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    • Transportation from airport to Lombard Street

      San Francisco Jan 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM

      Hi,

      outside of public transportation, is there an easier route to get from the airport to Lombard Street? Does Uber provide service in these areas?

      Thanks!

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    • best location for family

      Santa Monica Feb 2, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Travelling in June from San Francisco to LA, where is the best place to stay. We are looking at Santa Monica

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    • Where to explore from Petaluma??

      Petaluma Jan 14, 2016 at 5:40 PM

      We will be at a wedding in Petaluma late February. We are looking to do some birding, hiking,
      spend some time in nature in general for 3-4 days. We have been to Muir Woods and Yosemite...
      what would be your recommendations ? Maybe spending one night in 3 or 4 different locations
      up the coast? TIA

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    • Visiting Sequoia Natiional Park in February

      Sequoia National Park Yesterday

      Visiting Sequoia National Park for one day in mid-February. I will be in a rental car. Are there routes into the park via highways without chain restrictions on vehicles? Having a hard time finding information online.

      I would like to take a snowshoe tour, but will not be able to put chains on my vehicle.

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      Getting from Orange to HB

      Huntington Beach Jan 25, 2016 at 4:53 PM

      Hi there, i'm traveling to Orange for work and staying at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Anaheim until Friday. i have booked a room in Huntington Beach solo Friday night-Sunday AM (will be flying out Sunday from John Wayne) I unfortunately am one year shy of being of age to rent a car and will need to find a economical and semi-easy way of getting to HB from my hotel or somewhere nearby. Any suggestions would help!

      Also, how early would you suggest I leave HB on Sunday to make an 11 AM flight out of John Wayne?

      Thanks!

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    • Quick Question - Where to Stay

      Yosemite National Park Jan 10, 2016 at 10:52 AM

      Logically is it more sensible to stay in Wawona, in the Village or somewhere close to a shuttle route if we want to do the typical tours? Is there a shuttle from the Wawona hotel to the Valley? Many thanks, Tony

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    • Transportation from airport to Lombard Street

      San Francisco Jan 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM

      Hi,

      outside of public transportation, is there an easier route to get from the airport to Lombard Street? Does Uber provide service in these areas?

      Thanks!

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    • 5 days in Yosemite

      Yosemite National Park Jan 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM

      We'll have 5 days in Yosemite at the end of an RV trip starting in Las Vegas - active family of 5 with 3 old (!) teenagers - does anyone have recommendations on which walks/hikes we should definitely do/RV parks we should stay in? Very conscious of the 5 month booking window and won't miss that - any recommendations gratefully received! Also looking at white water rafting - emailed Whitewater Voyages a week ago but have yet to hear from them - any other operators anyone would recommend? Many thanks

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    • Hiking in California

      California Jan 8, 2016 at 5:19 PM

      Hi,

      I am from the New Jersey area and I hike in the Adirondacks (46, 4000 footers), New Hampshire (48, 4000 footers) and the Catskills (35, 3500 footers). Each of these areas has a group of mountains you can work towards. I am thinking about hiking in California and I was wondering if you know of any such group of mountains in California? I would appreciate any help you could offer or any website you can point me towards.

      Britney

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      Things to Do - Solo Trip

      Huntington Beach Jan 25, 2016 at 5:27 PM

      Hi there! I'm traveling for work to Orange this week and decided to travel solo and stay in HB friday-sunday. Any suggestions for things to do or sightseeing? I'm not really into the whole shopping scene, more of an artsy/nature type of girl. Any sites or places close to HB i should make a point of visiting? Thank you!!

