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      VT meet in november

      Los Angeles Oct 18, 2016 at 12:01 AM

      Hi I am manish from India. i have set up a meeting in beverly hill in november. Hope to catch up with you and other VT locals. I would really love to meet you guys from LA and around. I know being a thanksgiving week, it might be difficult for all, but would love to meet as many locals as possible.

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      VT meet in LA

      Beverly Hills Oct 18, 2016 at 12:02 AM

      Hi I am manish from India. i have set up a meeting in beverly hill in november. Hope to catch up with you and other VT locals. I would really love to meet you guys from LA and around. I know being a thanksgiving week, it might be difficult for all, but would love to meet as many locals as possible.

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      Suggestion of Wineries

      Napa Oct 17, 2016 at 7:21 AM

      I'll be with my family in Napa. Could you suggest good/best wineries to visit and taste?

    • How good is the nightlife in Newport Beach?

      Newport Beach Oct 7, 2016 at 5:54 AM

      Hi all, I have 4-7 days to spare when I'm in the US next year. So am considering a few places. Is the nightlife any good? many thanks

    • Transport to Inyokern

      Lancaster Oct 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM

      What is the cheapest way to get from Lancaster CA to Inyokern. We have a shuttle booked with Antelope to get from LAX to Lancaster but need onward travel to Inyokern.

    • Handicapped Access

      Santa Catalina Island Sep 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      How would a person who is unable to walk far get around the island?

    • 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)

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

      California Sep 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      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

    • Taxi cost on Xmas Day

      Los Angeles Oct 10, 2016 at 2:39 AM

      Hi we arrive in LAX at 6.40pm on Xmas Day. Does anyone know how much it would cost to use Uber to get from LAX to Hotel on Walk of Fame. We're here for 13 nights and not renting a car - is it easy enough to get around using public transport

    • Visiting California for the first time for a football game

      San Francisco Sep 26, 2016 at 4:39 PM

      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?

    • Family drive Yosemite NP to Death Valley in April

      Yosemite National Park Sep 28, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      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.

    • SF/LV/LA trip itinerary help

      California Sep 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

      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.

    • Drive time/Traffic? LA to Big Sur~Better to go Fri-Sun or Sun. to Tues.

      by Boston617 Online Now Jul 12, 2016 at 12:50 AM


        Would it be better to plan a trip for "Option #1" leaving Friday 7/29 about 10am from LA & return Sun. 7/31. If we left by 10am on a Friday, would weekend travel already be picking up & travel times much longer than the 6-6.5 hours I've seen estimated as a general drive time ( without stops). If so, any sense of how much time it would add? It sounds like it's important to make it out past Santa Barbara before or after commute times & then traffic improves. We really didn't want to leave at 5 a.m. as I saw recommended on a few postings, so I thought it would be better to plan to leave about 10am and hope a.m. traffic had eased up.           Our "Option #2" = Leaving Sun. 7/31 10am from LA to Big Sur and return Tuesday 8/2. If we left LA for Big Sur on Sun 7/31 would we be going against the traffic and therefore have a shorter drive time? We want to make the most of the time we have in CA. This will be our first family trip together to CA.  I know we can make the ride a bit shorter if we skip portions of the PCH but we will stick to the scenic route as much as we can. So much great info. here....Thanks from Boston!

      5 Answers Jul 12, 2016 at 2:01 PM
    • Big Sur with Dogs

      by MichaelMichaels Online Now Oct 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      I am going to Big Sur over the weekend with my dog. What are the best attractions (hiking, beaches and lookouts) and accommodations (campgrounds and restaurants) that allow dogs?

      4 Answers Oct 8, 2015 at 10:32 AM
    • Accommodation for the 2015 Big Sur Marathon

      by nicolas_w Online Now Jan 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

      Hello Everybody,
      My wife and I will be running the Big Sur Marathon this year : 26th of April
      We are looking for a nice and convenient accommodation. Any suggestion ?

