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    • Charges for attractions within Yosemite National Park

      Yosemite National Park Jul 17, 2016 at 4:32 AM

      Are there charge for car parking within Yosemite after you have paid your entrance fee?
      Are the attractions like Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome free of charge once you have paid your entrance fee to Yosemite Park?

    • Looking for travel Buddies for a Road trip in California

      California Jul 19, 2016 at 5:15 PM

      Hey guys my name is Tim 20years old and German .I am looking for people which want to rent a car with me and do a Road Trip in California.I have no fixed schedule or stops so we could deside evrything together.Only thing which is fixed that i am arriving at the 13 of August in La and depart at 9th September back home.If your intrestet just send me a few describtion of your self and we see if we fit together
      For sure you will got one of me as well.Trying to keep this short cause people migth more recodnize it,but feel free to asked me anything.
      I really hope to find awesome people and become good freinds
      Please contact me.Dont worry if i am not answering imidetly i am traveling australia rigth know.
      looking forward to hear from you.


    • Hitchhiking

      Yosemite National Park Jul 9, 2016 at 10:27 PM

      Im going backpacking early August, I am leaving from glacier point. I need a ride to the top of glacier point from the valley, but the bus is too long and there is no taxi service. I know I can park up there but I am coming back to the valley afterwards, so I need to leave my car there. My questions are
      1)how safe is hitchhiking in the early morning (7:00ish)
      2) how reliable is hitchhiking
      3) is there any place I can post asking for a ride
      4) could I offer to pay a park staff to take me up there?
      Btw we are a group of three total

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      Universal Studios

      Burbank Jul 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

      Hey all, does anyone know of a discounter for Studio Tours? If they exist.

    • We'll be in San Francisco from the 4th September, any good soul willing to help a bit?

      San Francisco Jul 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      Hi Tourists!

      We're from Italy and we'll be in SF as part of our honeymoon trip to the US. We'll get to the SFO airport Sunday 4th September, in the late afternoon/early evening. We'll stay in SF for about 4 days, then 2 days out to the Yosemite and back for 2 days to see the Silicon Valley area before heading to Vegas.

      We have pretty much this part of the trip organized but are still concerned with a few things.

      1) What is the best way to get from the airport to our hotel in Chinatown? We're thinking of shared vans or Uber but not sure about Uber since we won't have a working SIM with a data plan straight out of the airport. If there is some kind fellow member of the community willing to give us a lift, we'd appreciate - of course we will pay you for the disturb (as long as you don't charge more than an Uber/van hehe).

      2) What is the easiest and quickest way to get a SIM card with a prepaid data plan with a few GB included (we were thinking not less than 4GB)? We're considering going to an AT&T store on the 5th but since it's Labor Day we still can't understand if shops will be open or closed that day. Of course, if there is some kind member of the community willing to help us out in any way it's much appreciated.

      3) Since I'm in the IT field myself (back-end web developer), I'd love to meet someone there. Of course the bay area is the heart of IT and I'm sure I could potentially meet many interesting people, chat a bit about work stuff, how's life there and stuff like that. Oh, and if there's someone from a big company like Google, Facebook, Apple and such who's willing to meet an Italian developer and talk about interesting stuff - I'm TOTALLY for it. Don't hesitate to reply or PM me, drinks on me.

      So thanks for reading, eagerly waiting for some replies!

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

      Big Sur 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!

    • Places to experience culture

      San Francisco Jul 21, 2016 at 12:35 AM


      My two friends and I are traveling to San Francisco from Australia in November, we are all aged 21 and male.
      I was wondering if anyone can tell us some places that are worth while checking out other than the obvious ones like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
      We have heard that there is a great vibe and feeling around the city, and we are looking for some places that will enable us to experience this and the culture of the area.
      Anything from nightlife and restaurants to places to visit.

      Thank you.

