Any must-see places in Los Angeles and San Francisco? URGENT!?

Any must-see places in Los Angeles and San Francisco? URGENT!?

Postby ashby » August 20th, 2013, 1:49 am

Someone who has visited or lives there please, im going for vacations on Saturday and i only have a few places to go
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Any must-see places in Los Angeles and San Francisco? URGENT!?

Postby marquis » August 20th, 2013, 1:49 am

Someone who has visited or lives there please, im going for vacations on Saturday and i only have a few places to go
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Any must-see places in Los Angeles and San Francisco? URGENT!?

Postby chaunce » August 20th, 2013, 2:07 am

There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for:

Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. #1 Destination.
Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. #2 Destination.
Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. If you’re adventurous, try the indoor skydiving (www.iflyhollywood.com). It’s a blast!

Hollywood: Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. The Hollywood & Highland complex has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater. The El Capitan theater, right across the street, is where Disney shows their movies. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors.

Other theme parks include Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, which are both more geared towards the fast-ride teen crowd.

Olvera Street/Union Station: Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, and it emphasizes our Mexican heritage. In addition to the Avila Adobe (oldest building in LA), you can eat at some pretty good Mexican Restaurants, do a little shopping, and taste a churro. If you don’t want to go to Tijuana, this is as close as it gets without going there

Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something.

Venice Beach: Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste.

Santa Monica: Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach.

Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, It is right next to CBS. They are currently shooting “Extra” here, M-F 9:00-2:00, so stop by and you might see a celebrity.

Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

Hike to the Hollywood sign: http://www.hollywoodsigntrip.com

Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art, architecture, or view better, the Getty is sure to please. Free.

Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show.

Places to eat:
In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone.
Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe.
Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown.
Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity.
Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street.
Tito’s Taco’s: Voted best tacos in LA, even though it’s in Culver City. King Taco is a good alternate if you can deal with East LA.
The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs.
Medieval Times and/or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: Dinner and an adventure show, both are on Beach Blvd in Buena Park, you get to eat with your hands.

Places to Stay:
Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Orchid Suites, Hollywood Celebrity Hotel, or Hollywood Heights (formerly Holiday Inn Walk of Fame), all near Hollywood and Highland. In Santa Monica, the Holiday Inn Santa Monica is close to the pier and reasonably priced. In Anaheim, I recommend the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Anaheim, and the Candy Cane Inn. There is also a nice place in Burbank called the Best Western Media Center, very close to Warner, NBC, and Universal Studios.

Places to Shop:
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
The Grove, Los Angeles
Americana @ Brand, Glendale
Beverly Center, Los Angeles
Citadel Outlets, Commerce
Brea Mall, Brea
The Block at Orange, Orange
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Santee Alley, Los Angeles
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Postby radeliffe51 » August 20th, 2013, 2:11 am

So many places, you can find more on Google search if I didn't mention a few.
But it depends on what you want to do on your vacation.

Los Angeles:
-Disneyland
-Universal Studios Hollywood
-Staples Center
-Hollywood Bowl
-Los Angeles Zoo
-Hollywood Walk of Fame
-LA County Museum of Art
-Getty Center
-Griffith Observatory (go at night to see outer space better)
-Hollywood Sign (right next to Griffith Observatory)
-Santa Monica Beach/Pier
-LA Live
-La Brea Tar Pits
-Dolby Theatre
-Walt Disney Concert Hall
-Dodger Stadium
-Museum of Contemporary Art
-Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
-Hollywood Blvd. (fun place to walk and explore)
-Griffith Park
-Hollywood Wax Museum
(more results if you type in 'tourist attractions in los angeles' on Google search and there will be a showcase with popular tourist attractions)

San Francisco:
-Golden Gate Bridge
-Golden Gate Park
-San Francisco Zoo
-San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
-Exploratorium
-Chinatown
-Aquarium of the Bay
-AT&T Park
-Ocean Beach
-Orpheum Theatre
-San Francisco City Hall
(more results if you type in 'tourist attractions in san francisco' on Google search and there will be a showcase with popular tourist attractions)
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Postby rio » August 20th, 2013, 2:23 am

The lists by other posters are pretty good, but I'd like to add a few to the SF list.

Fisherman's Wharf
Embarcadero/ Ferry Building
Union Square - can take the cable from Fisherman's Wharf
ATT Park (Giant's Stadium)
Twin Peaks - gives you a panoramic view of the city
Lombard Street - crookedest street in the world
North Beach- Fantastic Italian food

Its hard to get a bad meal in SF

Have fun
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