      Many Thanks,

      3 Answers Jan 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM
    • Hiking places with scenic views near Paso Robles

      by nsmur Online Now Aug 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      What are the best places to hike and walk around Paso Robles in 6 hours?

    • Public transit from Big sur or nearby?

      by jenzika Online Now Jun 25, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      I'll be needing a ride from Big Sur back to San Francisco in Mid August. Is there some form of public transit?

      8 Answers Oct 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM
    • Waves and surf?

      by slsl60 Online Now Jan 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I would like to photograph the Big Sur coast in March, if possible, when the waves will be big. Should I wait until the end of March so as to avoid as much rain as possible? I want sunny days.

      5 Answers Jun 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM
    • Will i be o.k if I have Fear of heights and at times get motion sickness?

      by Lorrainesco Online Now Nov 1, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      I have a fear of heights and can motion sickness from windy roads however I am thinking about driving from san Francisco to Big Sur and back. I am nervous after reading some of these comments I may be in trouble. Has anyone who has fear of heights gone this drive and found it wasn't that bad? The same question for people who get motion sickness, anyone who normally gets motion sickness successfully got through this drive without getting sick? This drive looks so amazing I would love to go but my husband is worrying it may not be worth it if I get sick and am in fear the whole time.

      14 Answers Nov 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM
    • Tent Camp site - All or mostly paved...

      by weavermarkr Online Now Aug 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I would like to know of a nice and available tent camping site that is either completely paved or nearly so...I will be there on a Harley Davidson touring bike, which is not real keen on dirt. Thanks so much!

      2 Answers Aug 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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      From Big Sur to San Francisco

      by robbye77 Online Now Feb 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Hi all, here I am again...
      I'm planning to drive from S. Francisco to Big Sur enjoying the landscape on the way down, and driving straight back to S. Francisco airport, staying overnight in Big Sur.
      My question is: do you think I can easily drive back in the morning to catch a flight leaving early in the afternoon or is it too risky? I can't get an idea of the time needed to drive the distance...!

      10 Answers Feb 14, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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      Returning back to Santa Barbara from Yosemite

      by happydancer Online Now Jan 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      we want to spend a night on the coast as we head back down to SB we are on a budget, where would you recommend we stay for one night? Thanks

      3 Answers Jan 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM
    • Driving to Hearst Castle

      by donwtait Online Now Nov 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Planning a daytrip to and back from Hearst Castle from Santa Clara & wondered if:
      1. Is it too much to try to do in one day?
      2. Is a Sunday or a (Mon/Tue) the better day choice for less for traffic, etc?
      3. Is driving Rte 1 trouble in the night and should take different route back to Santa Clara ?

      Any help would be appreciated..

      5 Answers Nov 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM
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      California Dreamin Trip being planned starting in Santa Barbara

      by happydancer Online Now Nov 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      will be coming in May 2012 with my 23 yr old daughter and I need info on a couple of places to stay, a cabin, cottage would like small place with frig and microwave, coffee maker of course we are on a budget. We plan to be in this area for 4 days and then head to Yosemite. Any suggestions most welcomed. Thanks

      5 Answers Nov 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    • big sur road washed away

      by michelleinsydney Online Now Apr 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      We were planning to drive down the big sur but heard it got washed away near bixby bridge. Can we still get to Garrapata state beach? if we cant drive the big Sur, where else can we go? What is the alternative route south to get to Cambria?

      3 Answers Apr 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    • sea otters

      by michelleava Online Now Feb 12, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      I will be driving from San Francisco down to Cambria in mid-april. I know I can hire a kayak and do a boat ( whale watch) trip in Monterey bay to see sea otters. Is there anywhere else along the coast where you can reliably see and photograph sea otters, particularly from a boat.

      3 Answers Feb 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM
    • Back country camping question fro Big Sur Area

      by badland11 Online Now Nov 19, 2010 at 8:57 PM


      I am looking to go camping with 2-3 friends in this area in mid December. We are all experienced backpackers, and are looking to get away from the mainstream campsites (not that anything will be too full this time of year). We would like to hike 5-10 miles into a campground (or area where we can make one). Any river/stream fishing near the camping area would be a bonus, but not necessary.

