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11. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 12y

Well, I agree with what everyone said except aj415. Why would anyone want to visit the west coast, but skip Seattle, Portland, the redwoods, Santa Cruz/Monterey, Yosemite, Hearst Castle, Solvang and Santa Barbara so they could spend their time only in SF and LA. I mean I understand more time in SF, but I lived in the LA area for over 30 years and still wouldn't rank it over all those other places. (Must be a nightlife person only)

Also, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell are otherworldly--although massively out of the way if you have limited time.

You either need more time or you need to figure out your priorities. Are you a nighlife person--then aj415 has got it right (along with Las Vegas).

Are you into backpacking and nature, then Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia gorge, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Channel Islands, Yosemite, Sequoia, Redwood National Park, Big Basin State Park, and the California coast between Carmel and Morro Bay should be your highlights.

Interested in tourist attractions--then Space Needle, Hearst Castle, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, LA (Disneyland , Knotts Berry Farm , Universal Studios, and Seven Flags Magic Mountain), San Diego (Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park), and Rosarita Beach (Fox Studios Mexico) are your places.

Only you know what you are interested in.

Enjoy.

12. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 12y

One other thing I should mention. If you plan to go to certain national parks, state parks, or attractions (like Hearst Castle), be sure to purchase your tickets through ticketmaster, (or whoever the ticket seller is), way in advance.

Some of these tickets sell out months in advance--and so do the hotels close to the locations in the summer months. For example, it's next to impossible to find a hotel between LA and San Jose on route 101 during the summer months if you haven't booked ahead. Considering this is a distance of over 300 miles that's a long way to have to go if you aren't one of those who has a reservation.

Enjoy.

13. Posted by Jessicaca (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y

I would avoid LA all together and head into Orange County. Less attitude but a similar scene. Plus the beaches are prettier and cleaner! Check out Newport Beach or Huntington Beach for North County fun and then stop in San Clemente before heading down to San Diego.

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