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    • Where to stay in Santa Barbara for young seniors with a car?

      Santa Barbara 20 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.


    • Where to stay in San Diego for young seniors with a car?

      San Diego 20 hours ago

      Spending 4 days in SD this February before heading to 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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      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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      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

      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?

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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?

    • Casual friend while i travel in SFO?

      San Francisco Yesterday

      Friends, I am visiting SFO solo for couple of days. Looking forward for someone who can guide me about couple of interesting places. I like to jog and probably explore one of the trekking trails. any recommendation for morning jog trails and one trek trail over the weekends?
      if someone visiting SFO or staying in SFO interested to go on a drink and talk about interesting things in life? ping me.

    • 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

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      Help Me :)

      Los Angeles 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 

    • 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.

    • best location for family

      by Bernadette4768 Online Now Feb 2, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Travelling in June from San Francisco to LA, where is the best place to stay. We are looking at Santa Monica

      2 Answers Feb 2, 2016 at 3:55 PM
    • 5day itinary

      by Lesleymercieca Online Now Aug 28, 2015 at 3:32 AM

      What should we do in Santa Monica for 5 days. It's our first time in LA 2 teenage kids Not going to Disneyland,

      3 Answers Aug 28, 2015 at 1:29 PM
    • First timer to the beach.

      by JWOklahoma Online Now Aug 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      can i bring my own cooler to the beach for sandwiches and drinks?
      what are the prices for parking?

      1 Answer Aug 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM
    • Vacation rentals

      by CharlotteR10 Online Now Feb 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      Can anyone recommend any company's for vacation rentals in the area?

      2 Answers Feb 15, 2015 at 7:55 PM
    • Exciting things to do

      by yourichang Online Now May 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      What is the most exciting thing to do at Santa Monica Pier?
      Or your favorite thing to do?

      4 Answers Jun 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM
    • air port to santa monica

      by kassyabbs Online Now May 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      hi im travelling in just for one day and want to see santa monica and sunset coming from the airport and wondering what is the best way to travel and how long? thanks

      2 Answers May 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM
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      July 14, someone?

      by GustavoH Online Now Apr 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      then i´ll staying in santa monica in July, someone will be there??

      1 Answer Apr 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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      City near LA

      by GustavoH Online Now Mar 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      whitch city near LA it is good to visit?

      14 Answers Apr 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM
    • Day trips from Santa Monica

      by anderkelly Online Now May 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      New question! My husband and I will be renting a car for one day to go somewhere else other than Santa Monica and Hollywood. Any recommendations on someplace along the coastline that's under a two-hour drive? We're up for good restaurants, a nice beach, or some sightseeing.

      8 Answers Jun 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM
    • Should I rent a car to go into Hollywood?

      by anderkelly Online Now May 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      My husband and I are going to spend the day in West Hollywood, and I've planned several activities that are somewhat close together - LACMA, The Grove and then drinks at Chateau Marmont and a comedy show at the Laugh Factory. We'll be coming from Santa Monica and I had previously thought we could cab in and walk to all of these somewhat close locations, and then cab back at night. Do you recommend this, or would renting a car be a better option?

      5 Answers Jun 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM
    • Five days in Santa Monica

      by Steven63 Online Now Jun 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Hello from Bonny Scotland

      My wife and I and our two sons are touring the West Coast of the USA from next Wednesday for three weeks.
      5 nights in Vegas
      9 nights in LA...five in Santa Monica and 4 in Hollywood
      6 nights in Hawaii(Oahu)
      3 nights in San Francisco
      Back home to Glasgow....sob sob

      Staying in the Loews in Santa Monica.Looking for any tips,advice,things to do in Santa Monica.We have two teenage boys...16 and 13.The youngest is a skateboarder.

      6 Answers Jun 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM
    • Family activities

      by shellywhiteside Online Now Nov 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      We are traveling to Santa Monica for X-mas with our 11 and 12 year old sons. We reserved a room at Shutters on the Beach. First, is it safe for the boys to go to the pier on there own if they want? Any suggestions on activities. We were thinking of renting a car. Possibly visiting Universal Studios and Venice Beach.

      7 Answers Apr 18, 2012 at 4:31 AM
    • Seashore Hotel on Main Street

      by patmattheisen Online Now Nov 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      It sounds great for what we want,i.e.location, parking,not a chain. Just want to have someone's opinion on the interior. Again, am not too fussy but badly mixed chintz ala English B and Bs are hard. Lumpy mattress, can't do, and mold and bugs are beyond me. Can anyone help? Have had BAD experience in New Orleans so am gun shy. Pat M

      3 Answers Feb 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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      New Year's Eve

      by SFHulaGIrl Online Now Dec 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

      Now that I've settled on a hotel, what's going on in Santa Monica for New Year's Eve? Does anyone have a restaurant to recommend or any special event?

      8 Answers Jan 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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      Sea Shore Motel or Sea View Hotel?

      by SFHulaGIrl Online Now Aug 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM

      Which has the better rooms and the better location?

      1 Answer Aug 25, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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      safest/cheapest close to the beach hotel :)

      by deshbic Online Now Jul 3, 2010 at 2:01 AM

      Me my sister and my 5 and 3yr old boys are visting california for a few nights in july. we will not be driving so we want to stay somewhere close enough to the beach to either walk or take a bus. Were traveling on a budget so does anyone have any suggestions on some SAFE/CLEAN/CHEAP hotels? Also it will be our first time visiting any suggestions on some "must see" spots? :)

      3 Answers Jul 4, 2010 at 4:30 PM
    • bubblesmum

      by bubblesmum Online Now May 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM

      Hi, My husband and I are visiting Santa Monica for 7 days at the beginning of October. This is our first visit to America. We're trying to choose a really central hotel. Is Santa Monica an easily walkable area? We will be visiting places around the LA area but had hoped not to have to hire a car. Any help or advice would be really welcome. many thanks.