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    • Need help planning itinerary

      Yosemite National Park Jan 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      Hi there- We are from the East coast and visiting Yosemite via SF in mid July with three kids aged 4-11. We have reservations in Yosemite Valley for 3 nights and then were hoping to head up to Tahoe area for 4-5 nights before heading back to SF for our flight home.
      1) What parts of the park (must-sees) can we cover on our drive up to Tahoe? What is the best way to drive to see the sights but not too far out of the way. We are okay with making a few small stops along the way to check things out.
      2) Any recommendations for what town to stay in Tahoe area (don't need to be near casinos so probably CA side on North side of the lake?? Open to thoughts/what to do. There is so much information out there and its hard to know where to focus in. This is obviously a big trip for us so hope we can see everything we want to see.
      3) Any of the gold rush towns that would be convenient either on drive from Yosemite valley- Tahoe or Tahoe to SF? I guess we could go from SF- Yosemite route as well- just don't want to do extra hours of driving with kids if we don't have to.

      Any other tips on any of the above on what we should do/see/eat are much appreciated! We can't wait!!

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    • How safe is the area in 7th St. / Howard St.

      San Francisco Feb 1, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      Hi there, I will stay over the weekend in San Francisco to see the concert in AT&T park on Saturday. I rented an apartment through Airbnb at the corner 7th St. / Howard St. I read a lot to find out about the safety there but I'm still not clear.. Is it safe to stay there and walk during day and night? I planned to walk to the AT&T park and back late night, would this be ok? Thank you for your help! I travel alone...cheers

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    • Best Things to Do for Teenagers, SF Area and Sports

      San Francisco Jan 21, 2016 at 12:23 PM

      Hi, I am taking my family of 6 to America from Ireland in July 2016.
      My children will be 13,17,17 and 18.

      We are staying in Mill Valley but want to spend most of our trip in San Francisco.
      We are all crazy about sports so was wondering sports wise whats happening during this time? Basketball,Baseball,American Football (prices etc)? Anything local?

      We are hoping to spend a day in Santa Cruz as we would love to see some sun being from Ireland, would this be worth it and is there any other sunny places you would recommend And also perhaps take a overnight trip to Lake Tahoe.

      We will be doing typical tourist things such as Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge etc but could anyone suggest something which isn't a typical tourist thing that would worth doing/seeing? We really want to get a taste of life as an American and don't want to do all typical tourist stuff! We have a car can go anywhere!

      As we will be staying around mill valley is there anything around here(within a couple of hours travelling) we could do to get a taste of California life?

      Best place for shopping?

      Any other advise? Stuff for teenagers?

      Apologies for all the questions, if anyone could answer even just one it would be so helpful! We are hoping for the holiday of a lifetime so really want to make it worth it!
      Thank you so so much to anyone who replies.

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    • Transportation from LAX to Hollywood Blvd

      Los Angeles Jan 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM

      Hi,

      outside of public transportation, is there an easier route to get from LAX to Hollywood Blvd? Does Uber provide service in these areas?

      Thanks!

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      RV Sites, Help!

      Yosemite National Park Jan 21, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      Need some help!

      Booked flights last week, with a plan to fly into SFO, rent and RV and spend 5 nights in Yosemite. Fast forward to today, and the main campgrounds are fully booked for the week we chose in May. Wawona and Hogdon Meadow are still available. I used the NPS chat feature to inquire about these, but they weren't too helpful. The most that I got was that Wawona was a 45min drive from the Valley.

      So my question then is....What's my best option for an RV, closest to the main "attraction" hikes? I started some research but with only 1 or two spaces left I feel like I need to decide ASAP and I have no sense of the area!! Would we have to move the RV daily and drive into the park? Is there shuttle/bus service from these campgrounds? Are there any better privately run options?? Help!

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      Old Town area lunch

      San Diego Jan 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM

      I want to take my granddaughters (9 & 8) out to lunch in Old Town to celebrate a birthday while we are there in Feb. Where would be a good place?

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    • Transportation from SFO airport to Marina District

      San Francisco Jan 30, 2016 at 4:01 PM

      Hello
      I have rented an apartment for a week in the Marina District. What's the best / easiest way to get there from the Airport?
      Not sure we want to take public transit. Convenience is definitely our priority with jet lag and luggage in tow.
      How much would a taxi cost? Is it a flat fare?
      Maybe a limo service? Uber?

