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    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 23rd May 11, 4:07 PM
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    Other Useful Websites - Things to See and Do on Your Trip

    CALIFORNIA

    San Francisco

    Alcatraz
    Fisherman's Wharf (and map)
    Sausalito
    Walking tour: Union Square - Downtown - Telegraph Hill / Coit Tower / North Beach / Chinatown
    Cable car tour: Using the Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason lines
    Bay cruises: Red & White Fleet, Blue & Gold Fleet

    Santa Cruz

    Boardwalk
    Mystery Spot

    Monterey/Carmel

    Cannery Row
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Fisherman's Wharf
    17 Mile Drive
    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    Solvang

    In and around Los Angeles

    Santa Monica Pier
    Third Street Promenade
    Farmers Market
    Self guided podcast walking tours of Downtown LA
    Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
    The Getty Museum
    Griffith Observatory
    Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
    Warner Brothers Studio Tour
    Sony Pictures Studios Tour
    Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
    Red Line Tours
    Starline Tours

    Anaheim

    San Diego

    San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
    Flagship Cruises Harbor Tours
    USS Midway
    Little Italy
    Old Town San Diego
    Old Town Trolley Tours
    Seaport Village
    Horton Plaza

    Palm Springs

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Camping in California

    Information on camping in California's state parks
    California outdoor recreation ideas
    Camp California! website

    ARIZONA

    Sedona

    Sedona Trolley
    Sedona SuperPass
    Verde Canyon Railroad
    Blazin' M Ranch

    Phoenix

    Desert Storm Hummer Tours
    Goldfield Ghost Town
    Dolly Steamboat

    Page

    Colorado River Discovery rafting trips

    Jerome

    THEME PARKS

    Universal Studios Hollywood (Burbank, LA)
    Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia)
    Disneyland Resort (Anaheim)
    Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park)
    Legoland California (Carlsbad)
    Sea World (San Diego)

    NATIONAL PARKS

    Arizona
    California
    Nevada
    Utah

    Bryce Canyon

    Full Moon Hikes
    Canyon Trail Rides

    Zion

    Hiking the Narrows
    Hiking gear rentals
    Last edited by Vikki_74; 29-08-2011 at 10:59 AM.
    • northwest1965
    • By northwest1965 23rd May 11, 6:30 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 6:30 PM
    Wow, thats great Vikki
    Loved our trip to the West Coast USA. Death Valley is the place to go!
  • LillythePink
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    • 23rd May 11, 6:40 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 6:40 PM
    Yay - great timing....off to California in about 7 weeks so will have a good look through all of these.

    thanks and good thinking
    • photome
    • By photome 23rd May 11, 7:12 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:12 PM
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    Viki its a good idea but will only work if this thread is made a sticky, otherwise it will disappear in to the ether
  • tingtong
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:22 PM
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    Very informative and a great resource for anyone off to West Coast USA. Many thanks for taking the time to share your info.
  • richiehp
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:52 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:52 PM
    For roadside assistance and discounts, there is also AAA.
    Also check out craigslist.org if you needed to buy used things or sell whatever you bought during your trip (camping gear, bikes, etc.)
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 23rd May 11, 8:36 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 8:36 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 8:36 PM
    Viki its a good idea but will only work if this thread is made a sticky, otherwise it will disappear in to the ether
    Originally posted by photome

    Completely agree photome, only thing is how? I've PM'd one of the board guides and am currently waiting to hear back, but if in the meantime you know how to get something "stickied" please let me know!
    • realised
    • By realised 23rd May 11, 9:33 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 9:33 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 9:33 PM
    Great thread! As a regular visitor to the west coast, I've always wished there was a thread encompassing everything together!
  • Traincrashing
    Great idea. Another thread for me to look at everyday as well as the Las Vegas one in preparation for my November trip super excited!
    • photome
    • By photome 24th May 11, 8:02 AM
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    Completely agree photome, only thing is how? I've PM'd one of the board guides and am currently waiting to hear back, but if in the meantime you know how to get something "stickied" please let me know!
    Originally posted by Vikki_74

    I think thats the way to go, you could always ask Trets (from the vegas board) he got the Vegas thread up and running and got it made a sticky
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 24th May 11, 12:55 PM
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    Well i heard back from the board guide, and apparently there are already too many stickies in this section of the forum so they are reluctant to add another

    One possible solution which was suggested is to have just one sticky for the USA which has links to the various threads for vegas, new york etc but not sure if that will happen or not. In the meantime i guess the only solution is for people to keep posting here to keep the thread bumped up to the top couple of pages, but that won't keep momentum for long i'm sure.

    Oh well, at least the thread is here with all the info if anyone needs it!
  • Crichton
    Vikki is it correct that in Vegas you can save quite a bit of money with coupons for various restaurants, etc. ??

    I was curious if you just pick these up in and around Vegas, or if you can find them online anywhere. I'll be staying in Vegas for 3 days, and I think it will be a fairly hectic 3 days so I want to be as prepared as possible (That is providing I can bare to go outside, I've heard it got up 45°C in July last year).

