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      Santa Barbara 9 hours ago

      Spending 4 days in Santa Barbara early in March after time in LA. Looking either for a VRBO place or a hotel, preferably with a kitchen area for brkfast. No need for the beach as we live on one on the East Coast, but trying to find the recommended areas to stay with walkable restaurants when we return from our daily touring.


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      San Diego 9 hours ago

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      VT meet in LA

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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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      Suggestion of Wineries

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

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      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?

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      Los Angeles Oct 21, 2016 at 6:09 AM

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

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    • 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.

    • No public transit to/in Joshua Tree?

      by fgordon1 Online Now Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

      The want thousands of cars driving in/through the state park? Sort ot the antithesis of a park, no?
      I have been unable to find ANY public transit from Palm Springs to/in Joshua Tree.
      Anytone know of any?

      6 Answers Feb 15, 2016 at 11:56 AM
    • Free place with cabins and tepees in Joshua Tree

      by JonathanU3 Online Now Nov 20, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      He I am my friends (8 people) and me we're going to J-T for all day tomorrow and the night too.
      One of us have heard about a place that you can have free cabins like chalet and tepees. You just need to be there first to get it ! But problem nobody knows where that place is !
      Here is my question, anybody hear about this place and knows where it is please ?

      Ps: I already call the park and visitor center in Joshua Tree they don't know about it.

      3 Answers Nov 20, 2015 at 5:08 PM
    • What to wear

      by Peeps60 Online Now Oct 5, 2015 at 11:12 AM

      I am arriving the first week of November. Hiking during the day and hotel at night. What type of clothes should I bring aside from a hat and proper footwear.

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2015 at 6:53 AM
    • Need help identifying a cactus

      by Noemy83 Online Now Jul 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Hi recently photographed a cactus in JTNP. It branches off into different limbs like an ocotillo or cholla but it's "body" colors are purple and green and the coolest part is that it's thorns are multi-colored w/reds and yellows. Its the coolest thing! I live in the area and never noticed this before until I took a super close up picture of it. Can anyone help me identify this?

      4 Answers Jul 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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      Rattlesnakes in December?

      by iblatt Online Now Nov 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      I'll be hiking alone in the Joshua Tree National Park in December.
      Are there any rattlesnakes around this time of year? Is it a real danger for a solo hiker? Where is the nearest facility with anti-venom available?

      13 Answers Nov 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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      Transportation from San Francisco to Joshua Tree

      by ErinB18 Online Now Jul 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Can someone please help with a link to a train or bus that goes from San Francisco to Joshua Tree? Not able to rent a car and wondering what the next best way to get there is. Thank you!

      1 Answer Jul 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM
    • Area shuttle

      by PamHH01 Online Now Jan 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Is there a shuttle that can get me to and from Desert Hot Springs into the park to reach trailheads?

      4 Answers Jan 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM
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      Swimming in J-Tree

      by Sunshine4410 Online Now Jan 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

      I am wondering if there is a good place to swim near J-Tree?

      2 Answers Jan 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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      What about 29 Palms Inn?

      by welbourn3 Online Now Oct 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

      I've been reading reviews of this place. Sounds like the somewhat quirky, private places we like to stay but there are reports of "rowdiness." Any one have experience with this Inn? Thanks again, Valerie

      2 Answers Oct 27, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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      Places to Stay near JTNP

      by welbourn3 Online Now Oct 20, 2009 at 7:04 AM

      Has anyone stayed at Joshua Desert Retreats before? (It is somehwat near 29 Palms I believe). Any other recommendations for great places to stay near the park? We are two adults, a college sophomore, and a ten year old. Thanks for your help!

      4 Answers Oct 23, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    • Any fall color?

      by kcasaday Online Now Sep 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

      Are there any fall colors in Joshua Tree National Park? Where? And when, usually?

      2 Answers Sep 5, 2008 at 9:32 AM
    • Anza Borrego SP Cabins

      by baberuth Online Now Feb 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM

      Has anyone stayed at the Anza Borrego State Park Cabins? Would they do for 2 single adults and 2 teenagers as far as room goes. If anyone could describe them that would be great. Ruth

      1 Answer Mar 3, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    • Joshua Tree or Anza Borrego

      by Kevin72 Online Now Feb 19, 2008 at 5:34 AM

      If you had two days, would you spend both days in Joshua Tree or one in Joshua Tree and then drive to Anza Borrego? I would have to get back to L.A.

      4 Answers Mar 17, 2010 at 5:05 PM
    • Williams AZ to Big Bear via Joshua Tree

      by leesville Online Now May 8, 2007 at 12:33 PM

      Coming from Grand Canyon (from overnight in Williams) to Big Bear Lake and looking for a good stop-off point. Thought Joshua Tree area would be good. Anyone got any particularly good recommendations. Somewhere with a bit of comfort if possible but its just for one night. 4 adults and 3 kids under 11 yrs. thanks for any ideas.

      2 Answers May 8, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park Drive-By

      by tropicdiver Online Now Feb 4, 2007 at 9:45 AM

      On my way from San Diego to Yuma to meet my new grandson, I plan on driving up to Joshua Tree National Park via the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

      I'm really not going to have much time to do any hiking (perhaps some short hikes, hopefully), as my time will be rather limited. Is it best to enter the park from the North and then drive south thru it or should I enter from the south and just head northwest to get a taste of the park?

      I've looked at numerous tips this morning about Joshua Tree National Park to get a general overview of the park and it sounds like the west side of the park will be the best area for me to explore in the short time I am there.

      Any suggestions of "must see" areas?


      2 Answers Feb 6, 2007 at 7:50 AM
    • name of rock

      by juliekilcrease Online Now Aug 11, 2006 at 8:31 AM

      Does this rock formation have a name?

      1 Answer Aug 11, 2006 at 6:49 PM
    • rock climbing

      by colinlvr Online Now Nov 10, 2003 at 5:56 PM

      I was wonder if all the campgrounds have rock climbing because we wanted to go to cottonwood but also wanted to rock climb.

      1 Answer Nov 10, 2003 at 6:45 PM