To do in California?

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    Apr 01, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Im heading to California in June for 2 months, most of that time will be around Los Angeles and going to Arizona for a week. What suggestions are best to do? beaches? shopping? sports? parks?
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    Apr 01, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    I think the Simpsons summed it up quite nicely. icon_biggrin.gif

    simpsons-la-tour.jpg

    But seriously, depends on your interests. We got beaches, sports teams, museums, cultural landmarks, entertainment venues, food/restaurants from many cultures, and traffic. Lots of traffic. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    aussiedude saidWho To do in California?
    Fixed.
  • LJay

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    To be practical about it, google the placesyou will be and take notes. I spent a week in LA and had to stay in one of the big hotels. Downtown is boring. As for Arizona, carry your papers at all times and avoid anyone in a cop uniform.

    If I were doing it, I would go for history. Glitz is not my thing.
  • Hunter9

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI think the Simpsons summed it up quite nicely. icon_biggrin.gif

    simpsons-la-tour.jpg

    But seriously, depends on your interests. We got beaches, sports teams, museums, cultural landmarks, entertainment venues, food/restaurants from many cultures, and traffic. Lots of traffic. icon_lol.gif


    never seen this, but that's quite funny. basically visit any place that has a catchy jingle in their commercials, and major traffic epicenters. and lol for chatsworth
  • sfdann

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    LAX long term parking lot C is da bombicon_lol.gif
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    Message me and I'll send you suggested and off the beaten path places to see in all regions of California. I work in Tourism.
  • metta

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    What do you like to do is a better place to start. There are always tons of things to do.


    If you like pride festivals, WeHo's is in June: http://www.lapride.org/pride2012/festival.html


    here is a copy of a few things that are happening on one GLBT calendar:
    (but there is a lot more stuff than this)
    June ‘12
    1 Fri Concert Van Halen with special guest Kool & the Gang, Staples Center, Downtown
    Los Anglees, CA (800) 745-3000 www.van-halen.com
    4 Mon Concert REO, with special guest Rick Springfield, at the Greek Theater,
    2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. www.greektheatre.com
    8-10 Fri Pride Los Angeles/West Hollywood Gay Pride, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Thru Sunday. www.lapride.com
    12 Tues Concert Van Halen with special guest Kool & the Gang, Staples Center, Downtown
    Los Anglees, CA (800) 745-3000 www.van-halen.com
    14 Thurs Discussion Tribe, Discussion: Family, West Hollywood Library, Community Room - Park
    Level, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. 7:30pm. Validated
    parking is available in the 5-story parking structure. www.weho.org/tribe
    15 Fri Concert Kenny Loggins, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    (81icon_cool.gif 879-5016 www.canyonclub.net
    17 Sun Concert Counting Crows, Club Nokia, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
    22 Wed Concert New Edition, Nokia Theater L.A.Live, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
    22 Wed Concert Jennifer Hudson: Remember Me Tour, at the Greek Theater,
    2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. www.greektheaterla.com
    22 Wed Design Dwell on Design, Los Angeles Convention Center thru Friday. The West Coast’s
    Largest Modern Design Event. www.dwellondesign.com
    23-24 Sat Pride San Francisco LGBT Pride 2012, thru Sunday. www.sfpride.org
    24 Sun Concert New Edition, Nokia Theater, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
    www.nokiatheaterlalive.com
    23 Thurs Concert Alison Krauss & Union Station, summer tour, at the Greek Theater,
    2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. www.greektheatrela.com



    July ‘12
    4 Wed Holiday Independence Day
    4-8 Wed Pride At The Beach: Los Angeles Black Pride, Los Angeles, CA
    www.myblackpridela.com
    7 Sat Pride Santa Barbara Pride, Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
    www.pacificpridefestival.org
    8-10 Sun Pride San Luis Obispo Pride, San Luis Obispo, CA www.slopride.com
    11 Wed Cars Great Autos of Yesteryear, West Coast Meet: Cote d‘Obispo, San Luis Obispo,
    CA thru Sunday. www.greatautos.org
    12 Thurs Discussion Tribe, Discussion: Gay Elders, West Hollywood Library, Community Room - Park
    Level, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. 7:30pm. Validated
    parking is available in the 5-story parking structure. www.weho.org/tribe
    14 Sat Concert Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA
    20 Fri Holy Day First of Ramadan
    20-22 Fri Pride San Diego Pride, San Diego, CA www.sdpride.org
    27 Fri Bondage So. Cal Bondage, Butchmanns Experience on the Road! ALL MALE EVENT
    Hosted by the House of the Infinite Paradigm. At Threshold! For more information
    please visit: www.butchmanns-experience.org & www.socalbondage.com


    The Sawdust Festival begins at the very end of June: http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/
  • metta

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
  • metta

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    Apr 01, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    If it was me, some possible things I would consider going to:

    - beaches - laguna, venice, santa monica (gay beach area), Rancho Palos Verdes (tide pools)
    - the Getty
    - Disneyland
    - Magic Castle (you need to be invited)
    - hiking
    - The Hollywood Bowl and/or The Greek Theater
    - LA Farmers Market/The Grove
    - check to see if any of your favorite artists/plays are playing at any of the local theaters/clubs
    - Palm Springs
    - Santa Barbara

