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    • Family drive Yosemite NP to Death Valley in April

      Yosemite National Park 46 minutes ago

      Hello. Our family of 4 (2 kids under 5 years old) are looking to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas in April next year via Yosemite and Death Valley. We have several days to do this. Looks like Highway 120 is closed that time of year so how do we set about planning our adventure? Can anyone help us out with insider knowledge, useful hints and tips please, especially routes. Thanks.

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      Motor home rental in California, recommendation on company and location.

      California 1 hours ago

      A couple of friends, from Europe, will be flying into California and want to rent a Motor Home to tour the state and are looking for a recommendation on company and location. This is for preliminary planing and he currently owns a Motor Home and is thus experienced in driving a small to medium sized one. All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. How are the State and National parks in California?

    • Recommended destinations in Death Valley

      Death Valley National Park Sep 24, 2016 at 2:21 PM

      Flying to LA from UK mid December. I'm then hiring car and driving to Death Valley, probably staying at hotel in Furnace Creek which I recall from last trip 25 years ago. Two nights stay before driving on. So I'd appreciate recommendations on any 'must see' places in/around Death Valey please. Also possible solo hiking, say 5-8 miles? Oh, and what weather can I expect?

      Terry, East Grinstead, UK

    • Great Star Theater

      San Francisco Sep 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      How safe is The Great Star Theater in Chinatown at night? (6-10pm)

    • San Jose to San Francisco: making the most of the Bay Area

      San Francisco Sep 19, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      We're going to be spending some time in the Bay Area at the end of Sept. We'll be in San Jose for 3 days. I want to attend a concert at Mountain Winery and go to the Tech Museum. We will go to San Francisco and fly home from there. Any recommendations for getting to Mountain Winery? Also hotels and good ethnic restaurants.

    • What to do in Saratoga and San Francisco in October?

      San Francisco Sep 5, 2016 at 8:22 PM

      I'm attending a conference in Saratoga in October that will last 3-4 days. I would like recommendations for hotels and things to do in the afternoon and evenings. I'm interested in wine tastings and would like to go to the tech museum. I will not have a car. Once the conference is over, I will take the train to San Francisco. I know there is a lot to see in the city, so would love some ideas about where to stay and how to make the best use of my time.

    • what is mexican colony?

      Mexican Colony Sep 3, 2016 at 4:40 PM

      what is mexican colony?

    • SF/LV/LA trip itinerary help

      California 3 hours ago

      Hi everyone, I am travelling for the first time to California, and need a bit of assistance. I am landing at LAX at roughly 13:30, and should probably be out of the airport by 14:30. Our trip will be mid January for a total of 17 days. And I have already got flights from SFO-LAS, and then LAS-LAX. All the accommodation is already booked, now its all about the finer details to the trip.

      Part 1: The first bit of info that I need is regarding getting from LAX to San Francisco, I have been advised to take the PCH and stop over for the night in Morro Bay/Cayucos, then drive early the next day to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a few hours before making our way to San Francisco. I have read many forums saying its not advisable to make that trip in 1 day, as theres too much to see, which I agree with... Unfortunately its that or take a flight direct to San Francisco. Please can you tell me if it is at all worth making that drive, or just taking a flight.

      Part 2: We will spend 5 nights in San francisco, and I am struggling to define what are must do's, as so many people recommend different things... right now this is my plan, please critique it,and help me make the right choices.

      Day 1: Arrive at the hotel mid day in Fishermans Wharf, spend an hour or two relaxing at the hotel, then going out to explore the Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli's and maybe catch the evening tour of Alcatraz. Return and have dinner close to the hotel.
      Day 2: Head out just after sunrise, taking the Cable car from Fishermans Wharf to Market street, and will probably walk to the Ferry Building and explore there, then make our way back to Union Square, and up to china town and exploring there. Afterwards, taking the cable car to Lombard street, then head back to the hotel, relax before dinner and find a nice area to eat with some music.

      Side note -- please can you tell me if i fit too many or too little things per day

      Day 3: Up and out early again to Steiner Str to walk through the park and see the Pink Ladies. Up to Golden Gate Park and the Academy of Science, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Japanese Tea Garden. then to the Golden gate bridge, will probably rent a bicycle and cycle to the other end... We would love to from here, go to Muir woods, spend an hour there, before making our way back to the hotel, again relax a bit, then go out for dinner.
      Day 4 : This day is still up for debate, but my wife would love to see Yosemite for the day... I know that you can easily spend a week without seeing everything, but the thought is that while we are on the west coast, we should make the effort to see the park, or at least as much as we can in 1 day.
      Day 5 : Take a small group tour to Napa and spend the day exploring the wineries.

      Part 3 : Departing to Vegas at around 11am, spending 3 nights there. This part of the trip is pretty much easy enough to plan for, but the highlight would be a helicopter trip to the grand canyon.

      Part 4 : Depart Vegas to LAX, we will be spending 4 nights staying in Hollywood area, and another 4 nights saying in Anaheim. Now for this part of the journey, we LOVE theme parks, and we are dedicating 3-4 days to it.

