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    california gimps,
    annalisa and i are flying out to california for our honeymoon, we were thinking march or early april. anyway, we are going to fly into lax and then bounce up the coast.. couple days here couple days there. is that a good time of year temp wise, we wanted high 70's low 80's.........

    so now i need ideas on where and what to see. so far we want to go to santa monica pier, venice beach and hollywood.
    of course gimp friendly ideas hotels etc.

    thx

    we will have a rental car waiting at lax
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    Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Carmel, Monterrey, San Fran ~ depends on how far up (North) you want to go. April is generally rainy season, have you considered heading South like Laguna Beach (I go there every year), Carlsbad, San Diego, La Jolla, etc. Many, many options, depending on budget and time.

    If you do go North, you may want to stay at the Madonna Inn which is a kick for newlyweds. Good luck, congratulations, enjoy

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      #3
      First, congrats on the wedding. I saw your pics on the other thread...very nice

      March/April can be unpredictable in terms of weather. It could be very nice or rainy. Probably not beach weather.

      Is this your first time to California? If you've already been, what have you seen?

      You've really got two options...north or south (as Chris suggested). I love the drive up the coast, but Orange County and San Diego also have a lot to offer.

      A few suggestions:
      LA area: Hollywood (although I think it is overrated), Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Universal Studios
      Orange County: Disneyland, Laguna Beach
      San Diego: Balboa Park (lots of great museums and parks), SD Zoo, SD Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Old Town San Diego

      On the coastal drive north, the Madonna Inn is a great suggestion. Also, the Santa Cruz boardwalk is fun. I think you can also stop off in Monterey, which is really beautiful.

      If you go as far north as San Fran, Napa is a great place to visit and can be very romantic. I also love SF's Chinatown and the wharf area. Lots of fun shops and restaurants.

      If you need specific recs for restaurants or hotels, let me know in what cities. I can help with many in the LA/Orange County/San Diego area.
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        #4
        whew, lots of possibilities. To add even more options... there is also East. You're coming after the rainy season and the deserts can be in full-bloom depending on rainfall. Not that far out of LA, the desert can be spectacular in March and April.

        If you decide to go as far as Monterey, then you definitely need to drive Route 1 through Big Sur. You might have to be spontaneous depending on the weather.

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          #5
          sounds like we should go south then, huh. keep suggestions coming. thx all
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            #6
            If you want 70's or 80's in March and April, East may be a good idea. Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, etc. has pretty spectacular weather that time of year. Nice resorts, restaraunts, and casino's as well.

            South will be warmer than North. San Diego's beach scene is much nicer than Venice and there are plenty of neat things to see, including Mexico.

            I just drove up to San Francisco over Thanksgiving - 8 hours. San Diego or Palm Springs is about 2 hours.

            Good luck!

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              #7
              Monterey Aquarium is fantastic if you make it that far north.

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                #8
                That can be the peak of the desert flower season if we have some decent spring rain, so you might want to consider Palm Springs, Anza Borrego State Park, Joshua Tree National Monument, etc. You would need to check on flower conditions. Lancaster area is good for CA poppies around then. You could combine this with Los Angeles (Getty Center, Hollywood, Santa Monica) and San Diego (Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Balboa Park and its museums, etc.).

                Too early in the year for much in the way of water activities (swimming or surfing).

                The Madonna Inn is fun but VERY inaccessible (it is old). I would second Santa Barbara (lots of B&Bs and some are accessible), Los Olivos wine area, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Cambria (J. Patrick House B&B is accessible), Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey (Aquarium, 17 mile drive, Point Lobos, etc.). The Inn at 17 Mile Drive in Pacific Grove has an accessible room. If you like Steinbeck, take in the Steinbeck museum at Salinas. You could go on up to Santa Cruz and San Francisco from there.

                It would also be possible to fly to San Francisco and do the Napa and Sonoma wine countries and combine this with the north coast Redwood Empire for some beautiful scenery, but of course there is still a good chance of rain in March and even April in that area.

                It is a little early for Yosemite or Tahoe, which would also be an option, but only for the Yosemite Valley. Tuolomme Meadows is still snowed in at that time, as is the Tioga Pass road.

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                  #9
                  Oh, yeah, forgot about east! I think Palm Springs is a great honeymoon getaway and just 2 hours outside LA. There are quite a few accessible hotels out that way...Marriott in Palm Desert, Hyatt Grand Champions, Westin Mission Hills, and a few other larger hotel chains. I also managed to find one boutique hotel that has an accessible room with roll-in shower...The Colony Palms Hotel http://www.colonypalmshotel.com/home.php I haven't stayed there yet, but it looks great.

