My Current Los Angeles / Vegas / Miami / Cancun Itinerary, what do people think?

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    Oct 07, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
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    Oct 07, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    I have actually heard that A&F is actually pretty well regarded overseas. Even though they are cliche in the states, at least thats the case I hear in Europe.
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    Oct 07, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI have actually heard that A&F is actually pretty well regarded overseas. Even though they are cliche in the states, at least thats the case I hear in Europe.


    This is true...Paulfexes, the pic of the Palace brought back some nice vaca memories from March. Too bad it was raining when you were there - try in March hardly any rain in my 15+ years of going there in mid-March
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    Oct 07, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidI have actually heard that A&F is actually pretty well regarded overseas. Even though they are cliche in the states, at least thats the case I hear in Europe.


    This is true...Paulfexes, the pic of the Palace brought back some nice vaca memories from March. Too bad it was raining when you were there - try in March hardly any rain in my 15+ years of going there in mid-March
    The rain was more than welcome. It cooled things off just enough to be comfy. And it made all the hot shirtless guys glisten. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 07, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    SpikeyAidanLas Vegas
    Nov 2nd Fri - Nov 6th Tues

    - Go to Krave Nightclub
    - Go to Piranha Nightclub
    - Go Shopping
    - Maybe see Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace
    - I’m thinking at this stage it’s gonna be more of a clubbing/partying weekend than anything but if there’s a chill option for a Sunday or Monday that would be awesome?


    CLUBS
    Krave = overrated. If you insist on going, avoid going on a Friday which is their 18+ night, unless you like the dance floors being crowded with 18 year olds. In that case, enjoy.

    Instead, head to Share. It's off strip but not too far and taxis should know where its all (off Wynn Rd). Its less crowded and more relaxed.

    Piranha and 8 1/2 are also options and Ive had fun at both. They would be considered less classy than Share/Krave. The Garage and Charlies are your best gay bar options.

    On Sunday, Revolution (at the Mirage) turns into a mini-gay club and its also a chill place to go. Monday and Tuesday are "dead" days when it comes to clubs, but you may have more luck at Krave during these times.

    As for straight clubs, XS or Marquee are your best bets. Not sure why youd go to either though because the prices are astronomical compared to any of the gay clubs.

    SHOPPING
    Skip the outlets. The prices arent much better than what you could find elsewhere and selection has seemed sub-par. Although you wont find as much of a "deal," I have never had any issues with the Miracle-Mile on the Strip.

    CHILL MONDAY OPTION
    Go with the Blue Martini. Or experience "dirty Vegas" on Fremont Street. Or go hiking in Red Rock.
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    Oct 07, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Thanks to everyone who has replied so far, this is really great advice!

    We don't have A & F in Australia so I guess it's more of just checking out something that is more American.

    running11 saidWhere are you staying in LA?


    In West Hollywood. Unfortunately I don't think I will be renting a car. We drive on opposite sides so I think it might be a hard to pick that up straight away. I will be relying on buses and taxi's. Unless do you know if LA has some bus tour thing that goes to the main attractions and you can hop on and hop off?

    Also does anyone recommend a phone company to get a temporary sim card. Yes I will be using Grindr to meet local guys haha so it's a fair bit of MG usage, what would the cheapest company?
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    Oct 07, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
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    Los Angeles
    Oct 30 Tuesday - Nov 2nd Friday

    - Visit Hollywood / Chinese Theatre *Visit Observatory and Rodeo Drive, Sprinkles cupcake, The Grove
    - Do a Casual Visit at Gold’s Gym
    - Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica
    - Dinner in Chinatown/Korea Town
    - Check out the gay scene in West Hollywood – anyone know of any good bars or clubs mid week? I have heard of the Abbey? *I would avoid it all in all but Here Lounge is good
    - Attend the 2012 West Hollywood Halloween Street Party & Carnival on the Wednesday Night!
    - Shopping for Abercrombie & Fitch Clothes *I would visit the clothing shops on La Brea between Beverly Drive and 3rd St. Also shops on Melrose between La Brea and Fairfax (they have stores like American apparel, and Urban Outfitter. Also 3rd St Promenade has great clothing stores

    If you like music, Amoeba music store on Sunset is great.
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    Oct 07, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    I think I wish I had your life right now. Wanna trade?


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    Oct 08, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    SpikeyAidan saidThanks to everyone who has replied so far, this is really great advice!

    We don't have A & F in Australia so I guess it's more of just checking out something that is more American.

    running11 saidWhere are you staying in LA?


    In West Hollywood. Unfortunately I don't think I will be renting a car. We drive on opposite sides so I think it might be a hard to pick that up straight away. I will be relying on buses and taxi's. Unless do you know if LA has some bus tour thing that goes to the main attractions and you can hop on and hop off?

    Also does anyone recommend a phone company to get a temporary sim card. Yes I will be using Grindr to meet local guys haha so it's a fair bit of MG usage, what would the cheapest company?


    I think Metro PCS (just this week announced to be sold to TMobile) is the cheapest here.
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    Oct 08, 2012 7:00 AM GMT
    SpikeyAidan saidThanks to everyone who has replied so far, this is really great advice!

    We don't have A & F in Australia so I guess it's more of just checking out something that is more American.

    running11 saidWhere are you staying in LA?


