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    • heidstar's Profile Photo

      Can I do Catalina and Balboa island in one day

      Newport Beach Feb 2, 2017 at 11:51 PM

      Staying at the holiday inn express Newport for 3 nights...no car...
      Already booked and paid after I realised not walking distance to beach at all...
      Can uber to Laguna one day and I thought these 2 islands would be a great idea...

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    • Weather November

      California Feb 1, 2017 at 1:44 AM

      I know I asked yesterday about Florida but we are also looking at Palm/Desert Springs California - what is the weather liable to be like in November

      Will the roads be snow free to Las Vegas and what is the weather liable to be like in Vegas in November.

      Plan to possibly fly to Los Angeles - use Desert/Palm Springs and tour from there and possibly take a few days out to visit Vegas - could even fly into Vegas if the flights were cheaper

      Many thanks for so many questions

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    • Yosemite Valley

      Yosemite National Park Feb 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM

      Hi,

      Me and a friend are planning of going to Yosemite valley in about a week (17-18 feb 2017). Will we be able to drive there from the west (Mariposa) without any snow chains on the car? Is the road even open?
      Thanks in advance for answer!

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    • Internatiola flight to lax and then national flight

      by jeey Online Now Jan 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      We are arriving at 26.September at LAX

      Our flight - LX40 Swiss - will arrive at 4:30PM, we checked online that is usually on time.

      We want to fly the same day from LAX to Las vegas. How much stopover time should we calculate?

      Possible flights:
      7:05 PM - Delta
      9:05 PM - United
      10:40 PM - United

      We currently looking at the 7:05 PM, but we don't know, is 2.5 hrs enough for transfer - to less or to much?

      4 Answers Jan 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM
    • Specific Location

      by LetsTravel2015 Online Now Jan 6, 2017 at 6:48 AM

      Hi. I posted another question about where to stay but am now more specific with areas. We will be going to Universal one day, Warner Brothers tour, doing things near Hollywood Blvd area, and then exploring other tourist things.

      Which area/hotel is better...near Universal City (Studio City hotel) or Hollywood Blvd (Hollywood Celebrity hotel), near but off Hollywood Blvd a bit (Days Inn) or Thai Town (Dixie Hotel)? We will have a car but am thinking one of those.
      Have narrowed it down to one of those based on budget and not being too far from Universal and Hollywood Blvd area. We have Hollywood Celebrity booked (but we can cancel).

      2 Answers Jan 6, 2017 at 12:35 PM
    • Day trip from LA to Joshua Tree?

      by spedprof Online Now Jan 4, 2017 at 1:48 PM

      Young senior couple staying in Santa Monica with a car for 10 days in late February and thinking of a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Is that feasible? And if so, can I add a stop in Palm Springs to the day trip?

      Thanks.

      14 Answers Jan 5, 2017 at 2:12 PM
    • Where to Stay?

      by LetsTravel2015 Online Now Jan 2, 2017 at 5:45 AM

      We'll be coming to Los Angeles in the summer with our kids and will have 4 days to do touristy things (Hollywood walk of fame and Hollywood Blvd area, Universal Studios, Warner Brother's Tour, Santa Monica Pier, La Brae Tar Pits, etc).

      I'm having trouble deciding on a hotel. We are on a budget since we'll need to keep money for LA plus 4 days at Disney. Anyone stayed at Days Inn near Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Celebrity, Comfort Inn...or hotels in Thai Town such as Dixie Hotel, Hollywood City Inn? We will most likely be renting a car for our LA days.

      11 Answers Jan 5, 2017 at 5:12 PM
    • Is it safe to catch the bus around Lomita, LA?

      by Stangerthanever Online Now Dec 14, 2016 at 4:37 AM

      I've read already that public transport is safe in most of LA but I've been told the suburbs are pretty dangerous. I'm from Australia and travelling to LAX and from there I'll be catching the 232 bus to Lomita to see a friend. He thinks it's too dangerous, especially as I'm a girl, but I'm pretty open minded. I think he's probably never taken the bus anyway haha anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a bunch, Serena

      7 Answers Jan 14, 2017 at 8:39 AM
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      What Transfer time needed at LAX?