      Thank you?

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    • What to wear February 2016

      Long Beach Jan 24, 2016 at 6:43 AM

      What to wear for a casual beach wedding followed by lunch at Ki's
      What to wear for cocktails at the Pelican resort bar
      What to wear for sightseeing in SanDiego

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      Is there anything we can do to stop or fight this?

      Yosemite National Park Jan 15, 2016 at 5:33 PM

      Shame on Delaware North, the corporation that previously ran the concession contract at Yosemite National Park. They lost their bid to continue the contract and is now showing just how greedy they are. They have trademarked the names of the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village among other things and is trying to prevent the National Park Service and new concessionaire from using these names. Delaware North wants to be paid $50 million for use of the names, including that of Yosemite National Park.

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    • Road trip destinations advice ?

      California Feb 4, 2016 at 1:40 PM

      Hey! I'm hoping I can gain some advice from you all!
      My boyfriend and I will be having a holiday in California this September! We plan to stop over at a few different places during our break! So far we have decided on and booked the beginning and end of our trip!
      San Francisco - 3 nights
      Las Vegas - 4 nights
      We have 15 nights away in total.
      After our stay in San Francisco we are a bit confused/undecided on what to do. We want to visit Yosemite for 3 nights after but wasn't sure wether to take one night and drive down the big Sur and stay over then drive into Yoesmite? After Yosemite we plan to drive to LA and stay there for 4-5 nights dependent on if we take the extra night to drive the big Sur.
      I guess in a long winded way im asking is it worth it to do this extra driving or should we just go straight on to Yosemite after San Francisco ? In my mind I wonder if it will be a big drive and a little anticlimactic when we arrive there!
      Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated :)

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      California trip, El Nino

      California Jan 7, 2016 at 1:09 AM

      Hello, we are French and we live in Paris. We have a trip in the south of California for February 2016. The original plan was to go in Los Angeles, and then to rent a car to go to Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Prescott and finally Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.
      However with El Nino and the thunderstorms and mudslides, the road trip should be difficult.... We aren't interested to come in California just to visit museums... and to see a lot of rain... even if rain could be a good thing for this state after years and years of drought.
      Obviously there are more to come in the next 2 months...
      Do you think it will be better to cancel that trip or to wait a little ?

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    • Discounts/Donation for Girl Scouts

      by cozycampers Online Now Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Hi, My girl scout trip sold cookies to go to Catalina Island. We would like to stay one or two nights over the summer (could be weekdays or weekend). We have earned enough money for the boat ride over to the island and one or two activities but not we don't have much for lodgings. I need a place for 10 people, a hotel or condo, not picky. Do any of you know anyone or any place that offers discounts or will donate a night stay to girl scouts? We are willing to do service hours to help pay for the stay. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

      Thanks a bunch.

      3 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    • rain ? ? ?

      by onikkio Online Now Feb 25, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      Yikes, this weekend a storm is supposed to come and we've already planed a getaway to Catalina.
      Anyone been to Catalina when it's been raining?
      What's there to do???
      Help x 10 !

      )

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM
    • Dog-Friendly activities or beaches on Catalina Island?

      by beachexplore90046 Online Now Aug 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      I have heard mixed reviews on the dog-friendliness of Catalina Island. I hear Avalon is not as pet-friendly as the north side of the island. Any ideas on what activities are available to sweet lab on the island?

      Thank you so much!

      3 Answers Aug 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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      Where do you go to get to Catalina Is?

      by Sallyjjjmmm Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Where do you go to get to Catalina Is?

