Made a last minute decision to go to San Diego and LA for the first time, need suggestions on where to go and what to see! (from Australia :P )

  • jx3fans

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    Mar 14, 2010 10:37 AM GMT
    Going to a West Coast Swing convention (Swingdiego) in San Diego in May. Staying in San Diego for a day afterwards and then LA for two days. Didn't plan on that at all, need suggestions on the tourist stuff. Thanks icon_smile.gif
  • offshore

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    Mar 14, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    Midway museum, Zoo, Balboa Park.
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    Mar 14, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    Seaport village walk along the water. The Hotel Del Coronado. You can take the ferry across the bay.

    Mission bay boardwalk. It is fun to ride on the trolley. You could take it down to the MX border.

    San Diego = my new home.
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    Mar 14, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    wow...San Diego in a day and LA in two days..haha...good luck.

    you could do a park (like Sea World, the Zoo, Wild Animal Park, LegoLand, Balboa) in the morning and then hit the beach to relax in the afternoon.

    Pacific Beach is packed and a great place to people watch. Black's beach is a hike down a crazy cliff, but gay friendly, North County beaches are less crowded and nicer (but I'm biased cause I'm a Carlsbad guy).

    At night the SD club scene isn't the greatest, but Hillcrest is the gay part of town, so you could start there and see where you end up, lol.

    As far as LA goes...ugh...I try to avoid most of LA, except the beach. Try Santa Monica..

    have fun..
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    Mar 14, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    Yeah I agree... LA.. I stay away from.. If you are going there for the first time... Take a stroll down Rodeo Drive, Wilshire.

    See WeHo. Stop in and have a margarita and people watch. Take a hike down sunset. See one of the beaches.

    San Diego would be a suburb of LA if we did not have camp pendelton. (IMHO).

    Anyhoo. Enjoy your time.
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    Mar 14, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    As for San Diego, most of the touristy places are already mentioned, but being the most favorite city I had ever visited in the USA, I thought I throw in my 2 cents.
    Sea World is a great place to visit, but when I was there myself, it took me a whole day to see everything I wanted to see.
    Mission Beach is worth relaxing - it's quite near to Sea World.
    Nearer Downtown, Balboa Park with its zoo, museums and the Prada will take a full day, with me it took two days to see the best of it. Then there is is Gaslamp District in the city itself.
    The Trolley takes you to the Mexican border, where I spent the day at Tijuana, the Mexican frontier town.
    For LA, the best place to stay, I would think is Santa Monica, on the Pacific coast. Hollywood Studios and Disneyland are nice places to visit, although they are crowded with tourists.
    It is my opinion that San Diego offers much more for the size of the city compared to the size of Los Angeles.
  • groundcombat

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    Mar 14, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    Stay away from LA?

    Fine, your loss. Less traffic.
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    Mar 14, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    I hope when you come here you get the nice weather we're having now. Can't wait for the 80's this week. icon_smile.gif

    People mentioned the tourist things of SD. I like some outdoors things so Torrey Pines park, hiking!
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    Mar 14, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    LA La Brea museum< you need to spend a day in Passadena too, lot to see there.
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    Mar 14, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    San Diego destinations are well covered above. Seeing Southern California, especially Los Angeles assumes a car, and travel time. Two days in Los Angeles is a lot of navigating that will chew up time quickly. In fact, I think the comparisons between Melbourne/Sydney and San Diego/Los Angeles in terms of size, density, public transport and navigability might be relavant to you.

    Freeways here can be very intimidating for the foreign visitor, in addition to driving on the other side of the road. I'd suggest carfully planning out your time, mode of transportation and destinations.

    That said, I think downtown Los Angeles was overlooked, as was Hollywood and even Disneyland that are distinctive parts of the city and its character.