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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?

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    • 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.

      Tim

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    • 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?
      Thanks!!!!
      Btw we are a group of three total

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    • cheap accommodation for 40 night

      San Diego 14 hours ago

      Hi, in october i have to go in San Diego for flight training reasons and i have to stay there for about 40 days, i really can't find a low cost accommodation even in El Cajon or La Mesa.. someone can help me ? (no hostel please)

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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.
      Thanks

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    • 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!

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    • 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

      Hi~

        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!

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    • Places to experience culture

      San Francisco Jul 21, 2016 at 12:35 AM

      Hi,

      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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

      Yosemite National Park Jul 24, 2016 at 9:31 PM

      Hello,

      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.
      Regards

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    • Discounts/Donation for Girl Scouts

      by cozycampers Online Now Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Hi, My girl scout trip sold cookies to go to Catalina Island. We would like to stay one or two nights over the summer (could be weekdays or weekend). We have earned enough money for the boat ride over to the island and one or two activities but not we don't have much for lodgings. I need a place for 10 people, a hotel or condo, not picky. Do any of you know anyone or any place that offers discounts or will donate a night stay to girl scouts? We are willing to do service hours to help pay for the stay. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

      Thanks a bunch.

      3 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    • rain ? ? ?

      by onikkio Online Now Feb 25, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      Yikes, this weekend a storm is supposed to come and we've already planed a getaway to Catalina.
      Anyone been to Catalina when it's been raining?
      What's there to do???
      Help x 10 !

      )

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM
    • Dog-Friendly activities or beaches on Catalina Island?

      by beachexplore90046 Online Now Aug 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      I have heard mixed reviews on the dog-friendliness of Catalina Island. I hear Avalon is not as pet-friendly as the north side of the island. Any ideas on what activities are available to sweet lab on the island?

      Thank you so much!

      3 Answers Aug 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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      Where do you go to get to Catalina Is?

      by Sallyjjjmmm Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Where do you go to get to Catalina Is?

      3 Answers Feb 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM
    • Hamilton Cove Villas?

      by euro_travel3 Online Now Oct 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

      Hello -

      My husband and I are planning to spend a couple days this December for our 1st Anniversary and are looking to stay at a nice, romantic place with ocean views. I have looked online the last couple days and so far have only liked Hamilton Cove Villas. The catch is that once I book a villa its non-refundable. I am a little hesistant to book without really hearing reviews from people on the particular villa we are interested in booking (based on availability). The villa we are interested in is 2-45.

      Any comments/suggestions??

      I would like to book within the new few days while its still available..

      Any feedback is appreciated.

      Thanks :)

      PT.

      4 Answers Oct 13, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    • Car Transport

      by snobrdchic Online Now Aug 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

      Is there a drive on Ferry? I plan to go camping and will have a loaded up van that I want to take to the island.

      7 Answers Aug 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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      Hotel for one night on weekend

      by HarmoniousBotch Online Now May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

      All of the hotels that I have contacted so far insist on a minimum two night stay on weekends. While I can appreciate that this does make sense for them, it does not fit my schedule. Anybody know of a hotel that will rent for just a Saturday night?

      Or does anyone want to split it, and also stay just one day on the weekend of July 16th/17th/18th?

      Any other bits of advice about where to stay are appreciated too.
      Thanks

      1 Answer May 14, 2010 at 10:43 PM
    • weddings

      by boolu Online Now Dec 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM

      Is it possible to have a wedding at the Inn on Mt ada?

    • catalina island, california accommodation and tour question

      by ltt Online Now Apr 3, 2008 at 12:04 PM

      i'm considering a 2 night stay on catalina island at the end of september. i'm female, 40 and travelling alone. i've done some research already but wanted to hear some recommendations from you. i prefer not to spend a fortune - around150/night - like a quiet place, don't need fancy just clean, like to have a tv and walking distance to the beach and ocean view desirable (but not necessary).
      is the submarine tour much better then the glass bottom boat tour? any recommended spots that have better snorkeling then others?
      thanks for your help. appreciate it.

      3 Answers Apr 5, 2008 at 1:38 PM
    • Catalina island /cheap golf carts

      by davidicondotcom Online Now Aug 3, 2007 at 1:23 PM

      where can i find the most inexpensive golf carts to rent ?? 10$??

      1 Answer Feb 23, 2008 at 2:02 AM
    • snorkelling at Lovers' Cove

      by teresacountryman Online Now Jan 28, 2007 at 8:13 PM

      There's a team of three guys conducting snorkelling tours of Lovers' Cove for groups from cruise ships (one of the three is named Eric). What is the name of their business and how do I contact them?

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      Going to Catalina in June...Anyone know any great HOTEL PACKAGES (including tours, transportation)?

      by bettyo70 Online Now May 12, 2006 at 11:40 AM

      Hey Everybody,

      Want to escape to Catalina in June. We love doing eco tours, underwater boat tours, hiking, etc.

      Does anyone know of a hotel offering great complete package deals?