      3 Answers Feb 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM
    • Hamilton Cove Villas?

      by euro_travel3 Online Now Oct 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

      Hello -

      My husband and I are planning to spend a couple days this December for our 1st Anniversary and are looking to stay at a nice, romantic place with ocean views. I have looked online the last couple days and so far have only liked Hamilton Cove Villas. The catch is that once I book a villa its non-refundable. I am a little hesistant to book without really hearing reviews from people on the particular villa we are interested in booking (based on availability). The villa we are interested in is 2-45.

      Any comments/suggestions??

      I would like to book within the new few days while its still available..

      Any feedback is appreciated.

      Thanks :)

      PT.

      4 Answers Oct 13, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    • Car Transport

      by snobrdchic Online Now Aug 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

      Is there a drive on Ferry? I plan to go camping and will have a loaded up van that I want to take to the island.

      7 Answers Sep 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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      Hotel for one night on weekend

      by HarmoniousBotch Online Now May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

      All of the hotels that I have contacted so far insist on a minimum two night stay on weekends. While I can appreciate that this does make sense for them, it does not fit my schedule. Anybody know of a hotel that will rent for just a Saturday night?

      Or does anyone want to split it, and also stay just one day on the weekend of July 16th/17th/18th?

      Any other bits of advice about where to stay are appreciated too.
      Thanks

      1 Answer May 14, 2010 at 10:43 PM
    • weddings

      by boolu Online Now Dec 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM

      Is it possible to have a wedding at the Inn on Mt ada?

    • catalina island, california accommodation and tour question

      by ltt Online Now Apr 3, 2008 at 12:04 PM

      i'm considering a 2 night stay on catalina island at the end of september. i'm female, 40 and travelling alone. i've done some research already but wanted to hear some recommendations from you. i prefer not to spend a fortune - around150/night - like a quiet place, don't need fancy just clean, like to have a tv and walking distance to the beach and ocean view desirable (but not necessary).
      is the submarine tour much better then the glass bottom boat tour? any recommended spots that have better snorkeling then others?
      thanks for your help. appreciate it.

      3 Answers Apr 5, 2008 at 1:38 PM
    • Catalina island /cheap golf carts

      by davidicondotcom Online Now Aug 3, 2007 at 1:23 PM

      where can i find the most inexpensive golf carts to rent ?? 10$??

      1 Answer Feb 23, 2008 at 2:02 AM
    • snorkelling at Lovers' Cove

      by teresacountryman Online Now Jan 28, 2007 at 8:13 PM

      There's a team of three guys conducting snorkelling tours of Lovers' Cove for groups from cruise ships (one of the three is named Eric). What is the name of their business and how do I contact them?

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      Going to Catalina in June...Anyone know any great HOTEL PACKAGES (including tours, transportation)?

      by bettyo70 Online Now May 12, 2006 at 11:40 AM

      Hey Everybody,

      Want to escape to Catalina in June. We love doing eco tours, underwater boat tours, hiking, etc.

      Does anyone know of a hotel offering great complete package deals?

      We like cute, relaxing small hotels. We're not in to "roughing it" too much.

      THANKS!

      3 Answers May 13, 2006 at 5:54 PM
    • Any seashells on Catalina beaches??

      by carlaburro Online Now Sep 18, 2005 at 1:19 AM

      Hi. We will be on the island 9/20, just a few days away. Can anyone suggest scenic beaches and if any have seashells? Thank you.

      1 Answer Sep 22, 2005 at 10:23 AM
    • Flying Fish??

      by carlaburro Online Now Sep 6, 2005 at 2:44 AM

      Hello. My hubby & I will be on the island 9/20/05. We were wondering if the famous "Flying Fish" can still be seen at night from our cruise ship? Also can you recommend pretty areas & beaches (not for swimming) that might have seashells? Thank you, Carla

    • There for 1 day (cruise) - What should we do?

      by firsttime Online Now Sep 4, 2005 at 3:27 PM

      We arrive on Santa Catalina Island, Tuesday, October 18, 2005 celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. We arrive at 8:00AM and depart at 5:00PM. What are the "must see's" on Santa Catalina Island .