    In West Hollywood. Unfortunately I don't think I will be renting a car. We drive on opposite sides so I think it might be a hard to pick that up straight away. I will be relying on buses and taxi's. Unless do you know if LA has some bus tour thing that goes to the main attractions and you can hop on and hop off?

    Also does anyone recommend a phone company to get a temporary sim card. Yes I will be using Grindr to meet local guys haha so it's a fair bit of MG usage, what would the cheapest company?


    About time to start learning. You will need a car
    Buses take forever (10 min car ride could be 50 mins on a bus in LA)
    Taxis add up significantly. That's throwing $ out the window. LA is a stretched out city (one end to the other is like 2 hrs). That's like taking a taxi from Phillip island to Chinatown in Melbourne lolol. Ok maybe not that far but who knows
    I think the cheapest company is t mobile? Is your phone unlocked from Australia? Verizon has better connections like Telstra though
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    Oct 08, 2012 7:24 AM GMT
    zeffery saidAbout time to start learning. You will need a car
    Buses take forever (10 min car ride could be 50 mins on a bus in LA)
    Taxis add up significantly. That's throwing $ out the window. LA is a stretched out city (one end to the other is like 2 hrs). That's like taking a taxi from Phillip island to Chinatown in Melbourne lolol. Ok maybe not that far but who knows
    I think the cheapest company is t mobile? Is your phone unlocked from Australia? Verizon has better connections like Telstra though


    Wow it does sound very spaced out. There are a few hop on hop off bus tours that are valid for 48 hours so I'm thinking I'm gonna do that. I'm thinking of going with this one - http://www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-2.asp

    The only thing is that it doesn't go to Santa Monica & Venice Beach. So gotta think of a way to get there!

    I'll also have to figure out if there's a stop over on the tour that's close to a big shopping mall.

    Yeh phone's unlocked so shouldn't be a prob.
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    Oct 08, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
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    Oct 08, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    NJDewd saidA good economy hotel closer to strip - you have time to change unless you did a webservice like expedia etc..


    The Microtel is probably closer to Las Vegas Blvd., but it is on the far south end of the strip. The Super 8 motel is just one block from Bally's Bellagio, and Caesars Palace . Las Vegas has HUGE blocks, BTW. Interestingly, both properties are owned by the same Wyndham corporation.

    Either would be fine, but his choice of Super 8 is more centrally located.

    BTW, the black guy sitting by the fence near the 7-11 (next door to the Super 8 ) is a really nice guy. He's been there for several years. He rides the bus from a group home and collects money to survive on. Most bums are drug addicts and mental patients but this guy's legit.

    I'll be walking past your motel at about 2:30 every day from the bus to work, and back to the bus about 11:10, so wave out the window! LOL
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    Oct 08, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
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    NJDewd saidA good economy hotel closer to strip - you have time to change unless you did a webservice like expedia etc..


    The Microtel is probably closer to Las Vegas Blvd., but it is on the far south end of the strip. The Super 8 motel is just one block from Bally's Bellagio, and Caesars Palace . Las Vegas has HUGE blocks, BTW. Interestingly, both properties are owned by the same Wyndham corporation.

    Either would be fine, but his choice of Super 8 is more centrally located.

    BTW, the black guy sitting by the fence near the 7-11 (next door to the Super 8 ) is a really nice guy. He's been there for several years. He rides the bus from a group home and collects money to survive on. Most bums are drug addicts and mental patients but this guy's legit.

    I'll be walking past your motel at about 2:30 every day from the bus to work, and back to the bus about 11:10, so wave out the window! LOL


    Yes Wyndham owns a stable of franchised hotels and both are under its wing. Would you say the Microtel Inn is in a less sketchy area than the Super 8? I think it is cheaper than Super 8?
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:04 AM GMT
    Vaughn saidDrop the Aberzombie cloths. icon_biggrin.gif


    Well said!

    Would be great to see Zion National Park, Yosemite, Arches National Park and Bryce Canon National Park = the places that make America great, but I suppose that's not really what this trip's about.

    On the Cancun or not to Cancun thread, I advised you to visit Valladolid and the hinterland of the peninsula to see the Mayan ruins as opposed to staying in Cancun, but after reading this, I don't think you'll be into it.

    To each their own.

    Have fun!
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    Oct 08, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    LA - Add The Max Factor Museum (now called The Hollywood History Museum)

    Miami - maybe a few hours in Coconut Grove for Florida stone crabs at Monty Trainers, a stroll through the different-looking Mayfair shopping center, and if you're up for old house tours The Barnacle, a tropical waterfront VICTORIAN home, is very different for the area
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    Oct 08, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    zeffery said
    About time to start learning. You will need a car
    Buses take forever (10 min car ride could be 50 mins on a bus in LA)
    Taxis add up significantly. That's throwing $ out the window. LA is a stretched out city (one end to the other is like 2 hrs).



    ^^^This^^^ Don't even think about not having a rental car in L.A. You'll spend a fortune, plus waste loads of time waiting for taxis and/or public transportation. Also, mid-week in Weho (preferably Thursday night) MARIX Tex-Mex is always a great place to start for Fajitas & the "Kick Ass" Margaritas -- just off Santa Monica Blvd and only a few blocks from all the cubs. It's been a West Hollywood staple for over 30 years and always filled with a great crowd.

    http://www.marixtexmex.com