on the best area to stay. Which location is close to all the action? Also, can anyone suggest activities we could do in the day, or night (bars/clubs etc).

      There are the obvious things, like the wineries, but can anyone suggest things more tailored towards a bachelor party?


      3 Answers Jan 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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      24 Hours in Santa Barbara

      by nkhong Online Now Dec 6, 2010 at 4:39 AM

      I am planning to drive to Santa Barbara for an overnight trip. I know there are many wineries to visit, but can anyone recommend anything else to do there? Are there any 'must do' or 'must see' things? Planning to go after New Years. Any special festivals?

      1 Answer Dec 6, 2010 at 9:10 PM
    • Picnic areas in Botanical gardens

      by bngclark Online Now Sep 26, 2010 at 2:24 PM

      We are traveling to Santa Barbara area in October and like to have picnics in some out the way and beautiful places (8 people travelling). Are there picnic tables in the Botanical Gardens?

      3 Answers Sep 26, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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      One full day in Santa Barbara

      by matt.safrica Online Now Jul 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM

      Hi, we will have one full day in Santa Barbara in September and we're not quite sure how to organize that day or what to fit in. Some of the things we are considering doing are the land and sea tour (Land Shark) and/or the Top Deck Trolley tour through the town. We've also been told that Brophy Bros is a great place to grab a meal.
      We'll be staying in Natoma Avenue so we're quite close to the Wharf etc.

      Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated (there are just two of us, no kids).

      Cheers, Matt

      5 Answers Jul 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM
    • Travel advice for people in there 80's

      by Pennytwigg Online Now Jul 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM

      My 80 year old parents are going to Santa Barbara the last weekend in September for a wedding. They want to travel to Yosemite and possibly Sausilto. They will have about seven days starting September 27. We need suggestions to get them to Yosemite with little or no driving. I am wondering about Amtrak or tours. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated including alternate stops. They will rent a car but we are not comfortable about them driving. Yosemite is high on there list of places to visit but my dad has problems walking. Thanks!!!

      6 Answers Jul 22, 2010 at 11:58 PM
    • wineries and more.....

      by z71guy Online Now Jul 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM

      My wife and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary in santa barbara for a couple days in November and then moving a little farther north to other wine areas. What are the good wineries in the area? Is there something like a party bus that will drive you around from winery to winery so you don't have to worry about driving? We are also looking for some nightlife. Are there any good adult oriented bars in the area? Thanks.

      11 Answers Nov 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM
    • Las Vegas to California

      by HildaP Online Now Mar 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

      My husband and I will be driving from Las Vegas to Cali in late July. We love the beach and would also like to visit some wineries. We will be flying back from Los Angeles. Would like to spend one night in Santa Barbara and one night the last night in LA that leaves me with one night not accounted for. Any suggestions as to where we should go. Any suggestions on what to do..our first time there..

      5 Answers Mar 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM
    • 24 Hrs in SB

      by nino224 Online Now Feb 27, 2010 at 2:25 AM

      Arriving in SB around noon on a Sunday and leaving early the next morning to catch a flight. I've read about the beach and pier to watch the dolphins. Town Hall tower for aerial views, and the trolley for a spin around town.
      Any other must-do's I can squeeze into 12 hours?

      Also read where someone suggested finding a hotel on State street and keeping clear of Haley St. Is that right?

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2010 at 1:34 AM
    • summer housing in isla vista

      by grolsh66 Online Now Mar 1, 2009 at 3:07 PM

      Myself and three of my friends are going to california for the summer and are looking for a house to rent. I've been told that isla vista in santa barbara is the place to be!

      It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could tell me how I would go about getting accommodation in isla vista?

      1 Answer Mar 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM
    • Surprise Birthday Trip For My Boyfriend

      by iluvpinkerton Online Now Sep 12, 2008 at 2:11 PM

      I'm planning a surprise weekend trip to Santa Barbara area for my boyfriend's birthday in mid-october. I was wondering if anyone has good ideas for where to stay, dine, etc.

      here is what I'm looking for:
      *a nice bed and breakfast that is quaint and quiet (price range 100-150 per night)
      *a nice (but not ridiculously expensive) restaurant (I'm thinking around100 for dinner + wine for two)
      *favorite wineries
      *a nice picnic area for lunch
      *a nice brunch for sunday morning

      any recommendations would be great! Thanks!