    • Honeymoon in California

      California Jul 14, 2016 at 8:22 AM

      I'm looking to find out opinions on where to stay in California that would be a great location to venture on foot to see Hollywood Blvd, Universal Studios, studio tours, and Hollywood Celebrity tours. We are not opposed to taking public transportation either. We just want recommendations on close proximity to see the sites without paying an arm and a leg for rates, or spending too much time on buses to get to and from. We are looking to spend about 4 days in this location to take in the sites of the entertainment industry as my fiance and I are huge TV and movie enthusiasts. We are also on a budget and want to be close to affordable hotels and restaurants. Any help will be appreciated.

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      Day trip to Napa Valley

      San Francisco Jul 6, 2016 at 9:15 AM

      Dear VTers
      Will be in SFO for the first time in early November and planning a day trip to Napa valley.
      My priority is to walk the towns of St Helena/Yountville at leisure and fit in 1 or 2 vineyards if possible. Planning to take the BART from town centre (Powell) to El Cerrito, then bus shuttle to towns.
      Any comments/feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Trip after NAPA

      Napa Jul 13, 2016 at 7:10 PM

      Would like to take an additional 3 days after visiting NAPA. Not interested in San Francisco. Ideas? Willing to drive or take an additional flight.

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      Visiting LA from San Pedro

      Los Angeles Jul 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      I am tentatively scheduled to go on a cruise to Hawaii from Los Angeles (San Pedro) Nov 2017 with another lady (Polly) who has never been to the west coast (or Hawaii). For some reason, I thought that we would leave from San Diego, but we are actually leaving from LA (San Pedro). So I have decided not to try to visit San Diego as I don't want to rent a car or drive in that area.

      I am not a fan of LA. I thought we would come in a day in advance and maybe do a little sightseeing (like a trolley or a harbor cruise) in San Pedro, and I want to take photos of the lighthouses there (which is why the harbor cruise).

      So can I skip the harbor cruise because I will see the lighthouses when the ship leaves port?

      I feel a little guilty about not showing Polly some of the things in LA while we are there. Last time I was in LA (other than between planes at the airport in 2012) was back in the early-mid 60's and we did things like go to Disney, Knotts Berry Farm and did a Universal Studio tour. I don't see any point in doing those things even if they were possible. I don't know if she would be interested in some kind of Homes of the Stars tours. Before I ask her, I'd like to know what would be possible for someone who does not want to rent a car or drive if they land at LAX and go to a hotel in San Pedro.

    • One day in Yosemite (June Lake to Merced, via Yosemite)

      Yosemite National Park Yesterday


      We are staying at June Lake and next day stay is booked at Merced. It is for coming weekend. Between this, we want to see few points in Yosemite, as much as we can comfortably. We are travelling with elder parents, who will not be interested in hikes and long walks, so most of the time, it would be stop, see, click pictures, come back to car and go for next spot. I am reading idea on TA and came up with below sequence. Please fix/comment on its order or feasibility, if you feel it can be better planned.
      - Start from June Lake around 9 AM
      - Tuolumne Meadows
      - Tenaya Lake
      - Olmsted Point
      - El Capitan Meadow
      - Yosemite Falls
      - Cook's Meadow Loop
      - Curry Village
      - Bridalveil Falls
      - Tunnel View
      - Glacier Point
      - Back to Merced via Mariposa

      While coming back from Glacier Point, do I need to backtrack all the way back till Bridalveil Falls and then take El Portal road to Merced ? Or I need to take some other road, I couldn't find on Google map.
      Being less water in Yosemite Fall, is it still worth to stop there ?
      Please suggest.

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      Santa Monica

      Los Angeles Jul 5, 2016 at 11:35 AM

      We are arriving September 8th at LAX and catching a cruise out of Long Beach on September 10th. I had originally thought I wanted to stay in Long Beach, but the sightseeing that I want to do is making me rethink this. Our must dos are the Walk of Fame and Hollywood in general, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills area, and view the Hollywood Sign. We also want to explore Santa Monica. I am thinking since we will not have a car that Santa Monica is probably the best place to stay. I am looking for ideas for hotels, transportation and additional must see areas of Los Angeles that we can fit into our limited schedule. I am considering doing one of those hop on/off buses for our full day there, but not sure if it would be the best choice. We will taxi or Uber to the port on Saturday morning....thoughts?. Hotel budget is $350/night.

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      Where to stay?

      by tmpierce Online Now Jun 14, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      We will be cruising out of Long Beach in September 2016. We are arriving on Thursday after lunch and will not sail until Saturday, so will have a full day to explore the City. I am torn between staying in the Hollywood area or in Long Beach. I would like to explore both somewhat.

      As of now, I have our full day planned with viewing the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame and walking the Hollywood area, then on to Beverly Hills and Sunset Blvd.

      Would like any ideas about places to stay, transportation and must see sights with our limited time. This is our first time in California.


      13 Answers Jun 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM
    • What to wear February 2016

      by MaryF55 Online Now 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

      9 Answers Jan 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM
    • single women with dog moving to long beach - any advice on location?

      by venicegourmet Online Now May 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Hi I found a place at 335 N Virginia Ct 90802 and another at 5439 E Sorrento Dr 90803. Any advice?


      1 Answer May 29, 2015 at 9:43 AM
    • 6th and Chestnut

      by CarissaA Online Now Mar 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

      What is the area like near 6th street and chestnut? I am a single 24 year old female looking to rent an apartment in that area and I am getting mixed reviews on the neighborhood. help?!

      2 Answers Mar 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM
    • Hyatt Regency Long Beach to LAX

      by kittyvcat Online Now Dec 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      My husband and I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach for one night and have a 5pm flight from LAX on a Wednesday. What time should we book the taxi for in order to allow for traffic etc to ensure that we arrive at the airport in good time. We're thinking of booking Rapid Shuttle, but would it be easier just to order a taxi from the hotel. Thanks in advance.

      6 Answers Dec 22, 2014 at 7:19 AM
    • Atlantic and East South Street

      by LenaA4 Online Now Jul 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      I need to know how dangerous this area is.
      I have a one year old daughter and need to make sure this place is safe.
      Please anyone!

      2 Answers Jul 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM
    • Atlantic and East South Street

      by LenaA4 Online Now Jul 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      I need to know how dangerous this area is.
      I have a one year old daughter and need to make sure this place is safe.
      Please anyone!

      3 Answers Jul 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM
    • Orange St and 5th

      by chi17 Online Now Jul 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      this is right across the street from Franklin Middle School. It has a lower rent, which makes me question the safety of the area. does anyone have any opinion? thanks!

      1 Answer Jul 11, 2014 at 4:45 AM
    • transportation from Airport to Hyatt the Pike at LB

      by angela456 Online Now Mar 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      can anyone recommend the best form of transportation, car service, taxi what do local recommend. Thanks

      4 Answers Mar 18, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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      by DesireeR2 Online Now Nov 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      I'm a very tough girl and knows how stay away from bad people but do you think it will be a bad idea for me to take it by myself?

      8 Answers Nov 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM
    • CSULB area

      by wasabi129 Online Now Oct 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Is the area around Long Beach State safe?

      5 Answers Oct 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM
    • bus to inglewood forum

      by menager5 Online Now Sep 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      is there a bus from long beach to the forum in inglewood?

      3 Answers Sep 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM
    • How safe is 6 and pine and Ocean blvd to work?

      by allkuppaisatnet Online Now Aug 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Hi Got a Job near Ocean Blvd or 6 and pine. Is it safe to go to work there?

      2 Answers Aug 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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      Camping south of Long Beach

      by jagheter Online Now Jul 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Can anyone recommend a nice camping spot between Long Beach and San Diego? It doesn't have to be on the beach?

      Thanks in advance.