      by Grevil Online Now Nov 25, 2016 at 5:49 AM

      I am planning flights and found one with Alaska Airlines arriving at Terminal 6 - with a 90 minute wait for another flight with QANTAS departing from Tom Bradley Terminal - do you think this is doable? or should more time be allowed between flights
      Are Alaska Airlines usually on time?
      Both flights will be international flights
      Many thanks,

      15 Answers Nov 28, 2016 at 7:59 AM
    • The wonder years's house

      by ldaniell Online Now Nov 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      How could I go to the Family savage's House ( The Wonder years) from the Hollywood walk of fame by Bus?. Thanks

       

      2 Answers Nov 23, 2016 at 9:01 AM
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      Help Me :)

      by Melis90 Online Now Oct 21, 2016 at 6:09 AM

      Hi everyone !
      I just came to Los Angeles- Marina Del Rey and i havent rent a car yet. So how can i go around ? Is metro safe? And where should i visit because i will stay in here for 3 months and i dont know any place in here 

      9 Answers Oct 22, 2016 at 1:04 AM
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      VT meet in november

      by tranceperent Online Now 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.

      2 Answers Oct 21, 2016 at 4:39 AM
    • Taxi cost on Xmas Day

      by pandanne Online Now 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

      7 Answers Oct 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM
    • Visiting Los Angeles this month

      by KarthikeyanM Online Now 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...

      8 Answers Sep 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM
    • Is Jefferson Park a relatively safe place to stay in LA if one is driving themselves everywhere?

      by Kennadian Online Now Aug 2, 2016 at 1:51 PM

      Hey everyone. I'm a 32 year old male from Canada. I'm going to travel the Pacific Coast this summer by myself in my car. I've never done a solo trip and I'm finding it exciting and scary all at the same time.

      My first leg is going to be to rush down to LA and stay there a week. I've gone back and forth on a couple hostels and I found one that doesn't seem like a party hostel and looks like a great value. It's in Jefferson Park and it's called The Anderson Estates. The hostel is at 1932 Rochester Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90018. I've reached out online to people who have stayed there and I hear great things and they say that the neighbourhood was kinda sketchy but they all seemed to travel by transit from there without issues.

      I'm hearing mixed messages when I research this. One person from LA will say "NEVER EVER go into Jefferson Park unless you want to be stabbed 100 times a minute and it will happen 100% of the time so don't even think about leaving your hotel while here!" Then the next post will say "Don't listen to that nut, South Central LA is a lot better these days and as long as you are driving and not walking around after dark, you are fine."

      Who do I believe? If anyone has an opinion on this, I would love to hear it. I would also love to hear a little about why you feel that way. I find that "help" that just tries to scare you or put you at ease without facts is empty. Is there anyone from LA that has actually been around this part of LA and can actually tell me about it? Does it seem 70% safe or 30%? Am I safe at this hostel in JP considering that I'll be going out at night only a few times in the week to see a comedy show but that I'll be in my car driving straight back to the hostel (going to Largo or UCB theatres only and going straight back to the hostel). Any thoughts, Angelenos?

      8 Answers Aug 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM
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      Visiting LA from San Pedro

      by grandmaR Online Now 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.

      9 Answers Jul 8, 2016 at 4:41 PM
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      Santa Monica

      by tmpierce Online Now 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.

      12 Answers Jul 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM
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      Los Angeles Visit

      by karabeyturan Online Now Jun 23, 2016 at 12:48 PM

      Hello All,

      I will be visiting LA between 25-28 July. I need information about the city, hotel suggestion. If there will be someone Show around appreciated.

      5 Answers Jun 25, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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      Free parking spot

      by MichelleH8K Online Now Jun 20, 2016 at 2:40 AM

      We will be in Los Angeles for four days - thursday to sunday in September. I read a lot of articles about a bad situacion with parking there and expensive parking lots. Are there any place with possibility to park for free or at least for good price? We can leave car somewhere and then go for walk, for example in shopping centers? Thank you guyes for your answers! :-)

      10 Answers Jun 24, 2016 at 4:13 AM
    • Weather in August

      by SoCal_76 Online Now Jun 10, 2016 at 4:50 AM

      What are the tempereatures and humidity in August i the Hollywood area? I get different answers from different pages so I would like to hear from a local or someone who knows the weather in LA.