    Also, I don't know if anyone might have any info on this, but I know in Vegas the casino's do have dress codes and I was wondering if anyone knew if they tend to relax them at all, especially when it's likely to be 25°C in the evening when I'm there in July. It would be nice if I could get into places wearing shorts when it's so hot, rather than having to wear trousers.
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 25th May 11, 9:05 AM
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    The best place for you to ask these questions would be in the Las Vegas thread:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2952818

    I wouldn't even like to guess how many times the regulars there have been to Vegas but between them they know pretty much everything!!

    To answer your question a little bit, yes there are coupons available for various Vegas restaurants, although it depends what exactly you're looking for. Restaurant.com is one option, there are a couple of books etc (the American Casino Guide is one I think, can't remember the other and can't really look it up at the mo' as I'm on my phone) you can purchase with various 2for1 coupons, although mostly for off-strip locations, and you will find various coupon books available when you arrive which can get you a few $ off various dining & entertainment options. If you look through the first few posts of the Vegas thread the details should all be in there.

    Regarding dress code, it's a pretty casual place and the casinos certainly should let you in wearing shorts and a t-shirt at any time as long as you have money to gamble with! There are certain higher end restaurants where something smarter is required, but again on the whole most places are pretty casual. You will likely see people dressed in everything from shorts and flip flops to cocktail dresses and suits...most of the time anything goes so just wear what you're comfortable in, particularly if it's hot!
    Last edited by Vikki_74; 26-05-2011 at 7:52 AM. Reason: Adding link to the Las Vegas 2011 thread
    • tarkytarks
    • By tarkytarks 25th May 11, 9:03 PM
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    Another vote for this to be made sticky!
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 27th May 11, 8:45 AM
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    Just a bit of an update for everyone who has suggested this thread should be a sticky...

    I heard back from savvy, one of the very helpful board guides for Overseas, and basically we're going to work on creating an index post for the USA which will link to this thread as well as the more established ones for Vegas etc all from one place. The index, plus a separate one for Europe and possibly another for the rest of the world, will then be stickied at the top of the forum.

    Savvy has also volunteered to merge some of the existing posts for California and the west coast together so we can get a lot of the info all in one place rather than just having a massive list of links. I need to put together a list of threads to be merged - thinking of maybe just pulling together anything which has been posted in 2011 rather than the really old stuff, but if anyone has any other suggestions for what should be included please post here or PM me. I will still keep a list of links to older posts on the first page of the thread so they're still there for reference anyway but if you've spotted anything pre-2011 which is particular useful it would be good to know.
    • trets77
    • By trets77 27th May 11, 8:34 PM
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    Vikki is it correct that in Vegas you can save quite a bit of money with coupons for various restaurants, etc. ??

    I was curious if you just pick these up in and around Vegas, or if you can find them online anywhere. I'll be staying in Vegas for 3 days, and I think it will be a fairly hectic 3 days so I want to be as prepared as possible (That is providing I can bare to go outside, I've heard it got up 45°C in July last year).

    Also, I don't know if anyone might have any info on this, but I know in Vegas the casino's do have dress codes and I was wondering if anyone knew if they tend to relax them at all, especially when it's likely to be 25°C in the evening when I'm there in July. It would be nice if I could get into places wearing shorts when it's so hot, rather than having to wear trousers.
    Originally posted by Crichton

    dress code for vegas = clothes below the waist .

    casino's could not care less what you wear as long as you are spending money . some restaurants will have a code , and most Nightclubs .


    regarding west coast USA . if you go past it , worth looking in at Solvang . surreal place with all it's fake windmills and sugary sweet shops ect

    http://www.solvangusa.com/

    also my fav really weird place to visit ( in Santa Cruz)

    http://www.mysteryspot.com/




    I vote for this to be sticky
    Better in my pocket than theirs
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 27th May 11, 9:09 PM
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    regarding west coast USA . if you go past it , worth looking in at Solvang . surreal place with all it's fake windmills and sugary sweet shops ect

    http://www.solvangusa.com/

    also my fav really weird place to visit ( in Santa Cruz)

    http://www.mysteryspot.com/
    Originally posted by trets77
    Yeah Solvang is quite surreal - when we went it was absolutely boiling hot which just made it seem even odder...windmills and 90+ degree heat are a strange combo!

    I'm sure I remember seeing the Mystery Spot on TV once and it fascinates me - I can never quite make my mind up about whether it's real or some kind of elaborate hoax. I love strange tourist attractions and they don't get much stranger than that! We wanted to go last year but ran out of time on the day we were in Santa Cruz...it's definately on my list for another trip though.
    • Starrystarrynight
    • By Starrystarrynight 28th May 11, 12:50 PM
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    Great thread, Vikki!
    I'm going to subscribe to the thread via the user control panel so I can make sure I get all the updates. A bit of an interim solution until it can be made a sticky or become part of the index post you mentioned :-)
    We'll be off on our third trip to CA in around 3 months and I'm so excited!
    Here's a link to a website that I've found useful before
    http://www.anaheimoc.org/
    • Vikki_74
    • By Vikki_74 28th May 11, 6:17 PM
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    The thread you linked to is (a) out of date (b) locked and (c) an index to the whole of the travel board...so I'm not sure how trying to set up a thread specifically dealing with one area of the USA for people to post on is repeating that exactly?
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