    • traveling from SB to Carpinteria

      by msuero21 Online Now Aug 1, 2008 at 6:52 PM

      I will be traveling to California for the first time. Other than car rental... What other transportation would be feasible from the Santa Barbara Airport to Carpinteria Ave. in the Carpinteria South area, located about 20 miles away?
      Is there public transportation? How much would taxi service cost?

      1 Answer Aug 2, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    • Need a scent free place to stay (late July)

      by tecolata Online Now Jun 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

      I am coming to Santa Barbara late July and need to stay one night in a Bed & Breakfast, lodging or anyplace with a bed and shower that uses no scented cleaning products, laundry detergents, etc. Hotels are out of the question. I don't want to sleep in my car. Any ideas?

      1 Answer Jul 10, 2008 at 9:41 PM
    • Helping a friend

      by inmaculada31 Online Now Feb 25, 2008 at 8:46 AM


      A friend of mine that knows that I´ll be travelling to California in July asked me the favour of finding out why Santa Barbara has that name.

      She is a teacher in a small village in the north of the island called Santa Barbara ( Icod ).Her mother told her that ,when she was a child, the priest said that Santa Barbara in California was founded by a man, a priest, who was born here, in Santa Barbara, Tenerife. She wants her students to do a search of that but first she need to know if that is truth. I´m wondering if you are good enough to tell me if that information is right or you know who can help me to get this information.
      Why Santa Barbara is called like that?

      Thank you for your help

      4 Answers Feb 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM
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      a day in santa ynez valley and a day in santa barbara

      by sheisaeval Online Now Feb 24, 2008 at 5:56 AM

      Anyway, next month (march) I am spending two days (well, two full days, plus the first day's evening, I'll be leaving the morning of the day after)
      Anyway, for my first full day, we will have a car available and will be driving around the Santa Ynez Valley. Here are some things we are thinking about doing:

      Chamush painted caves shp (does this cost?)
      clairmont farms
      zaca mesa winery
      quicksilver ranch
      solvang - visiting danish bakeries (any suggestions?), santa ines?
      nojoqui falls

      And then our full Santa Barbara day we WONT have a car, so:
      Alice keck park
      el presidio
      sb contemporary arts forum
      farmers market
      stearns wharf
      chase palm park

      Any other suggestions or what to do or see? We prefer cheap/free things if possible.

      Also, what are some places we can get some good picnic food (but not too pricy) if we decide to picnic in the santa ynez valley while we're there?

      6 Answers Mar 26, 2008 at 3:49 PM
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      SB birthday freebies?

      by sheisaeval Online Now Feb 12, 2008 at 10:36 AM

      If one is in SB during their birthday, is there any restaurants, stores, or anything in town that will give freebies or discounted meals/items for someone during their birthday?

      1 Answer Mar 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM
    • Housing Wanted Summer 2008!!

      by irishgirls Online Now Jan 7, 2008 at 9:21 AM


      We are 6 Irish students going to California for the Summer months June,July and August. We are looking for accomodation in Isla Vista, preferably 2 bedrooms. Furnished/Not furnished. If you know anyone who would like to rent their house to us please contact us as soon as possible.


    • From Santa Barbara to Yosemite

      by epsom60 Online Now Oct 4, 2007 at 1:24 PM

      Hello everyone,
      Will be travelling from Santa Barbara to Yosemite during the day. Any suggestion for fantastic "pit-stops" or great lunch adventure along the way. Would appreciate any comment.

      5 Answers Oct 17, 2007 at 12:23 PM

      by corugo Online Now Sep 5, 2007 at 7:42 AM


      5 Answers Sep 19, 2007 at 10:03 PM
    • First time in CA and Santa Barbara

      by Arianeg01 Online Now Aug 28, 2007 at 12:10 PM

      Hi all,

      I will be travelling to Santa Barbara in 2 weeks time from the East coast with my boyfriend who is going for business. I need some suggestions on what to do by myself around that area during the week. I will have a rental car. I'm very much into the outdoors, hiking, etc. but I'm not sure if I feel comfortable doing that on my own. On the weekend we will probably hit some wineries and hopefully take a day trip to Sequoia or Channel Islands NP. I've read about Santa Barbara botanic gardens which sounds great and I guess I will hit the beach at least one of the days. Any other ideas?

      2 Answers Aug 29, 2007 at 7:37 AM