      8 Answers Jun 12, 2016 at 11:45 PM
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      Rental car and insurance

      by MichelleH8K Online Now Jun 8, 2016 at 5:00 AM

      Hi everyone, we will visit California in September (8. - 15.), our trip start and end in L. A. We want to rent a car for 17 day and travel between L. A., Las Vegas and San Francisco. Do you recommend me some good company with good prices for rent a car? Now I´m looking on rental-cars.com. And I have a big question about car insurance, what is really important to have and what is unnecessary? Is basic insurance (SLP - Supplemental Liability Protection) enough?

      7 Answers Jun 8, 2016 at 11:21 PM
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      One more question about the last leg of our trip.

      by echoluna24 Online Now Jun 7, 2016 at 8:23 PM

      I previously posted a few questions about our itinerary and the airport. My question now is for the hotel for the last leg of the trip. I have a hold on a couple different options in different locations. I am curious what is best.

      This is for Aug 27th, for three nights.

      Goals: See Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. Possibly visit UCLA and possibly head back to the downtown area to hit up some things we may have missed on the first two days of our trip when we are staying in the Echo Park area.

      Given traffic and the vastness of the city I get their is likely not an ideal spot considering our focus is coastal for that leg of the trip but want to be able to get into town for more shopping or site seeing if we didn't finish earlier in the trip.

      The first two days of our trip our itinerary is ambitious and that is why we may need to head back in on the final leg of the trip (the last three days). We fly in around 9am to BUR. Stay in Echo Park. Want to see Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, Warner Bros tour, The Grove, Sneaker shopping for the 14 year old nephew (RIF, Fightclub) and we want to try to catch and graffiti mural art tour which leaves out of the Art District.

      The middle two days we are down in Irvine for a concert and visiting the Newport Beach area and will shop down there and maybe do whale watching.

      Options I have on hold are as follows and any and all comments about these location or other recommendations are appreciated:

      Option 1- Hilton Garden Marina del Ray

      Option 2- a vacation rental in Venice Beach (airbnb)

      Option 3- Courtyard Los Angeles Century City/Beverly Hills

      I appreciate all of your help.

      3 Answers Jun 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM
    • echoluna24's Profile Photo

      Done the research and now have a few specific questions

      by echoluna24 Online Now Jun 6, 2016 at 5:04 PM

      Traveling to LA August 23rd and have a few specific questions. I will include my itinerary below and welcome any general comments and recommendations as well.

      Travel Overview- traveling with my 14 year old nephew who loves fashion, sneakers, music, people watching etc.

      Itinerary (questions below Itinerary)

      Day 1- Arrive in a.m. Staying in Echo Park. Check out the Hollywood area (Chinese Theater, walk of fame) and the Grove.

      Day 2- Warner Bros tour, mural art (graffiti) art tour, Fightclub and RIF shoe stores

      Day 3- Concert in Irvine- stay overnight there for two nights, near airport there.

      Day 4- Visit Newport Beach, shopping, whale watching.

      Day 5, 6, 7- Stay in Santa Monica/Venice Beach area. Visit the beaches and boardwalks. Visit Malibu. Check out Rodeo Drive. Maybe do a UCLA college tour.

      Day 8 - Return out of LAX in a.m.

      Questions

      1. 1-- We plan to fly in on the morning of the 23rd. Should we fly Burbank or LAX. The flights to Burbank are more expensive and not the ideal take off time (leaving @ 6am arriving @ 9:30) but if it saves us significant time and stress it is worth it to me. If we fly into LAX we leave slightly later in the morning and arrive around 10:30 am. For the return we plan to fly out of LAX.
      1. 2- Any shopping recommendations for a 14 year old who loves fashion and shoes?
      1. 3- We have a reservation at Travelodge in SM and also one at the Hilton in Del Ray- haven't decided which one we will use and may continue to look for options. Any familiarity with the Travelodge? Our budget is around $250 per night for that leg of the trip and we have limited options at this point. Open to ideas and feedback.
      1. 4- Graffiti/mural art tour- any recommendations on a company?