      Does anyone have any suggestions? They would be much appreciated. We have all camped in the Big Sur area, but usually in more popular campsites, and have not managed to get away from everyone else.



      6 Answers Nov 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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      Driving the Big Sur - advice

      by matt.safrica Online Now Aug 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM

      Hi all,

      I would love some advice please. We will be arriving in San Francisco in 3 weeks time. After a few days acclimatizing we will be driving down to Santa Barbara for a few days and then back up to San Franciso, with stops at Solvang and San Luis Obispo on the way. What I'm unsure of is it better to drive the Big Sur on the way down to Santa Barbara? Or is it better to drive it when we return back up to San Francisco?

      Many thanks, Matt

      3 Answers Aug 18, 2010 at 10:44 PM
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      by valerie7277 Online Now Aug 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

      Hi -- I'm looking to book massage appointments and visit the hot springs at Esalen. Any tips? Is it worth the extra money to stay the night there or just find another place in Big Sur?


      24 Answers Aug 20, 2010 at 7:10 AM
    • last minute Big Sur getaway memorial day weekend?

      by sadielady Online Now May 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

      I'm looking for one or two nights (Fri, Sat, or both) Memorial day weekend and I'm striking out. Anyone have a cabin or vacation rental with one or both of these nights available or have any tips for me for finding one? I've contacted all those on and craigslist and not having luck. All ideas welcome, and thank you in advance!!

      2 Answers May 25, 2010 at 5:05 PM
    • Coming to Big Sure in December...

      by LocalVagabond Online Now Nov 10, 2009 at 6:43 PM

      Hello this is my first post in the forum. It seems to have a lot of great info. I am looking for some good hikes in December. Ideally I'd like to spend 3-4 days hiking and camping any recommendations. My final destination is the LA area. Is there any hikes that would take me from the Big Sur area to within a couple hrs (driving) to LA? Any info or input is appreciated so long as it pertains to the central coast or just great day hikes. Are camping spots open in Dec. I am open for any suggestions and appreciate any guidance :) I'm coming from PA so not too familiar with the West Coast.

      2 Answers Nov 12, 2009 at 8:19 PM
    • Beach at MCWay Falls

      by ggrose Online Now Nov 10, 2009 at 2:52 PM

      Does anyone know a route to the beach shoreline at McWay Falls? I'd like to snap some pics from that vantage point

      3 Answers Nov 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM
    • Big Sur current conditions.

      by billyg93 Online Now Mar 2, 2009 at 6:27 AM

      I am coming to San Francisco at the end of March and was going to drive down to Big Sur to do some hiking. I know there were some fires about a year or so ago. How are the conditions for hiking and should I still come here or is it best to head to another area? Any recommended hikes are also welcome. Tks. Bill.

      1 Answer Mar 2, 2009 at 2:11 PM
    • Will Hwy 1 be safe in the rain on Christmas Eve

      by franciagaunt Online Now Dec 20, 2008 at 10:09 AM

      Rain is predicted on Christmas Eve in Big Sur. I will be driving up in the dark. This is suppose to be an enjoyable, although short trip. Any insight on the road conditions of Hwy 1 and would it be better to postpone?

      Any input from informed individuals will be appreciated.


      7 Answers Dec 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM
    • climbing and hiking in big sur in the winter

      by judahlev Online Now Sep 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

      anyone know about rockcliming/bouldering as well as hiking/backpacking oppurtunities in big sur in January. I don't know what the weather is like over there and what the options are...

      4 Answers Nov 1, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    • Carmel by The Sea to San Luis Obispo

      by phil_and_den Online Now Aug 23, 2008 at 5:05 AM


      Driving from Carmel to San Luis Obispo in September.

      Would ideally like to book a tour of Hearst Castle, but am worried about rushing through the Big Sur.

      This is our first trip to this region, and hotels are booked either end.

