Things to do in LA

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    Mar 05, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    I just turned 21 last week and to celebrate my parents bought me tickets to go to LA all expense paid for about 5 days. I'm super excited. But here's the deal: I've been to LA before and I've done all the touristy crap. I have tickets to go to a sitcom taping, but other than that I've got free reign.

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to take a trip down CA-1 and sightsee down the coast. I heard that this is the season for gray whale migration. Plus the Hearst Mansion is supposed to be impressive.

    If anyone has any suggestions about what to do, please advise. Also, I want to go to some wineries or maybe a tour in or around LA. Please let me know if anyone knows of any good ones. Restaurants and bars too!

    Oh, and I think I'll be doing a day in Sequoia and perhaps some hiking or horseback riding.

    Any and all suggestions would be helpful from fellow vacationers or locals.

    Thanks all! Take care.
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    Mar 05, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    there's a really good vineyard called agua dulce.

    i also recommend the getty villa

    and while you're in malibu, visit any of the fun restaurants on pacific coast highway. i'm partial to:

    paradise cove cafe



    drive up PCH to santa barbara for the day.

    for a TOTAL cheezeball experience, do the tour of the star's homes leaving from grauman's chinese theater. it's a riot.

    those are a few of my suggestions. if you need more, or have any other questions, let me know. i'm happy to help.

    oh yeah, most importantly - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    check out this thread:
  • EricLA

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    Mar 05, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Happy birthday! Here are a few ideas:

    Hearst Castle is a bit north, but if you have the time go ahead.

    Definitely agree about the Getty Center's location along the 405. Even if you're not into art, it was a nice garden to walk through and the view of LA (assuming it's not too smoggy) is beautiful. This may have changed, but I believe you need to reserve parking in advance. But they also have last minute cancelations that you can usually call in for the day of. The Getty also has their Villa location along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), which is a reconstruction of an Italian villa. Most of their statuary is there. I haven't had a chance to revisit yet, they re-opened when I was living in NYC.

    The beaches are nice if the weather is good. You can rent bikes or rollerblades at many places from Venice and north through Santa Monica. They have a nice path, as long as you don't have to dodge too many pedestrians using the wrong path, for many miles. The stretch I blade when the weather is nice is 5 miles one-way, so it's a great workout. And usually some nice eye candy to look at going the other way.

    If you like deserts or rock climbing, I think Joshua Tree is a reasonable distance.

    There are a lot of great hiking trails right in LA. Several places along Sunset in Santa Monica, or Runyan (spelling?) Canyon in the Hollywood area.
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    Mar 05, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    Horse back riding in the hills is fun if the weather is nice...( I would recommend the one hour ride instead of the 2 hr rides)

    And the Getty villa is amazing.

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    Mar 05, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Some of my fave's...MARIX TEX MEX on Flores just north of Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood for the best Fajitas and Margaritas anywhere (don't forget to try "The Sizzling Apple Pie" for desert - YUMMM!)

    Also, THE ABBEY on Robertson just south of Santa Monica is a must stop for any gay guy on a hottie hunt.

    Lastly, take a hike up Runyon Canyon on Saturday or Sunday morning where you'll get some great exercise, see some great homes down the canyon from overhead, and likely run in to a celebrity or two.
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    Mar 05, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    Griffith Park Observatory

    Santa Monica then Malibu (great beaches)

    The Abbey (WeHo-Robertson @ Santa Monica Blvd)

    Here (next to the Abbey)

    Fiesta Cantina (for Happy Hour)

    The Getty

    THe Standard Downtown (top floor outdoor pool for drinks)

    Merrick's (Taco Tuesday)

    Manhattan Beach (volleyball)

    Sushi Roku (Sushi-duh)
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    Mar 05, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    If you like going to the movies, go to the Arclight Hollywood.

    And if you're into architecture, get a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright houses and/or Frank Gehry Walt Disney Concert hall (maybe see the LA Philharmonic there).

    Phillippe's in downtown LA created the original French Dip sandwich.

    Cassell's on 6th is an old-school famous hamburger joint that has been around for ages.
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 05, 2008 11:02 PM GMT

    Sunday: Here Lounge in WeHo, starting around 7:30pm

    Tuesday: MJs in Silverlake or Beige in West Hollywood

    Thursday: Obar in WeHo for something upscale; Fubar in WeHo for something downscale.

    Friday: Eleven in WeHo. Get there by 10-10:30

    Saturday: Here Lounge. Get there by 10

    Saturday and Sunday afternoons: The Abbey in WeHo.
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    Mar 06, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    WoW. Thanks so much, guys. Sorry I didn't get back to ya'll sooner, but I had a big pharmacology exam.

    Some of these suggestions sound great. I did some research and I think I'll be going to The Getty and definately some of the bars and restaurants.

    Thanks again! You're all very awesome and helpful.

    Take care,
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Squarejaw said

    Thursday: Fubar in WeHo for something downscale.


    Just be prepared to see A LOT of dick. between the strippers and their "contests" you might be in for more than you expected. I usually need about a week of not seeing dick after I leave.

    That being said, it is my favorite night to go out in LA. A random but fun crowd that is pretty social.

    the contest goes like this.
    You ( if you decide to compete, I haven't) go into the back room and let them take pics of your dick or vag or boobs etc.
    They then hang an 8x10 pic of your stuff up on a clothes line in the middle of the bar with a number and people vote who has the nicest . The prize is a bar tab.
    It is pretty funny actually.

    I actually like Bar Marmont for dinner or early evening drinks most nights of the week too.
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    Mar 06, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    For the quintessential SoCal experience, don't forgot about sitting in traffic for a few hours on the 405 freeway!
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    if you like art, go to LACMA. the new BCAM exhibit is open. it is my fav!!