    Check out this as well: https://www.goldstar.com You can sometimes find some good deals for things you want to go to.

    http://www.goldstar.com/los-angeles/events
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    Apr 01, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
    Some info here:
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/519222/

    Southern California Close-Ups: Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu
    http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-socalcloseups-20110731,0,1394619.story?track=rss
    I prefer the South Bay: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach as being more laid back, more traditional Southern California, but the west side and Malibu also have great spots.
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    Apr 01, 2012 9:53 AM GMT
    i lol'ed at long beach city college, went there a couple of years
  • Sportsfan1

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    Apr 01, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    We have the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Try finding a mom and pop type place, avoid the chain restaurants. I like to take first time visitors to the Grand Central Market on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. If you have the time take in a Dodger game at Dodger Stadium. I can get you a ticket for a reasonable price. Just email me on this site. Hope you enjoy your stay here. We have something for everyone, it just depends on what you want to do.
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    Apr 01, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    I do Marines when I'm in CA.

    Camp Pendleton is basically a finishing school for hot bottom guys.

    Also Tahoe is nice.
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    Apr 01, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    Highway 395 in the Sierra Nevada is a lot of fun if you like outdoor activities. Goes right by Yosemite and some other really pretty spaces on the way to the Tahoe area.

    Pacific Coast Highway is also a good drive.
  • metta

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    Apr 01, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Sportsfan1 saidWe have the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Try finding a mom and pop type place, avoid the chain restaurants. I like to take first time visitors to the Grand Central Market on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. If you have the time take in a Dodger game at Dodger Stadium. I can get you a ticket for a reasonable price. Just email me on this site. Hope you enjoy your stay here. We have something for everyone, it just depends on what you want to do.



    This one is in a yucky city but the food has the best Mexican food I have ever had:
    http://lahuasteca.com/

    I live in a city that literally has over 100 mexican restaurants and i would totally go out of my way to go to that one. They specialize in food from a particular area of Mexico. I remember one of my neighbors telling me she was surprised at some of the dishes they offer because one of them is normally way too labor intensive for restaurants to make. I don't remember what it was called what I had last time but it was amazing. I went on valentine's day and they did not have their regular menu. There were no vegetarian options so the chef made something for me. I love the little touches like the fresh pomegranate seeds sprinkled on the top and they had some very tasty cold soups.
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    In S CA I would suggest a short flight to northern CA :-) You won't regret it.
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    Sportsfan1 saidWe have the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Try finding a mom and pop type place, avoid the chain restaurants. I like to take first time visitors to the Grand Central Market on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. If you have the time take in a Dodger game at Dodger Stadium. I can get you a ticket for a reasonable price. Just email me on this site. Hope you enjoy your stay here. We have something for everyone, it just depends on what you want to do.

    You can find good Mexican food all around LA. For example, a couple of blocks from the beach, but avoid busy times - only stools at a counter.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-tarasco-restaurant-manhattan-beach
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 06, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    Expect LA to be hot in June (like Sydney in summer).
    Take a few days and go to Yosemite Park (mountains, snow, bears, bison, big waterfalls)(mid-California).
    Take a side trip to San Diego.
    If you're really adventurous, do a backpack hike in Kings Canyon Park - enter from either the east or west side - alpine lakes at about 3000 -3500 meters - that's about a 1500 meter climb, depending on from which direction you come. The snow on top will probably have melted by June this year.
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    Apr 06, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    Suetonius saidExpect LA to be hot in June (like Sydney in summer).

    No, that's not the case. The inland valleys can be warmer but the average June temperatures are a high of 70 deg F, and low of 58 deg F.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32655-s208/Los-Angeles:California:Weather.And.When.To.Go.html
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    Sportsfan1 saidWe have the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Try finding a mom and pop type place, avoid the chain restaurants. I like to take first time visitors to the Grand Central Market on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. If you have the time take in a Dodger game at Dodger Stadium. I can get you a ticket for a reasonable price. Just email me on this site. Hope you enjoy your stay here. We have something for everyone, it just depends on what you want to do.



    This one is in a yucky city but the food has the best Mexican food I have ever had:
    http://lahuasteca.com/



    Lynwood! LOL Lynwood is a MUST see if you go to L.A.!


    Thankfully Im a escaped L.A. native! Have to admit the simpson list is soooooo spot on!
  • metta

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    Apr 06, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    Yeah...Lynwood is a scarry city. But the restaurant is really good.
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    Apr 06, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    Go to the Playboy jazz fest at hollywood bowl!
  • NYCAthlete

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    Apr 06, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    You should take a drive up Highway 1 on the coast, see the Giant Sequoias and Yosemite. Those might not be all in the same trip.
    In LA the Getty Center is an awesome museum, both beautiful architecture and art.
    You should eat at the The Ivy because it's famous for being a celebrity hot spot. Also if you want the best Japanese you'll ever have eat at Matsuhisa.
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Pacoima and downtown Van Nuys (so quaint) is a must see as well!