      3 Answers Jul 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM
    • Driving into Long Beach

      by teresaandterry Online Now Feb 23, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Hi We are doing the drive from San Fran to Vegasin Late July. My question is I realy want to stay on the Queen Mary but on close inspection of the map dont like what I see with the roads in LA. We are coming in from Santa Barbara hoping to call in on Santa Monica and Malibu (might even stay one night if people recomend) BUT what is the driving like for a Brit not used to the traffic, is it easy (ish) to get to the Mary at Long Beach. Dont want to have a panic attack!! It looks like an easyish 405 but when blow up the map theres a lot of spaghetti like roads. Advice please, Thank you

      5 Answers Feb 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM
    • Queen Mary

      by teresaandterry Online Now Feb 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Hi everyone
      We are staying for two or three days on the Queen Mary as a speciel treat. We will have a rental car but would like to know can you get into Hollywood area and Warner Brothers studio from there by public transport...easily that is not lots of changes. Dont realy want to take the car into LA itself. Would also like to visit Disney World but think that may be a car day.
      Is it a nice area to stay anyway, we will have just driven along the highway from sanfram.

      7 Answers Feb 13, 2013 at 7:16 AM
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      Safe or Dangerous to ones well being?

      by Goofyone Online Now Dec 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      We are staying at Comfort Inns and Suites ,200 East Willow St. in Long Beach. Should I look for a different Hotel or is it safe in this area ? Will be there for 2 days .

      5 Answers Dec 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM
    • Have I Made a Mistake?

      by mgwidow Online Now Apr 18, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      I have booked to come to the USA for the first time, visiting San Fransisco, Las Vegas and Long Beach. We are staying in the Westin towards the end of September.

      I booked Long Beach, because I am not really interested in Hollywood and I wanted a chilled out end to our trip. (Nicebeach, restaurants and maybe a couple of excursions)

      Reading a little more about Long Beach now, I worry I have boooked to come to somewhere that is quite unsafe and I will have to constantly worry about our safety.

      Although it may be expensive to do so, should I change and book Redondo instead?


      16 Answers Mar 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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      Need Hotel Stay Near Catalina Ferry Port

      by atufft Online Now Mar 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      I've been studying the possibility of staying at the Queen Mary, but since we have our dog with us, the extra75- fee seems a bit much for place that seems like a run-down tourist trap. But, then the pet friendly Motel 6 seems to offer nothing in terms of experience, even for one night stay.

      All we want is a decent one night experience in the hours before getting on the ferry to Catalina Island. So, it seems that we could do better to stay somewhere else within the LA basin, within reasonable distance of the Catalina Port. We will drive from Northern California, so getting to the last ferry departing on Sunday--5:45PM--also seems difficult.

      So, does anyone have a unique, and not overly expensive LA hotel recommendation, a place where we can get out on the street to walk the dog without getting run over, and get non-corporate style food to eat? I know, this seems like I'm asking too much from LA, or am I?

      2 Answers Mar 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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      Extra hour in downtown Long Beach

      by HarmoniousBotch Online Now Feb 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM


      We are celebrating Valentine's day today, and I mis-scheduled things by an hour. We will get out of the theater a bit after 4:00, and dinner is not until 5:30 at Sir Winston's on the Queen Mary. Any advice on what to do for that extra hour?
      (She has seen the Miller Gardens, and casinos do not interest her )

      Please post by 4:00PM today, and I can read it on my cell phone. Thanks.

      3 Answers Feb 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM
    • moving to long beach

      by grahamshelia77 Online Now Jul 26, 2011 at 12:53 AM

      How hard is it for a young couple to make it in Long Beach after relocating from the san Fernardo Valley?

    • Island Freeman

      by PeteBikerMan1 Online Now Oct 24, 2009 at 5:38 PM

      What is the name of the landscape architect that designed and built the landscaping?

      1 Answer Oct 24, 2009 at 8:18 PM
    • East Long Beach

      by finaldraft25 Online Now May 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM

      I was curious as to what neighborhoods are considered the most dangerous on the east side of Long Beach? Can you be specific, with street names, and why these areas are so dangerous?

