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hiya!
im gonna be going to USA in a few weeks, can anyone recommend any places, and i mean anything (restaurants/bars, theme parks, shopping, attractions, beaches - lol i wanna do it all!) it'd be great if u could recommend some unknown, quirky things to do!


oh yeah, the places im visiting are: LA, San Diego, Mexico and Las Vegas woop!

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hiya!
im gonna be going to USA in a few weeks, can anyone recommend any places, and i mean anything (restaurants/bars, theme parks, shopping, attractions, beaches - lol i wanna do it all!) it'd be great if u could recommend some unknown, quirky things to do!


oh yeah, the places im visiting are: LA, San Diego, Mexico and Las Vegas woop!

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My main recommendation would be that you take a map.
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For shopping: The Grove, Melrose, Third Street Promenade at Santa Monica, Pasadena.

For drinking/eating: loads of great places in Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica and even Hollywood.

Don't stay in Hollywood. It's a dump.

Beaches: Santa Monica is the standard but not much of a beach. Go to Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach which is a few miles south of Santa Monica, Laguna Beach area is gorgeous and about an hour drive south of LA.

San Diego: Of course you have all of the main downtown area which is standard. In the north west portion of the city you have the Garnett Ave. area which is really nice. Great beach culture there.
About a 15 min drive north of San Diego is a great little beach town called La Jolla. Kinda Boutiquey but again really nice beaches, really nice restaurants. It's a rich little town which means it can be expensive in places but still really worth it.

Mexico - Revolution is the main street in TJ (Tijuana) and that has everything that you might need from bars, clubs, restaurants, cheap shopping, cheap pharmaceutical drugs and 14 year old prostitutes.... It's a dump. If you're going to do mexico then drive a couple of hours south to Ensenada which is actually nice.

word of warning - The border area around TJ is crazy dangerous at the moment (more so than usual) with a huge number of muggings, shootings and kidnappings. I'd avoid it right now if it was me.

Las Vegas: Of course there is the whole strip... imo the best Casino is Caesars Palace. It's also good for shopping and eating out in the Forum Shops area of the building.
Bellagio is nice. MGM Grand isn't really worth wasting your time with imo.
Of course for tourists the Strip (Las Vegas Blvd.) is the main area you'd be going and it therefore has everything you would want there.. Restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc.
For a really good hotel deal then go a couple of blocks back from the strip.

Hope this helped!
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ooo thanks silver fox for ur tips, god i cant wait!

and nota bene: umm im 18 (just), so i doubt i'll be gambling in las vegas, main reason we're going is to see the strip, the crazy hotels and see cirque de soleil there

EDIT: Silver fox i just noticed the mexico border thing, hmmm maybe i'll avoid it, especially as we're all girls!
btw, have u been to all of these places coz these are really good tips!
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ooo thanks silver fox for ur tips, god i cant wait!

and nota bene: umm im 18 (just), so i doubt i'll be gambling in las vegas, main reason we're going is to see the strip, the crazy hotels and see cirque de soleil there

EDIT: Silver fox i just noticed the mexico border thing, hmmm maybe i'll avoid it, especially as we're all girls!
btw, have u been to all of these places coz these are really good tips!

Yes I have been to all of these places.. and a lot more of north america than that too.

Gambling shouldn't be a problem in Vegas as long as you stick to the slot machines. It's not like they ID you at the door or anything. If you win anything big on the machines though (i.e. $100 or more) then don't jump up and down in excitement and act like kids.. it's then they'll ID you and possibly confiscate winnings.

Margharitaville is a good bar on the strip where they won't ID you at the door if you do want to do some drinking.
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hiya!
im gonna be going to USA in a few weeks, can anyone recommend any places, and i mean anything (restaurants/bars, theme parks, shopping, attractions, beaches - lol i wanna do it all!) it'd be great if u could recommend some unknown, quirky things to do!


oh yeah, the places im visiting are: LA, San Diego, Mexico and Las Vegas woop!

sheena
Just don't tell the people in Mexico that their country is part of the US.
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If you like shopping, head to the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas. Just off the Strip opposite the Venetian Hotel as far as I can remember.
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silver fox: hahaha, i'll try to contain my excitement if i win big! i thought they'd ID me so that's good to know. oh and i dont drink but thanks for the tip
silver fox, since you know so much about USA would you mind if i PM u if i remember random questions?


bismark: oops, how bad of me! thanks for the correction lol

lafille: this fashion show mall sounds good, do u know if they have good sales at end of june/early july?

thanks everything for your contributions, i really appreciate it
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http://www.thefashionshow.com/html/index15.asp

Thats the link to the website, there are literally hundreds of shops! I am sure somewhere will have offers/discounts, there's also a section on the website giving you the current sales, so keep checking it for the sales during your visit. Naturally with it being the States, you could buy the stuff full price and it will still be much better value than the UK lol.
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silver fox, since you know so much about USA would you mind if i PM u if i remember random questions?
go for it.
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silver fox: hahaha, i'll try to contain my excitement if i win big! i thought they'd ID me so that's good to know. oh and i dont drink but thanks for the tip

They'll ID you if you want to play at the tables... they also impose minimum stakes at around the $15-$20 dollar mark depending on the casino that you go to.