      Day 1 : Land at LAX at 13:00, make our way to the hotel, relax for a few hours, then off to see Hollywood BLVD, for the rest of the night.
      Day 2 : Drive to Six Flags Magic Mountain ( Never been to a Six Flags before, looking forward to it).
      Day 3 : Universal Studios
      Day 4 : Tour around LA (Please help me which things to see)
      Day 5 : Move to the new hotel in Anaheim, and explore the area for the day
      Day 6 : DisneyLand
      Day 7 : Disney Adventure

      Side Note: Let me know if 2 days is too much for these 2 parks.

      Day 8 : Still debatable, was thinking of driving to San diego for the last day.

      We fly out the next morning at 1AM, so don't want to do too much on the last day... pretty much just relax.

      That you all in advance for the advise and I look forward to you responses.

    • Silicon Valley in October; hotels and restaurants

      California Sep 12, 2016 at 4:37 PM

      We're going to be in Silicon Valley for a wedding in October. We want to stay in either Saratoga or Los Gatos. We'd like recommendations for hotels and restaurants. We plan to stay on for a few days, and will probably take the train to San Francisco, though we may rent a car.

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      Whats the best beach to spend the night between San Diego and Ventura

      California Sep 12, 2016 at 8:24 PM

      Im planning a short car trip through the beaches between San Diego and Ventura and after go to L.A. But ive never been in this area, I dont know if it's possible to do that, i read about the highway 01 and I would like some tips about it. If one day it's enough to do this, or if there is some place that worth spending the night at... Or visiting some island nearby! i have no idea what to do ☺️

    • What the parks service don't say

      Yosemite National Park Sep 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

      We're from the UK and have bought an RV for our road trip which will be in stages. We would like to be in Yosemite in late April or early May, could be mid May. RV is 31 feet long, tow car say 15 feet with the connection. Should we abandon one or the other outside the park? Is there a campground that will accept both? Easy to disconnect and back in provided it's permitted to park alongside This would be the best option for retirees going out by day in the car and having a base to return to.

      Which camp ground/site number should we be hovering our mouse over when the dates are released? This is a very specific question but someone may know a goody or three.

      The Camp sites outside the park seem a very long way, talk of a 45 minute drive in doesn't really feel like the full Yosemite experience. Advice welcome.


    • Which Airport

      Dana Point Aug 31, 2016 at 3:56 PM

      I will be vacationing in Dana Point California. Which airport is the most convenient for me to get connections from Dana Point to Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada.

    • Visiting California for the first time for a football game

      San Francisco Yesterday

      I'm visiting CA for the first time for a football game in November. I will be in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium. I'm going to extend my stay and do some traveling to other parts of Northern CA. I'm thinking of either going to San Francisco and driving to Sonoma or Napa Valleys. I also have thought of driving along the coast to Monterey and Big Sur. I'm wondering if it makes sense to stay for any length of time in Silicon Valley. Are there things to do there that merit my spending more time?

    • Visiting Los Angeles this month

      Los Angeles Sep 1, 2016 at 4:01 AM

      Hello All, This is karthik from U.A.E. I am planning to visit Los Angeles (first visit to US) next week with my friend and we have booked car from rental website with coverage for a week, the following are included in the booking Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Third-Party Liability (TPL) Theft Protection (TP) Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) Uninsured Motorist Protection (UMP) Homeland Security Charge Local Taxes Premium Location Surcharge Unlimited kilometres. Up to 3 Additional Drivers aged 25 or over included. would you please advise is there anything we need to check/ensure in place while renting car in LA. We are planning to visit las vegas,grand canyon beaches and other tourist attractions...Pls share some information about parking, toll fee etc...

    • California Roadtrip & Yellowstone NP, When & What Car?

      California Aug 29, 2016 at 4:05 AM

      I'm planning a Roadtrip to California. I would arrive at Los Angeles. I want to see LA (2days are enough, been here before) Las Vegas Yosemite San Francisco Drive from SF to LA via Highway No1 with 1-2 stopover nights.

      And i want to see Yellowstone National Park by fly to Idaho/Jackson hole

      My timeframe would be around 20days.

      So when to go? I could go in Late April-Early June, or Septemper-October.

      Spring: Tioga Pass maybe still closed, for Yosmite i would have to go via Bakersfield Yosmite would have beautiful waterfalls LV Area is not so hot Coastal Weather at HGW1 would be not so good ( i head) Yellowstone nice

      Fall: Tioga Pass sure open No waterfalls, but maybe autumn colors? Coastal Weather is good (they write sep-oct is best for that) LV are not so hot Yellowstone nice

      What would you suggest. I read that Yellowstone is both nice in Spring and Fall so that is not the critical point. In Spring i maybe will hit Memorial Day what would result in high cost and many people?

      About the car, what would be best for this journey, is a 4x4 or so needed? I would go for a standard SUV thing, but maybe there's something better?


    • San Fran Nightlife

      San Francisco Sep 1, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Hi, I'm from england - I'm of simple tastes a good nightlife scene (reasonably priced) & has a lot of pretty ladies - I'm 30. Is San Fran such a place for this? many thanks