      3 Answers Sep 5, 2005 at 3:34 PM
    • I Want To Live In Santa Catalina Island Any Apartment Rentals?

      by SoLetItBe Online Now Aug 1, 2005 at 8:26 PM

      If anyone could please give me names of Aparment Rentals or/and
      a source to check private Rentals on the Island please send
      it my way. I'm in my planning phase and would like to move in the
      next month or two any recommendations or advice would be greatly
      appreciated. :)

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2005 at 9:10 PM
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      Any advice for how to take a last minute, inexpensive jaunt to Catalina Island?

      by AprilJanell Online Now Dec 23, 2004 at 3:23 PM

      Hi. My name is April. I've been a member of VT for a while now. I just relocated from Austin to Los Angeles. Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Catalina Island for the first time...a friend of mine was married there. It has stuck in my mind ever since. I even hold it slightly responsible for my relocation to California. I am not able to go home for the holidays...because of work...but I do have the 25th & the 26th off. I just had the random idea today to go to the island to spend the holiday! I know it a long shot...finances are a little tight & I know I'd have to get ferry tickets and all that...find a last minute inexpesive place to stay (if possible)...but I'm a trooper, so I thought I'd check with my VT pals...network a little bit...maybe you guys know of someone who rents their place out if they are gone...who has a boat and does chartering and wouldn't mind on christmas day. This is a very untraditional holiday for me, but it doesn't have to be a sad thing...and I can't think of a better place to spend it! Please let me know if you can help and happy holidays to you and yours. I'll also check your VT travel pages if you live on the island...for tips on food and lodging...mostly lodging...the beauty is enough to take in... Thank you for your time. Sincerely, April

      4 Answers Dec 24, 2004 at 4:44 PM
    • Snokeling

      by lryder71 Online Now Sep 23, 2004 at 1:18 PM

      We will be in the Long Beach/Catalina area around the 20th of October. Is it still warm enough to snorkle? We're coming from ND so 60-65 degrees water temp is warm. Is it best to set up a guided tour, or can we just do it on our own as we will bring our own equipment? Any pointers on the best place to go off the shoreline?

      2 Answers Sep 26, 2004 at 12:52 PM
    • Where can I park for less than $11/ day

      by spencerette Online Now Jul 29, 2004 at 11:00 AM

      I'm going to Catalina this weekend and would like to know if there are any parking lots other than the one recommended by Catalina Express and the other boat companies which runs11/ day. There must be another choice. Please let me know if you have ever parked somewhere else, what the price was and what you found. Thank you.

      1 Answer Jul 30, 2004 at 11:43 AM
    • Traveling with 3 kids

      by redheat Online Now Jul 9, 2004 at 12:51 PM

      Which hotel would you recommend to stay with kids: 14, 9, 3?

      2 Answers Jul 10, 2004 at 12:12 PM
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      carnival cruise

      by MStars Online Now Jul 6, 2004 at 11:12 PM

      has anyone recently gone on the carnival 4 night cruise from long beach to catalina and ensenada? i heard some not so good things about it, how was your overall experience?

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      Hotels and things to do on Catalina Island

      by kdb92 Online Now Jun 17, 2004 at 1:44 PM

      Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay on catalina island? Also, what kinds of things are there to do there?

      10 Answers Jul 16, 2004 at 2:26 PM
    • Private Boater Needed

      by Davexx Online Now Nov 26, 2002 at 8:31 PM

      My wife and I fly into Long Beach on our way to Catalina Island on January 8. Unfortuately, we get in about the same that as the last commercial boat to Catalina leaves. I am hoping to hire a private boater to take us over to Catalina, leaving Long Beach at about 6:30 PM. Do you know anyone who would be willing to do this? Thanks for your help. Dave Townsend townsenddw@aol.com 425-746-4523

      3 Answers Sep 25, 2004 at 11:11 PM