Visiting California for a week

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  1. dac1204

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    As the title states I will be flying into LAX on April 20th. We will be staying in LA for two days (20th and 21st) then driving to San Diego for two (22nd and 23rd). Then we are driving to Yuma AZ for a few hours and then head back to Huntington Beach for a night (24th). Then will will drive back to LA and fly out the next morning(25th and 26th).

    What are some things to do along the way? We are not pressed for time and have no where to be except San Diego (family) even there it's just an Aunt that lives there and we are not staying with her. Our schedule is wide open.

    Has to be family oriented as it will be my wife, two young kids (2 and 3) and myself.

    We want to do the touristy area in Hollywood, see the sign, walk of fame, etc. my wife has a friend in Glendale that we will also visit for a couple of hours.

    We don't want to stray to far from the coast because of drive times. What are some good places to eat? Good hotels? Attractions, etc?

    Thanks in advance. This be our first visit to California but are well traveled.
     
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    The Breakfast Bar in Long Beach on Atlantic Ave for a great breakfast
    SOL Cocina in Newport Beach for a great lunch with great scenery
    Guelaguetza in Koreatown (near Hollywood) for the best Mexican food
    Get a Double Double at In-N-Out Burger

    Things to do:
    Horseback ride near the HOLLYWOOD sign at Sunset Ranch
    Shop in Santa Monica at the 3rd St. Promenade
    Do the Warner Bros Studio Tour.
    Newport Beach Whale Watching
    Drive up PCH to Santa Barbara if you have time
    Stay out of Compton
     
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    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    I've lived in So. Cal. pretty much my entire life. I work for the city of Los Angeles and drive all over this place every day.

    Where are you from? I'm guessing this may be your first time here.

    When you say "good places to eat" there are iconic places and then there are places that are not famous but serve decent chow. Thai, Mexican, Soul food, Mediterranian, Kosher etc.

    Walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk during the day, The Hollywood Walk of Fame: Saturday night is the craziest but Friday night should be good too. The kids love it, the adults will marvel at the kooks and other tourists there.

    Museum of Science and Industry at Exposition Park (Space Shuttle Endeavour is there, very cool) Petersen Auto Museum, Nethercutt Auto Museum (free, world class, amazing), The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center...

    There are other places to walk around and check out downtown, low cost and so on.

    Tell us a little more about what type of activity you and yours like to do.
     
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    Do not go to Hollywood. It's a terrible area.
     
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    I used to love to go to Catalina Island when I lived in SoCal. A wonderful day trip. It might be pushing you for time though

    Lots of great suggestions above me.

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    With kids I would go to the Griffith Observatory http://www.griffithobservatory.org/ it's pretty cool, and has good views of the city.

    Newport Beach is fun, and family friendly. Los Angeles has pretty much everything. What kind of things did you like to?

    Disneyland? San Diego wild animal park? Legoland? Tons of good beaches?

    Where do you live now?
     
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    What??? The smell urine and feces makes it a terrible area??? Or maybe its the stinky homeless people camped out on the sidewalk?? Either way, you are correct, it sucks.
     
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    There's a petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano that my grandkids love, Zoomars.
     
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    The Walk of Fame and tourist areas are fine. I drive through there every other day.
     
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    Just make sure you time it right to show up in AZ with an empty gas tank. Fill up in the Copper State and save a bunch of $$$. If you were able to bring any firearms with you from CA you would be able to unlock them and carry them legally and proudly. Don't buy any regular (high capacity) magazines and expect to take them back legally.
     
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    Eat at The Crab Cooker. Newport Beach.
     
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    Check out the star of India ship in San Diego. Anthony's fish has some excellent fish which is very close to the star of India.

    Get on the freeway from San Diego in us5 from grape street. Going north. It's like a luge run with your car.
     
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    My folks winter in Yuma. I've been there many times.

    Gotta stop and eat at Lute's Cafe in downtown Yuma... Kids will enjoy it. Parents will be uncomfortable at some of the signage, but it is a very unique place...

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    And you also should stop at Burgers and Beer in Yuma. If you don't like this place, then you are either a woman or a homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that..)

    Best burgers in Yuma...

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    For fun, there isn't much except the territorial prison which has some awesome Old West firearms displayed along with a very cool Gatling gun.

    There is also the ginormous outdoor flea market at the fairgrounds.
     
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    interesting places
     
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