      Would you recommend not tying ourselves up with the Castle, or do you think we could fit it in?

      Suggested iterniaries and estimated timescales would be most welcome

      many thanks


      4 Answers Aug 25, 2008 at 2:47 PM
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      Beach Bonfires??

      by imdeg Online Now May 31, 2008 at 10:53 PM

      I'm heading to Big Sur for a weekend in a few weeks, and was wondering if any of the local beaches allow bonfires??

      2 Answers Jun 12, 2008 at 5:29 PM
    • Another question on the drive from LA to Monterey, Bigsur..

      by vishnuprasadh Online Now Aug 25, 2007 at 3:16 PM

      Hi All,

      I will drive up from LA to monterey and was wondering the best of the routes. Mapquest, google and yahoo provide options which are different.
      Option 1 : I-5 to CA 46W to 101N to CA68W
      Option 2 : I-5 to CA 152 to CA 156 to CA 1S
      Option 3 : I-5 to CA 33(1.5miles) to CA 198 to 101N to CA68W.

      Also on my way back, I plan to go from Monterey-BigSur-SanSimeon and then connect somewhere onto I5 rather than drive CA 1. Since, am the only driver, driving so much could be stressful and want to ensure that I opt the best.

      Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks very much guys.VT folks have always been very helpful..chz

      5 Answers Aug 26, 2007 at 9:24 AM
    • BigSur...have 2 days, suggestions please?

      by vishnuprasadh Online Now Aug 18, 2007 at 12:35 PM

      Hi All,
      Myself and my wife plan to spend around 4-5 days around the place of Monterey, BigSur and Hearst castle. I plan to drive down from LA to Monterey and spend the night there...
      On first day, take the 17 mile drive(need booking?), walk around cannery row, visit aquarium for the day..then move on to BigSur.
      Second day, just do some hiking around Bigsur's Point Lobos SR..and plan to relax here for 2 days.
      On the final day, drive towards Hearst castle(obviously need to book in advance) and drive back to LA.

      Since I am visiting the place the first time, want to know :
      a) Is there something else am missing out in Monterey/ a visit/hiking trip to Garland Ranch Regional Park worth ?
      b) I thought of doing hiking in Bigsur,we are just begineers and want to get some nice views around BigSur and dont want to miss em..any suggestions you have here?
      c) Since am planning to spend 2 days in BigSur want to know if its worth and could I do something more there?

      Any pointers would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

      6 Answers Aug 20, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    • Big Sur/Hwy 1: Nacimiento-Ferguson Road

      by bandjbarclay Online Now Jul 31, 2007 at 9:30 AM

      My wife & I from UK have been visiting Big Sur for 30 years but have never ventured far up the Nacimiento Road. Know it is all unpaved but some sources say "best avoided" although the views are magnificent..we are coming mid-October, will be driving from LA & SLO up to Big Sur & thought it might be good instead of going via Ragged Point etc. as usual, to go via Paso Robles & the Fort Hunter Liggett base and across the Sta Lucia mountains using the Nacimiento-Ferguson road. Can anyone reassure us that it will (normally) be passable please? If so, should we upgrade the rental car to a 4WD SUV? Any advice gratefully received.

      8 Answers Jan 25, 2008 at 5:47 PM
    • How to Get to Big Sur...

      by Tenn4ever Online Now Apr 4, 2007 at 7:33 PM

      We're visiting Big Sur in early June. We'll be arriving in California(driving) from Reno. I really wanted to travel up the coast from Big Sur (south to north) but upon studying the map it appears that it's going to be more practical to start from the north and travel south. Any thoughts on this?

      7 Answers Apr 6, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    • Big Sur in March

      by Nelida65 Online Now Feb 26, 2007 at 1:10 PM

      I will be traveling from NJ to LA in March. I am interested in taking the drive to BIG SUR from Burbank CA. Is there a specific point that has breathtaking views and cafe, shopping in all in one? Will just be going for the day.


      6 Answers Mar 1, 2007 at 12:34 PM