      We like cute, relaxing small hotels. We're not in to "roughing it" too much.

      THANKS!

      3 Answers May 13, 2006 at 5:54 PM
    • Any seashells on Catalina beaches??

      by carlaburro Online Now Sep 18, 2005 at 1:19 AM

      Hi. We will be on the island 9/20, just a few days away. Can anyone suggest scenic beaches and if any have seashells? Thank you.

      1 Answer Sep 22, 2005 at 10:23 AM
    • Flying Fish??

      by carlaburro Online Now Sep 6, 2005 at 2:44 AM

      Hello. My hubby & I will be on the island 9/20/05. We were wondering if the famous "Flying Fish" can still be seen at night from our cruise ship? Also can you recommend pretty areas & beaches (not for swimming) that might have seashells? Thank you, Carla

    • There for 1 day (cruise) - What should we do?

      by firsttime Online Now Sep 4, 2005 at 3:27 PM

      We arrive on Santa Catalina Island, Tuesday, October 18, 2005 celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. We arrive at 8:00AM and depart at 5:00PM. What are the "must see's" on Santa Catalina Island .

      3 Answers Sep 5, 2005 at 3:34 PM
    • I Want To Live In Santa Catalina Island Any Apartment Rentals?

      by SoLetItBe Online Now Aug 1, 2005 at 8:26 PM

      If anyone could please give me names of Aparment Rentals or/and
      a source to check private Rentals on the Island please send
      it my way. I'm in my planning phase and would like to move in the
      next month or two any recommendations or advice would be greatly
      appreciated. :)

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2005 at 9:10 PM
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      Any advice for how to take a last minute, inexpensive jaunt to Catalina Island?

      by AprilJanell Online Now Dec 23, 2004 at 3:23 PM

      Hi. My name is April. I've been a member of VT for a while now. I just relocated from Austin to Los Angeles. Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Catalina Island for the first time...a friend of mine was married there. It has stuck in my mind ever since. I even hold it slightly responsible for my relocation to California. I am not able to go home for the holidays...because of work...but I do have the 25th & the 26th off. I just had the random idea today to go to the island to spend the holiday! I know it a long shot...finances are a little tight & I know I'd have to get ferry tickets and all that...find a last minute inexpesive place to stay (if possible)...but I'm a trooper, so I thought I'd check with my VT pals...network a little bit...maybe you guys know of someone who rents their place out if they are gone...who has a boat and does chartering and wouldn't mind on christmas day. This is a very untraditional holiday for me, but it doesn't have to be a sad thing...and I can't think of a better place to spend it! Please let me know if you can help and happy holidays to you and yours. I'll also check your VT travel pages if you live on the island...for tips on food and lodging...mostly lodging...the beauty is enough to take in... Thank you for your time. Sincerely, April

      4 Answers Dec 24, 2004 at 4:44 PM
    • Snokeling

      by lryder71 Online Now Sep 23, 2004 at 1:18 PM

      We will be in the Long Beach/Catalina area around the 20th of October. Is it still warm enough to snorkle? We're coming from ND so 60-65 degrees water temp is warm. Is it best to set up a guided tour, or can we just do it on our own as we will bring our own equipment? Any pointers on the best place to go off the shoreline?

      2 Answers Sep 26, 2004 at 12:52 PM
    • Where can I park for less than $11/ day

      by spencerette Online Now Jul 29, 2004 at 11:00 AM

      I'm going to Catalina this weekend and would like to know if there are any parking lots other than the one recommended by Catalina Express and the other boat companies which runs11/ day. There must be another choice. Please let me know if you have ever parked somewhere else, what the price was and what you found. Thank you.

      1 Answer Jul 30, 2004 at 11:43 AM
    • Traveling with 3 kids

      by redheat Online Now Jul 9, 2004 at 12:51 PM

      Which hotel would you recommend to stay with kids: 14, 9, 3?

      2 Answers Jul 10, 2004 at 12:12 PM
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      carnival cruise

      by MStars Online Now Jul 6, 2004 at 11:12 PM

      has anyone recently gone on the carnival 4 night cruise from long beach to catalina and ensenada? i heard some not so good things about it, how was your overall experience?

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      Hotels and things to do on Catalina Island

      by kdb92 Online Now Jun 17, 2004 at 1:44 PM

      Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay on catalina island? Also, what kinds of things are there to do there?

      10 Answers Jul 16, 2004 at 2:26 PM
    • Private Boater Needed

      by Davexx Online Now Nov 26, 2002 at 8:31 PM

      My wife and I fly into Long Beach on our way to Catalina Island on January 8. Unfortuately, we get in about the same that as the last commercial boat to Catalina leaves. I am hoping to hire a private boater to take us over to Catalina, leaving Long Beach at about 6:30 PM. Do you know anyone who would be willing to do this? Thanks for your help. Dave Townsend townsenddw@aol.com 425-746-4523

      3 Answers Sep 25, 2004 at 11:11 PM