      1 Answer May 6, 2009 at 1:21 AM
    • What is there to do in Long Beach

      by 1753 Online Now Apr 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

      My boyfriend will be traveling to Long Beach for work related purposes and I will be tagging along. We are from Canada and don't know to much about it. We are both in our early 30's. While he is at work what is there to do....besides sitting on the beach :)

      Any good hotel deals, shopping etc. I am your typical girl so anything you can tell us about Long Beach would be SOOOO appreciated. We are traveling there mid May 2009.

      Thanks so much

      9 Answers Apr 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM
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      by sazkia Online Now Mar 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM


      Is pine ave the right area to go out at in the evening? Not sure at all would really appreciate some advice.

      Thanks xx

      4 Answers Mar 18, 2008 at 4:05 PM
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      Long beach or Redondo beach??

      by sazkia Online Now Mar 14, 2008 at 2:35 PM

      Hi there!!

      I'm travelling around CA this summer and I've got a spare night inbetween hermosa and huntington beach. Where do u advise to stay Redondo or Long beach?? or anywhere else thats near?

      sarah x

      5 Answers Mar 15, 2008 at 5:40 AM
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      area/ hotel help!

      by sazkia Online Now Mar 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM

      Hello there!

      I'm from the Uk and i'm travelling around california this summer and can't wait!
      I've decided to stop off at long beach for 1 day/night but i'm not sure what area to stay. I'm 24 and looking for a good night out, with a cheap but clean hotel. Any information would be a great help.

      Thank you Sarah xx

      10 Answers Aug 15, 2008 at 6:01 PM
    • LGB Airport to Downtown Long Beach

      by Simonyi123 Online Now Nov 16, 2007 at 8:40 AM

      What do you recommend as the best way to
      get from Airport to Downtown long beach
      via public transportation???

      1 Answer Nov 16, 2007 at 9:43 AM
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      Best Westerns in Long Beach

      by happytravellers Online Now Jul 18, 2007 at 9:16 AM

      Hi there. We plan to use some points for a one-night stay at one of the Best Westerns in Long Beach this October. Can anyone recommend which Best Western is the best (property, location etc.) -
      - Best Western at the Convention Centre
      - Best Western of Long Beach
      - Best Western Golden Sails

      Also, some friends want to book a room (up to110 roughly) in a good location at the same time (October) - not necessarily at a Best Western if they can find something better. Any advice on a great hotel in that price range would be great.


      3 Answers Jul 27, 2007 at 8:43 AM
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      Come to a VT meet and Party with me!!! July 27th 2007

      by jennwerner Online Now Jul 10, 2007 at 6:15 AM

      Hi my name is Jenn. I am from Columbus Ohio and I have never seen the Pacific Ocean. Do you believe that? Well, I will be visiting your fine State in a couple weeks. And guess what while I am in town there is gonna be one heck of a Party. Oops I mean VT meet.
      So here are the facts (aka reasons to come out to the VT Meet.
      1.) You get to hang out with members near the beach.
      2.) You can drink and have food and fun while doing so.
      3.) Its summer time and a great time to go to the beach to meet cool fun people.
      4.) It’s at a really cool place.
      Sharkeez in Manhattan Beach
      3801 Highland Ave.
      Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      5.) It’s on a Friday so you don’t have to work the next day.
      6.) It’s California. (That’s more for me) LOL. You are used to being there.
      7.) Reserved seating at the bar and drink Specials.
      8.) I hear the Southern California VT members know how to Party.
      9.) I will be there (What more do you need) ha ha.

      So please come sign up for the Meet on July 27th 2007 The organizer is Kzapanta and Jenn_d who have been awesome at helping me plan my trip.
      Here is a link to the meet I hope you will come and sign up….

      Hope to see you there.....

      1 Answer Jul 10, 2007 at 11:55 AM