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    • Restaurants

      Red Bluff May 21, 2015 at 7:29 PM

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

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    • site images

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

      are images available of sites 57 and 59?

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      Seashells at the beach

      Anaheim May 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      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?

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    • Mamoth lake visit?

      Mammoth Lakes May 20, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      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!!!

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    • 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?

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    • 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

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    • 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

      Hello

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

      Thanks

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    • Golden Gate Bridge - original print from local/Californian photographer

      San Francisco May 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      Hi, I have visited San Francisco a number of times and love the Golden Gate Bridge. I would like an original print from a local or Californian photographer. I would like some suggestions if possible of photographers. I love the style of Ansel Adams, very natural & black and white. Can anyone recommend anyone? I am due to visit San Francisco in August and would like to pick it up then from a gallery or studio but can understand if I would be better buying online from here in the UK.

      Any help would be most appreciated!

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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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    • 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!

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    • 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

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    • 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 :)

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      R2D2 Popcorn Bucket

      Anaheim May 20, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      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!

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    • Suitable Clothing & Weather

      California May 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Hi,
      My husband & I are driving from San Francisco up into the wineries, then to Carmel, Santa Barbara, Long Beach & ending up in San Diego.
      1) Can anyone answer me on what the weather will be like from 12th June - 27th June in these areas?
      2) Do people dress smartly to eat in restaurants/hotels in the evenings? And what about the day time attire?
      3) How's best to get to hotel in San Francisco from International Airport. Bus/Taxis?
      Thanks,
      JBH1

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    • 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.

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    • 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?

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    • 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!

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    • 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

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    • Monterey,Cambria, Los Angeles

      San Francisco May 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      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?

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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