The slot machines however you just sit at and nobody checks anything.
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thanks so much lafille, and the link is great, im definitely going there!

and thanks silver fox again, u'll prob hear from me again soon mwahahah lol
oh, actually i have a question now. in LA, they say parking is terrible but we want to hire a car so we can travel around LA. we're going to be staying in hollywood (near the kodak theatre i think) and we want to travel to places like beverley hills. are there good transport links, or if we choose the car, are there good parking lots that let u park for hours and hours? thanks again

EDIT: and there's so many theme parks wherever we go, e.g. disneyland LA, six flags... which would you recommend?
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thanks so much lafille, and the link is great, im definitely going there!

and thanks silver fox again, u'll prob hear from me again soon mwahahah lol
oh, actually i have a question now. in LA, they say parking is terrible but we want to hire a car so we can travel around LA. we're going to be staying in hollywood (near the kodak theatre i think) and we want to travel to places like beverley hills. are there good transport links, or if we choose the car, are there good parking lots that let u park for hours and hours? thanks again

EDIT: and there's so many theme parks wherever we go, e.g. disneyland LA, six flags... which would you recommend?
Depends on where you want to park. Say you want to go shopping at the Grove which is near Beverly Hills then there is a large, multi storey car parking structure that is free for the first hour then I believe a dollar an hour after that.

If you park on the street you'll more than likely have to pay at a meter. Most of these have a 2 hour limit and generally cost a quarter per 15/20 mins depending on where you are.

You can park on residential streets if you don't mind a bit of a walk, but pay attention to the signs as some will stop you parking there on certain days between certain hours for street cleaning access, and some you will need a residential permit in your car to be able to park there.

If you're staying in that area of hollywood then you're going to have to park the car a good long walk away in a residential neighbourhood. It won't be one of the closest neighbourhoods either as there will definitely be parking restrictions in place there. If they have parking at the hotel/hostel you are staying at then obviously you will be alright.

If you can re-arrange your accomodation to be in somewhat of a nicer area (i.e. Santa Monica?) then you'll be able to find easy free residential parking as long as you're 6 blocks or so back from Ocean Ave. (right on the coast).

LA is well known for the appalling public transport system. I wouldn't even bother with it if I were you. Cabs of course are available and may work out cheaper than hiring a car.

Not a big fan of themeparks personally. I went to Disney when I was about 10 and it was alright... but I don't generally travel to be drawn into those huge tourist/consumer traps. You'll definitely need a car if you plan to go to disney.
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thanks AGAIN for replying with you fantastic advice, its much appreciated.

im pleasantly surprised by the parking available as i'd heard it was awful, and im glad the parking meters arent a rip off like they are in London, i was worrying we'd have to shell out $20 we want to stop somewhere!

yeah we have parking at the hotel and they charge $25 a day -which really irked me as we're paying enough for the hotel as it is!

hmmm, regarding the hotel location, why is hollywood so bad? we chose that location by purpose as we thought it would be really close to the all the shopping/amenities, is hollywood really a dump?
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Things to see and do in Vegas:

Bellagio fountains - there's a show on every 15 minutes, make sure you catch one in full.

Venetian - a lovely hotel inside, you can even take a ride on a gondola!

Aladdin - nice atmosphere inside, some good shops

Freemont Street - there's a big canopy over the street with a light show which is well-worth seeing. Make sure you don't go alone though - it is quite a shifty area.

The Grand Canyon - if you can, it is well-worth the money to take a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon. The one I went on stopped in the canyon itself, where we had a picnic lunch, before leaving. The flight was considerably long and the views are incredible. It is one of the best experiences I have had.

Blue Man Group - we went to see the Blue Man Group at the Luxor hotel and it was a fantastic show - completely different to anything you have ever seen before and very funny!
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thanks AGAIN for replying with you fantastic advice, its much appreciated.

im pleasantly surprised by the parking available as i'd heard it was awful, and im glad the parking meters arent a rip off like they are in London, i was worrying we'd have to shell out $20 we want to stop somewhere!

yeah we have parking at the hotel and they charge $25 a day -which really irked me as we're paying enough for the hotel as it is!

hmmm, regarding the hotel location, why is hollywood so bad? we chose that location by purpose as we thought it would be really close to the all the shopping/amenities, is hollywood really a dump?
The problem with LA is that everything is so spread out. It's like multiple cities all joined together (which is what the metropolitan area really is I guess).. So amenity wise you'd have everything in Santa Monica, Westchester, Marina Del Rey, Venice, El Segundo, Manhatten Beach, Hermosa, blah blah blah..

Hollywood can be pretty seedy, lots of drugs, lots of tramps, too many tourists, can be very dodgy after dark.. easy to take a wrong turn onto the wrong block and up somewhere that you really don't want to be. Don't get me wrong, it would be safer than staying somewhere in south central... but I guarantee you would like Santa Monica a hell of a lot more. Still touristy, but more classy. Got all the shops and department stores within easy reach, littered with restaurants and loads of options for accomodation... then don't forget the beach. You can walk along the strand to Venice, Marina Del Rey etc and it's generally a nice place to be.

and yeah.. hollywood really is a dump...
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cc15: thanks for adding to the thread, it sounds like you had a great time! can i ask, how much is the ride on the gondola? and on freemont street is the light show seasonal, or is it there all year round? wow, the grand canyon trip sounds great, but we're not in las vegas for long, i dont think we'll have the time and blue man group was a serious option when we were choosing between the shows, but we chose cirque de soleil in the end. i hope i dont regret that lol!

silver fox: oh no, im pretty gutted about the hotel choice now, the description of the location on the site made it seem really central as it's near the hollywood and highlands complex and kodak and melrose eavnue, (if my memory serves me correct). hmmm, im gonna have to look into that now, thanks for alerting me!
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silver fox: oh no, im pretty gutted about the hotel choice now, the description of the location on the site made it seem really central as it's near the hollywood and highlands complex and kodak and melrose eavnue, (if my memory serves me correct). hmmm, im gonna have to look into that now, thanks for alerting me!
No such thing as being in a central location in LA really.. unless you are speaking very literally.
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