      8 Answers Jun 4, 2010 at 3:07 AM
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      Lodging and location question

      by dldkag Online Now May 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM

      We'll be in LA in July and have chosen Santa Monica as our base. Because we've found that the nice hotels with availability are charging350 or more per night, we're considering renting a condo for the 4 nights. The place we're looking at is near Lincoln and Santa Monica Blvd. Is this a good location? Will we be able to walk to most places (i.e. Pier, Promenade)?

      Also, how long of a drive will it be to Disneyland and Hollywood from Santa Monica (assuming non rush hour traffic)?

      Thanks for your assistance.


      7 Answers May 13, 2010 at 9:47 AM
    • Lodging in SM

      by nino224 Online Now Feb 4, 2010 at 1:05 AM


      I'm looking for a clean, safe hotel to stay at with my wife and son that's walking distance from the pier and promenade that won't break the bank. Under150 if possible. Thanks!

      7 Answers Feb 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM
    • 411 on SM

      by nino224 Online Now Jan 13, 2010 at 2:30 AM


      I'm taking the wife and 4 year-old to SM in mid April for a conference.

      1. Do I need to rent a car or is there enough to do provided we stay near the beach and/or promenade?

      2. How much can I expect to spend if I want to stay in that general area?

      5 Answers Jan 23, 2010 at 2:59 AM
    • parking

      by canzeld Online Now Sep 19, 2009 at 7:03 PM

      where can I park for free?

      3 Answers Sep 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    • "The Room"

      by chelsmychels Online Now Sep 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

      What is the dress code???? What's the feeling on outfits--- casual, jeans and heels or uptight???

      4 Answers Sep 21, 2009 at 1:51 PM
    • Is a "detour" worth it?~Long Beach or Burbank to Santa Monica??

      by veresa Online Now Sep 9, 2009 at 12:38 AM

      Hi! I'm lost! I am looking to get to SM ultimately, but a direct flight to LAX fr LAS seems too much to me ($99 w/tx & fees). Alternately, I am looking to get to Santa Monica fr LB or BUR. So, I am willing to take a "detour" flight & stay a night outside of SM to *save* ~$50 OW fr LAS & see another site (only opt-->evening flight). 1) Am I better off getting that deal for an evening flight to Burbank or Long Beach (i.e.,49 OW fr LAS) + a one-nt's over-nighter @either (to incl. that nt & nxt day sightseeing), and then head to SM via *Mass Transit* or cab (will not rent a car)? ORRRRR...2) Shall I spend the overpriced99w/tax OW flight fr LAS to LAX to stay all my 3 nts in Santa Monica (+ transport)? I am truly looking for the best beach experience w/ the ability to go out solo comfortably for a little nightlife/wining & dining. Ultimately, I will stay "in the area" 3-nts, no more, no less from 9/19-9/22. Also, I just received Leno tix for my last nt's stay on 9/21. Help! ;>' BB

      4 Answers Sep 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM
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      Santa Monica Events Calendar

      by JMur Online Now May 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM

      I'm going to Santa Monica and want to find a Santa Monica events calendar or Santa Monica travel guide. Any Southern California events calendar that lists Southern California visitor information including Santa Monica would do.

      3 Answers May 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM
    • Public Transpo

      by nino224 Online Now May 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM


      I'm going to be in Santa Monica at the Hyatt Century Plaza on Ave. of the Stars. How far is the pier, and is there public transpo I can take to get there?
      Also, besides the beach, what else can I do in the area with a three year old?


      2 Answers May 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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      Santa Monica Meeting Venue

      by ebel0009 Online Now May 2, 2009 at 9:50 PM

      What are some good Santa Monica meeting venues? I'm looking for creative meeting venues or beach front meeting spaces in Santa Monica. Can anyone recommend any Santa Monica meeting venues?

      2 Answers May 2, 2009 at 10:58 PM
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      Good value hotels

      by darrmont Online Now Dec 26, 2008 at 6:21 AM

      I am planning on staying a few nights around the Santa Monica area and would like to stay close to the beach although to get better value I am happy to go a bit as I have a car. I wonder is there any area close to the coast where car parking is likely to be free for guests and reasonably priced hotels.

      2 Answers May 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    • Temps only in the 60's????

      by Sapphire695 Online Now May 27, 2008 at 1:56 PM

      I'm due to arrive in SaMo on July 7th. I've been watching the weather on "" and notice it's only reaches the hight 60's for the high from now until June 5th. Has it really been that cool? I will have a 9 yr old boy w/me and would like to spend a few days at the beach, otherwise the kid may get kinda bored. Have people been on the beach? Does it maybe feel warmer than the high 60's?

      5 Answers May 27, 2008 at 4:14 PM
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      From NY to Santa Monica

      by carvelcake Online Now May 11, 2008 at 12:01 AM

      I want to go to Santa Monica from NY.Could you tell me what is the most interesting and atractive way to go.
      I`ll be happy:-)

      6 Answers May 14, 2008 at 5:50 PM
    • laurel`s canyon

      by emilykokal Online Now May 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM

      I want to visit Laurel`s Canyon, where can I find a good map of roads near this one or a good guide of thic location, anybody can help me?
      I`ll be very glad :-)

      4 Answers May 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM