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bob_doe_nz
06-02-2012, 10:52 PM
So, I'm visiting the US in March and will be taking a 2 week camping tour of California. To those that have been there, do you guys have any suggestions of areas or sights to visit in the respective cities?

Places I will be visiting as part of the tour.


Los Angeles
San Diego
Grand Canyon
Vegas
San Francisco

Erayd
06-02-2012, 11:06 PM
I'd love to hear about your trip once you're back - I'm heading over to the US in a few months, and all the places you've just listed are also on my itinerary, so I'd be interested to see how you found them :D.

Tukapa
06-02-2012, 11:10 PM
Where's all the theme parks? Six Flags Magic Mountain ftw!

bob_doe_nz
07-02-2012, 12:36 AM
I'd love to hear about your trip once you're back - I'm heading over to the US in a few months, and all the places you've just listed are also on my itinerary, so I'd be interested to see how you found them :D.Tour Package? With whom?

mikebartnz
07-02-2012, 01:10 AM
Yosemite National Park. I don't know how commercialized it has got now.
Personally I wouldn't spend too much time in LAX.

Iantech
07-02-2012, 03:34 AM
Disneyland while in LA !!

Erayd
07-02-2012, 07:34 AM
Tour Package? With whom?Not a tour package, just a few friends doing a road trip ;).

tingle
07-02-2012, 08:50 AM
J. Paul Getty Museum - fantastic.

tingle
07-02-2012, 08:53 AM
Paradise Cove, Malibu
Go barefoot and play in the sand with your toes while you drink beer, eat peanuts, watch bikinis, have lunch/dinner. Bliss.

bob_doe_nz
07-02-2012, 09:25 AM
Disneyland while in LA !!Bleck! Though I've been told to visit Universal Studios.

R2x1
07-02-2012, 09:27 AM
Ensure you see the Grand Canyon at sunrise and sunset, otherwise you may think that the pictures of the place are as good as it gets.

Richard
07-02-2012, 09:30 AM
Golden Gate Bridge, Napa valley, Mill Valley Sausalito in San Fran. Be aware though that san Francisco is often very cold, even in summer.

WalOne
07-02-2012, 10:49 AM
Don't miss driving the coast road from LA to San Francisco - either direction, or both. Brilliant scenery.

If you're into Tacky and crass, don't miss the Hearst Castle (unless it's been turned into a fast food outlet since I last saw it). If you're not into Tacky and crass, don't miss the Hearst Castle to remind you of your cultural roots and that your good taste remains unsullied. :groan:

LA is gauche, a concrete jungle. But that's what people go to gawk at, to visit the theme parks, then say they just love southern California. The Getty Museum and the Huntington Art Gallery are both musts (if you're into art, the latter houses some masterpieces like Gainsborough's Blue Boy) You know doubt will be reassured that in the event of nuclear attack, the gallery housing Blue Boy is a giant elevator which is designed to descend into the bowels of the earth to protect the painting. Not too reassuring though, if you happened to be gazing at the painting at the time :lol:

Take in San Diego, very much like Auckland in many ways, and take in Tijuana at the same time.

The one saving grace about So Cal is that it is close to San Francisco ... have fun!

AvonBill
07-02-2012, 12:33 PM
While in San Francisco I visited Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods National Monument just north of SF.
I biked all around SF and over the Golden Gate bridge. It was a great experience.

Catweazle
07-02-2012, 06:39 PM
Paradise Cove, Malibu
Go barefoot and play in the sand with your toes while you drink beer, eat peanuts, watch bikinis, have lunch/dinner. Bliss.

Wait..what?

Isn't that what most kiwis are doing right now..? Gah I love summer.

gary67
07-02-2012, 07:04 PM
Paradise Cove, Malibu
Go barefoot and play in the sand with your toes while you drink beer, eat peanuts, watch bikinis, have lunch/dinner. Bliss.

You don't need to go all the way to So Cal for that just come to Nelson

bob_doe_nz
07-02-2012, 10:38 PM
Cheers for that. Arts and crafts are not my thing, so the Getty Museum won't be on my list.
I will actually be visiting a friend in an area of Cali for a week before actually taking the tour, though nowhere near the places the tour package will take me.

And yes, the Grand Canyon is on the top of my list, I've been wanting to visit it for ages!!!

Also possibly San Francisco. I have (Or had) relatives there and wouldn't mind a small genealogy search.
Alcatraz, Cable Cars Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermans Wharf BEFORE dark.

Los Angeles I will really only get a day to visit. That is the day after my tour trip ends.

plod
07-02-2012, 10:45 PM
I would recommend going to the twit brick house in Petaluma. Great if you are a tech peron. Home of podcasting?
http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/TWiT_Brick_House

CYaBro
07-02-2012, 11:50 PM
Definitely Alcatraz and walk or ride a bikw on the golden gate bridge.

SurferJoe46
08-02-2012, 07:23 AM
As a SoCal ex-pat, I'd never send someone to Dizzyland (mucho money!) or any of the typical tourist traps. If I wuz going to California, the places I'd go are as listed:

1) Yermo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yermo,_California) - or The Original Calico Ghost Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Ghost_Town). Originally owned by Walter Knott (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Knott) (of the later-on Knott's Berry Farm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knott%27s_Berry_Farm) fame), it was a working gold and silver mine that is now somewhat representative of the lifestyle of that era. Good food and lots of American and International tourists from Europe too.

2) Death Valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_valley) - get there in the early Spring (April-June) and see what it's all about. You WILL be pleasantly surprised. Absolutely see; Scotty's Castle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotty%27s_Castle) when you're there.

3) Twenty-Nine Palms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_nine_palms) / Yucca Valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Valley) / Joshua Tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Tree_National_Park) - where in the high desert you'll see what a semi-arid lifestyle is like. There's rock climbing, nature walks (docent-assisted), museums and tourist attractions.

4) The Salton Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_sea) - sometimes lower-than sea level, this area has been UP-n-Down for money, attention and bad bureaucratic interventions that have rendered it both beautiful and ugly at the same time.

5) Campo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campo,_California) - the place where the mounted occupation troops were being trained for the time when Japan surrendered after the never-happened invasion of Japan. Each soldier was to be over 6 feet tall, black (we say: African-American) and have the highest physical presence that the US Army could muster. Wearing their campaign hats, riding very tall horses and their military precision was to be an ultimate insult to the smaller Japanese they were to occupy.

There is also a train museum there that takes tourists to Mexico (no visa required) and there is also a very interesting store from the 1800s that held off a Mexican Bandito War when the US Army left a cache of gold there. Very Interesting!

6) San Diego - sorry to say as I dislike the whole SD area - but it has some nice tourist places. There's the San Diego Zoo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Zoo), the where The Star Of India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_India_%28ship%29) is still under sail and in the water and then there's the Spreckels Organ with 4,518 pipes. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreckels_Organ_Pavilion,_San_Diego,_California)

7) Another SD thing to see: The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Town_San_Diego) in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

8) Malibu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malibu,_California)- or the coastline of it anyway. It has some of the richest land and homes in California - right on the 'Strand" of Malibu, actors (if that floats your boat) and some unbelievable architecture are impressive.

9) Venice/Santa Monica Muscle Beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice_beach#Venice_Beach). This ya GOTTA SEE!

10) San Pedro - Fort MacArthur Museum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_MacArthur) - a U.S. Army post which guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974. The Museum was established in 1985, and it is housed in the corridors and galleries of historic Battery Osgood-Farley. While there see the next number too.

11) Fisherman's Village, Marina del Ray. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_del_Ray,_California#Points_of_interest) Great food, great views of Long Beach/Los Angeles Harbor, yacht rides, floating restaurants, etc.

12) Gilroy - The Garlic Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilroy_Garlic_Festival) is super great. Gilroy is called The Garlic Capitol of The World. You'll find garlic EVERYTHING, including ice cream (it's really good) and garlic marmalade. You can smell it for miles, so just get to the area and let your noise lead you in. While you're there, visit some of the great wine producers too.

13) Morro Bay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morro_Bay,_California) - a great sea harbor and fishing village. Extremely good food and terrific golf course too! There is a Marine Museum that should be seen too.

14) Lake Tahoe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_tahoe) - Borders California and Nevada - gambling just over the border in what is prolly the second largest casino-area in the US behind Las Vegas. Cheaper accommodations (some are free) and lots of high Alpine-like tourist-y things to do. A beautiful deep, cold lake that is pristine clean and prolly drinkable right on the shore. Bring a glass. Boat rides, tours and Spring Skiing in all the area. See The Ponderosa - where they filmed 'Bonanza'.

15) Huntington Beach - 'Surf City' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Beach,_California) where I grew up from the age of 16 to 19 or so. See the famous pier and eat at Ruby's On The Pier. Lot's of bikinis, surfers and shore fishermen. Lots of campers on The State Beach and at the base of the pier (I think it's still there anyway!). This whole city has been converted into a Greek Village, and although I miss the original un-classy and scruffy beach town it used to be, this is nice too if you don't have those memories.

16) Pismo Beach and pier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pismo_Beach,_California). This is a slow-down for tourists who need a break from the fast, faster action in the other sights. Good food and accommodations too.

17) Indio - the Date Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_County_Fair_and_National_Date_Festival) is here, and it's a great show. Loud music, loud amusement rides and lots of action. The Dates are to kill for.

Of course, if anyone's coming to Hamilton Montana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton,_MT), let me know.

Richard
08-02-2012, 09:52 AM
I forgot Ghirardellis in San Francisco, for the best ice cream and chocolate in the world. Try one of their hot fudge sundaes for sheer pleasure. I bet Joe has had many of these.

SurferJoe46
08-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Oh yeah - Ghiradellis is nice. Unfortunately it is in San Francisco - a place I dislike more than San Diego. Cold, damp even in Summer.

If you like Nestle's Chocolates, you'll love Ghiradellis too for that same-o Euro-chocolate smoothness.

I'm a-bed today with the nastiest head cold I've ever had. I must've touched a child sometime last week - they're little germ factories, ya know!

Me? I like Hersheys.

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gary67
08-02-2012, 12:53 PM
Check out the start and/or finish of this depending on which way your going Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_Trail)

bob_doe_nz
08-02-2012, 01:34 PM
Me? I like Hersheys.
Vile American attempt at making chocolate. Leaves a strange milky aftertaste.


Check out the start and/or finish of this depending on which way your going Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_Trail)
For me, this is my tour itinerary. http://www.trekamerica.com/tours/w2w.html

I'd like to stay longer but alas I can't. I start and finish in LA.

Steve are you skimming through all this?

mikebartnz
08-02-2012, 08:39 PM
8) Malibu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malibu,_California)- or the coastline of it anyway. It has some of the richest land and homes in California - right on the 'Strand" of Malibu, actors (if that floats your boat) and some unbelievable architecture are impressive.
When I was there this guy sixty yards away got blown away for accidently kicking sand in this guys face.

globe
08-02-2012, 10:23 PM
Vegas rocks. Awesome wtf place...spend a few days there

bob_doe_nz
08-02-2012, 10:42 PM
I've got two.