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beautiful dreamer
07-25-2009, 12:55 PM
Hi forummembers who live in California and everyone who can advise me

I'm going on vacation to California :yippee:

What can you recommend me to do/see?
Not the tourist things which I can find in the books and on the web but the special things in your area.

Jolanda

Terr
07-26-2009, 01:12 AM
Yosemite, Disneyland, Laguna Beach--Art Festival is happening now

Jimmy CX
07-26-2009, 09:59 AM
Depends where you are going to be???? In the North? Central? South?? The Coast is always best for scenic travel and Discoveries! Mendocino County, Ferndale (Where they shot the movie the Majestic) and Petrolia in Humbolt County... and some of the small towns are cool! Avenue of the Giants is cool if you like Redwood trees in Garberville. Nevada City is a cool little place and Grass Valley & Angles Camp, Santa Cruz, Big Sir, Monterey and Santa Barbara and of coarse the palace of fine Arts and Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco is nice with a ride on a cable car and a jog across the golden gate Bridge? Fishermans warf is a tourist trap and the food is Expensive and Awful! Anyway thats a few places???

Mustang Girl
07-27-2009, 09:25 PM
This is probably in the tour books but really, I feel it is a must see. Muir Woods! You can walk around in this beautiful, awesome environment (which is also where the forest scenes from Star Wars Return of the Jedi was filmed) then drive down the hill to Muir Beach and there is even a little English pub there (at least it was there the last time I went). I have the most beautiful picture at Muir Beach. It was taken in January and there were clear skies except for one little puff of a cloud and the sun was brilliant.

The Jelly Belly factory is always a fun little stop. You get to tour the factory and get a bag of jelly beans at the end. (Jelly Belly jelly beans are international aren't they?)

Lake Tahoe is another beautiful scenery place. You can probably go up one of the ski lifts and get a birds eye view of it. I did that in Jackson Hole Wyoming so I would guess they do it at the ski places here.

I heard the Steinhart Aquarium and Planetarium in Golden Gate park has been all redone and is spectacular.

The Winchester Mystery house and quite the interesting American history stop.

Maybe these are all in the guide books but that's probably because these are some pretty cool places to go. If you want good beer, try BJ's brewhouse Hef. Yum! They are a chain of restaurants with awesome food and even more awesome beer!

Have a great trip!

:)

Kristin

mmandy
07-27-2009, 09:31 PM
Yeah, you've got to be a little more specific.
California is a 7 hour drive across from east to west, and about 13 hours from north to south.

Where are you going to be?

San francisco?
Los Angeles?
San Diego?
Redding?
Sacramento?


:EmoteShrug:

Party Girl
07-27-2009, 09:37 PM
This is probably in the tour books but really, I feel it is a must see. Muir Woods! You can walk around in this beautiful, awesome environment (which is also where the forest scenes from Star Wars Return of the Jedi was filmed) then drive down the hill to Muir Beach and there is even a little English pub there (at least it was there the last time I went). I have the most beautiful picture at Muir Beach. It was taken in January and there were clear skies except for one little puff of a cloud and the sun was brilliant.

The Jelly Belly factory is always a fun little stop. You get to tour the factory and get a bag of jelly beans at the end. (Jelly Belly jelly beans are international aren't they?)

Lake Tahoe is another beautiful scenery place. You can probably go up one of the ski lifts and get a birds eye view of it. I did that in Jackson Hole Wyoming so I would guess they do it at the ski places here.

I heard the Steinhart Aquarium and Planetarium in Golden Gate park has been all redone and is spectacular.

The Winchester Mystery house and quite the interesting American history stop.

Maybe these are all in the guide books but that's probably because these are some pretty cool places to go. If you want good beer, try BJ's brewhouse Hef. Yum! They are a chain of restaurants with awesome food and even more awesome beer!

Have a great trip!

:)

Kristin

Thank you Kristin for reminding me of these other wonderful things to see and do in California. I can't believe I have forgotten about the Winchester Mystery House and I was just in Muir Woods and your right, its absolutely beautiful. I think Jolanda & John like to hike and stuff like that. :clap2:

And Jolanda! Don't forget to see Y&T at the Avalon on Sept 11!!

Babe Magnet
07-28-2009, 05:19 AM
I do enjoy living here. There's so much to see that you could spend a month here and still not get the full pallete. Just a few of my favorite places: Bodie the ghost town is extremely unique and sits in the high dessert on the eastern side of the Sierra (a region I love, but is very rugged). Pismo Beach and the central coast - the most beautiful region I've ever lived in - just about perfect. San Diego, more beautiful coast, perfect weather, lots of happy people (for good reason). San Francisco, a beautiful unique city with too much to list here. The north coast is also beautiful. I get to do work all over the state and that makes me a lucky man. I was just up in the little town of Westwood, in the north Sierra, yesterday. Very beautiful up there.

Wine country, dessert, mountains, beaches...it really comes down to how much time you have and what you want to see.

The Garage Sale Man
07-28-2009, 08:34 AM
[QUOTE=Babe Magnet;285307] Just a few of my favorite places: Bodie the ghost town is extremely unique and sits in the high dessert on the eastern side of the Sierra (a region I love, but is very rugged).

I went to Bodie Last August for the first time, and I agree, very cool.
I like that 395 run between reno and Lone Pine, The Alabama Hills, and Mono Lake where High plains drifter was filmed, just went there in March, and stayed in Bishop, also checked out the mammoth lakes area. I love the mountains and Lake Tahoe to Lone pine is it for me.

also, I used to live in redding, just visited there a week ago, Go to whiskytown lake, hike to whiskytown falls (3.6 mi round trip), go to Jacks grill for Steaks
in downtown, see the sundial bridge over the Sac river also there in town

mmandy
07-28-2009, 10:36 AM
also, I used to live in redding, just visited there a week ago, Go to whiskytown lake, hike to whiskytown falls (3.6 mi round trip), go to Jacks grill for Steaks in downtown, see the sundial bridge over the Sac river also there in town


And then head east about 45 minutes and camp at Burney Falls, a HUGE amazing Waterfall. (and it flows into a cool lake where you can rent paddleboats !)

beautiful dreamer
07-29-2009, 12:36 PM
Yeah, you've got to be a little more specific.
California is a 7 hour drive across from east to west, and about 13 hours from north to south.

Where are you going to be?

San francisco?
Los Angeles?
San Diego?
Redding?
Sacramento?


:EmoteShrug:


We start San Francisco, see Yosemite Park, wanna drive Highway 1 and see Los Angelos. We have 3 weeks. If possible we go to AC/DC and don't forget Y&T september 11.

If you have any reason why we should go to a particular place, tell we why.
We don't have any hotels booked yet, we can go where ever we want.

Jolanda

Rockerbob
07-29-2009, 01:18 PM
Idlewylde (sp) is awesome! Its in the mountains right above Palm Springs. Very beautiful indeed. Also if you are in Newport Beach make sure to eat at the Crab Cooker, excellent resturaunt and sea food market.

Lauretta
07-29-2009, 05:51 PM
Welo, I wouldn't recommend you drive Hiway 1 all the way to LA, it takes hours and hours and is very curvy and turny. Maybe hop in for a little bit here and there. If you drive down 101 to Pismo Beach and the Santa Barbara area then you are at the beach into LA. "L" :)