                  My two fav restaurants out there are LG's Steakhouse and Las Casuelas. Both are unique to the Palm Springs area and very yummy! Also, on the drive out, you must stop at Hadley's for a date shake. They are soooo good, it is our tradition to make a stop of it
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                    #10
                    I think its cold in california even during the summer I'm freezing, it doesn't warm up until you hit palm springs. I love Palm springs, its the gay mecca, you must check out gay mart, its very cool.

                    I would love to go to Catalina island again but I'm not sure how accessible it is. I went to the island when I was a teen and we took a boat, that was the best because we had those dolphin looking creatures swimming alongside the boat. And on the island you could cruise around in golf carts, eat al fresco, we even went on another boat that had a glass bottom that was trippy.

                    I like the san diego area more that orange county, the zoo and sea world are fun. I never been to mexico so don't know whats there.
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                      #11
                      March-early april is still a chance of it being somewhat rainy in socal, but the good thing about CA weather is that even if it rains, it usually comes and leaves pretty quick. I've been on vacations before where you're trapped by weather, but not here- you can pretty much wear flip flops here YEAR-ROUND.


                      I vote starting in San Diego. You could always start there and then slowly make your way north- la, venice, even drive the PCH, which is almost a honeymoon must. Monterey is beautiful too, but other than the fact that it's beautiful and the aquarium is there (which is rad, even if aquariums aren't your thing) I wouldn't plan on having too much else to do there other than spend some serious cash, because it's a pretty damn expensive town. When it comes to LA- have a game plan, because unfortunately most of it is pretty dirty, especially the areas by the touristy spots like grohmans chinese theater and that kind of thing. And when I say dirty I don't mean dirt, I mean condoms in the gutter and 2 wrong turns and you're in a bad alley. You'll definitely want to do Venice/Santa Monica on the weekend- it's kinda really sleepy during the week and when the sun goes down, but it's convenient because you can park once and lollygag around down the pathways on Saturday mornings/afternoons or even on Sundays... but that's kinda good because the big citites are a mess during the weekends.

                      If It were me and my money, I'd spend it on San Diego and San Francisco over LA any day- for a honeymoon. I know people coming from other states like to see 'trademark'-ish places and these 2 cities are both cleaner, prettier, better quality? (no offense imight) and with more to offer than LA, but LA is LA and people like to go to Disneyland on their honeymoons so what do I know. lol
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                        #12
                        ok guys flights booked. we got a steal w/ southwest yearend sale. 2 round trip tix into sandieg , no layovers 742$$. ok we r going to bounce up the pch. now tell me about good accesible mid priced hotels.

                        thx all



                        Originally posted by feisty View Post
                        March-early april is still a chance of it being somewhat rainy in socal, but the good thing about CA weather is that even if it rains, it usually comes and leaves pretty quick. I've been on vacations before where you're trapped by weather, but not here- you can pretty much wear flip flops here YEAR-ROUND.


                        I vote starting in San Diego. You could always start there and then slowly make your way north- la, venice, even drive the PCH, which is almost a honeymoon must. Monterey is beautiful too, but other than the fact that it's beautiful and the aquarium is there (which is rad, even if aquariums aren't your thing) I wouldn't plan on having too much else to do there other than spend some serious cash, because it's a pretty damn expensive town. When it comes to LA- have a game plan, because unfortunately most of it is pretty dirty, especially the areas by the touristy spots like grohmans chinese theater and that kind of thing. And when I say dirty I don't mean dirt, I mean condoms in the gutter and 2 wrong turns and you're in a bad alley. You'll definitely want to do Venice/Santa Monica on the weekend- it's kinda really sleepy during the week and when the sun goes down, but it's convenient because you can park once and lollygag around down the pathways on Saturday mornings/afternoons or even on Sundays... but that's kinda good because the big citites are a mess during the weekends.

                        If It were me and my money, I'd spend it on San Diego and San Francisco over LA any day- for a honeymoon. I know people coming from other states like to see 'trademark'-ish places and these 2 cities are both cleaner, prettier, better quality? (no offense imight) and with more to offer than LA, but LA is LA and people like to go to Disneyland on their honeymoons so what do I know. lol
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                          #13
                          Where are you bouncing up to? How long will you be in San Diego? I assume you are renting a car? When are you going?

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                            #14
                            will be flying into san diego 4/16/09 and leaving 4/25/09.. will be getting a rental car for the entire time there in CA.. want to spend a few days in san diego and a few more days in LA and need to hit the good spots in between..
                            any ideas/info is appreciated -thanks! Annalisa
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                              #15
                              When u guys are in Hollywood hit me up. I know a good restaurant at the kodak theater(if you're into Japanese food) which is right off hollywood blvd where the star sidewalk are. Assuming of course you're going to do the touristy thing there. I'm only 5 min from there but yea I do agreed that Hollywood is dirty as is any overcrowded metropolitan. I'd recommed city walk at universal studios instead. Also 5 Min from my house but a lot cleaner but u can do both in a half a day

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