      Thank you, Melissa

      7 Answers Jun 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM
    • Where does "The Snake" start please on Mulholland Highway?

      by NailseaGirl Online Now Apr 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      It's the only bit of Mulholland Highway I wish to do. I guess as it has been quite iconic in films etc. But I am trying to find out a place to head for for the start of it but I don't seem to be having much luck. I hope someone can help.

      Many thanks!

      21 Answers Apr 9, 2016 at 11:40 AM
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      Family travelling California

      by ZohraK Online Now Mar 8, 2016 at 3:06 AM

      Hi everyone!
      In august 2016, my family and I (parents + 16-year-old sister and I’m 19 myself), are travelling through the USA and we will be staying in LA for three days (in West Hollywood). We have a car, which I’ve heard is needed because of the vastness of the city. We would like to go to The Broad Museum and spend one afternoon on the beach (any suggestions which beach?), but apart from that, we have no schedule. We would be interested if some of you have some suggestions on where to go (unconventional yet beautiful/interesting places), what to do and maybe some nice (non-touristy) places to eat.
      Thanks in advance!

      11 Answers May 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM
    • LA Memorial Sports Arena

      by ditorovm Online Now Mar 6, 2016 at 6:00 AM

      HI, attending a concert at this venue soon and will be walking back to the Radisson Hotel USC afterward. Is it safe to assume that there'll be lots of folk around that area following the concert too ? Needing reassurance as I'll be attending alone.

      3 Answers Mar 6, 2016 at 1:37 PM
    • Honey moon

      by LindaLiulo Online Now Feb 18, 2016 at 8:18 AM

      Where are some of the best places to spend your honeymoon (anywhere in the world)

      8 Answers Feb 22, 2016 at 3:50 PM
    • Honey moon

      by LindaLiulo Online Now Feb 18, 2016 at 8:18 AM

      Where are some of the best places to spend your honeymoon (anywhere in the world)

      4 Answers Feb 29, 2016 at 10:02 AM
    • Travelling America help!

      by Laurenadam Online Now Feb 17, 2016 at 3:27 AM

      Hey everyone me an my boyfriend are from London we are planning on travelling America for around 3 months, were bored and in need of some excitement before we settle down an have children haha!!
      We are recalling wanting to go to la California Miami San fran and where ever people would recommend , we are unsure of the route you would take or where we would even start from! Is it best to stay in motels or hire apartments for the stays? Any info or hep would be so useful!

      Thanks guys!!!
      Lola

      4 Answers Feb 17, 2016 at 12:05 PM
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      Lone female traveling staying in Downey

      by valentines Online Now Feb 14, 2016 at 1:58 AM

      Hello, I guess there is so much to do and see in LA. I am staying for 1 week, I don't think I will be doing the Universal thing, but anything you can suggest I totally miss or do?

      3 Answers Feb 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM
    • Where to stay for a Birthday Weekend

      by aqueen25 Online Now Feb 11, 2016 at 9:16 AM

      My friends and I are traveling to LA for my 26th birthday. During the day we want to go to Venice Beach, Disneyland, Hollywood Sign and stars, Rodeo Drive...but at night we want to go to bars and clubs (preferably with hip hop music).

      I am having trouble on figuring out where to stay (the Hollywood Area or the Downtown LA area) and if we should stay in an AirBnB or a Hotel.

      Please help!

      4 Answers Feb 12, 2016 at 12:56 AM
    • Transportation from LAX to Hollywood Blvd

      by Tbeloved03 Online Now Jan 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM

      Hi,

      outside of public transportation, is there an easier route to get from LAX to Hollywood Blvd? Does Uber provide service in these areas?

      Thanks!

      7 Answers Jan 24, 2016 at 12:26 PM
    • "Moving" to LA from Europe?

      by Nicoline007 Online Now Jan 1, 2016 at 4:23 AM

      I currently have a dream about buying a one-way ticket to LA and see if I can get a job, just at a cafe or something, and just take a risk and see how it works out. Besides that I am also interested in studying abroad in LA, and I have been reseaching and have found an amazing place, but it is SO expencive... I dont think I will could afford it...
      Have someone experienced or know someone who some done the same thing and do you think I could do it? I just want to get away from home(Denmark) after 4 hard years with anxiety and depression, and find myself and who i want to be and I have always dreamt of LA.

      17 Answers Sep 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM