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    Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    These are not in any order.
    1. A beach--which one? See other threads.
    2. The Getty in Brentwood
    3. The Huntington in San Marino, despite the admission price.
    4. Mulholland Drive on a
    sort of clear night starting near the 101 freeway.
    5. The San Diego Safari Park (? formerly the Wild Animal Park) in Escondido
    6. Knott's Berry Farm--especially for the Scary Farm and especially for the Scary Farm in late September
    7. Either presidential library (I like Reagan's more than Nixon's, but both are worthwhile for history buffs.)
    8. The Getty in Malibu
    9. The LaBrea Tar Pits (for an hour or 90 minutes for the bone buffs)
    10. The Norton Simon art museum in Pasadena
    11. The Griffith Park Observatory
    12. A hike on a mountain after riding the palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    13. This is cheating because it's four hours from Pasadena & not in CA, but Las Vegas!
    14. A hike near Mount Baldy
    15. La Jolla (N. of San Diego--dodge waves on the rocks near the Cove, and check out the view of S.D. from Mt. Soledad.)
    16. Universal Studios Hollywood.

    What would you add?


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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Wow, your list is mine! lol. I would add the following:

    1. Balboa Park in San Diego. The Museums are worth it every time and at times there are amazing exhibits. Like when the natural history museum had the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    2.The San Diego Zoo-I love visiting the Giant Pandas but the rest of my family like the big cats. If you become a zoo subscriber for a ridiculously low price each year, you get free admission to the zoo and the Safari Park.

    3.Specifically, Laguna Beach-I am a so cal native from the SF Valley and grew up going to Zuma and the lot, but as an Adult I love Laguna Beach. Parking can be a huge hassel but the beach is wonderful!

    4. The J Paul Ghetty in Los Angeles- The Ghetty Villa in Malibu is nice, but the exhibits that go through the LA Museum are great. Plus the views from that museum are spectacular of the whole of LA. And on a clear day (meaning not often ) you can see to the ocean. The museum is free but parking costs.

    5. The LA Farmers Market-while it has been swallowed almost whole by the new mall structures around it, the core of the original market is still there and has not changed much since my grandfather worked there in the 40's.

    6. Exposition Park in LA-with it's wonderful museums and IMAX Theater.

    7. The MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles- Most recent exhibit I attended as a display on Tim Burton and he was there at the start!

    8. Old Town San Diego-Which offers a glimpse at some local heritage. In the summer people dress in period clothing. There is a small Museum or two in the location or within walking distance, like the Whaley House Museum.

    9. Catalina Island-Having lived in Avalon for almost two years, I am always amazed how many locals are vaguely aware of this treasure among our midst (Or worse have never been). You can reach it by boat or helicopter out of San Pedro, Long Beach and Newport beach (there is also a small air strip mid-island). Transportation can be a little spendy, but the island is a wonderful visit, especially if you can catch a tour through the interior, or take a glass bottom boat ride, or maybe the flying fish tour when in season. It can be done in a day trip but overnight will afford a visitor more time with it. The island boosts many things including the first Movie theater specifically built for talking pictures (and you can still catch a movie there!). It is housed in their famous Casino Building. No Gambling, as it was built when the Italian word Casino merely meant Gathering Place. Not to mention there is good fishing, great snorkeling and diving opportunities island wide. And while there, you might catch the wild Buffalo (okay wild bison, as we have no real buffalo on the American continent) pigs and goats that roam the island. At Two Harbors you can camp if you wish.

    I may add more later as I think on them, but this is a good addition to what you have written, which would also be on my list!
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I LOVE every place on your list! Thank you, Acpicme!

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    If you want to wander around some of the most tranquil real estate in LA, I recommend my alma mater, the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. It's a quiet place on the weekends, plenty of food on campus and nearby in Westwood. It really makes you feel like you aren't in the concrete jungle that is LA any more.

    Magic Mountain has done a very nice job of retheming the place and cleaning it up lately.

    And I will also point to the Gaslamp Quarter, specially during the mayhem of Comic Con. The entire city is a party that weekend.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Ooooooh QuiGonJ, I too like the Gaslamp Quarter. I enjoy visiting the Lyceum Stage in Horton Plaza or a nice night out at my favorite Irish Pub, The Field over on 5th. They have such a smooth pour on the Guinness and delicious boxty dishes. Having never had the..umm Pleasure?.. of the district during Comic Con, I might have to give it a whirl one of these years.
    Here You Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I'm adding notes to your list IN ALL CAPS. AND I DELETED SOME OF YOURS IF I HAD NOTHING TO ADD TO THAT LOCATION.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acpisme View Post
    Wow, your list is mine! lol. I would add the following:

    1. Balboa Park in San Diego. The Museums are worth it every time and at times there are amazing exhibits. Like when the natural history museum had the Dead Sea Scrolls. I ALSO LIKE THE REUBEN FLEET SCIENCE CENTER--THOUGH I DO NOT LIKE THE RUBEN FLEET'S THEATER AS MUCH AS LA'S IMAX THEATER AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM IN EXPOSITION PARK. (SEE BELOW.)

    . . . 3.Specifically, Laguna Beach-I am a so cal native from the SF Valley and grew up going to Zuma and the lot, but as an Adult I love Laguna Beach. Parking can be a huge hassel but the beach is wonderful! NICE! GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY. THOUGH LIKE LA JOLLA, THE SCENIC BEACHES HAVE ATTRACTED WEALTHY PEOPLE AND SOME EXPENSIVE RESTAURANTS NEARBY.
    . . .
    5. The LA Farmers Market-while it has been swallowed almost whole by the new mall structures around it, the core of the original market is still there and has not changed much since my grandfather worked there in the 40's. I ALSO LIKE THE CONTROVERSIAL GROVE MALL NEXT DOOR, BUT I PARK ON THE STREET WEST OR SW OF THE FARMERS MARKET--NEVER AGAIN IN THE CROWDED GROVE LOT.

    6. Exposition Park in LA-with it's wonderful museums and IMAX Theater. AND IF YOU LIKE TO GO FOR WALKS, USC IS NEXT DOOR. EXPOSITION PARK'S SCIENCE MUSEUM IS FREE AND THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM HAS RECIPROCITY WITH MEMBERS OF SF'S (GREAT!) EXPLORATORIUM. THE SCIENCE MUSEUM IS GETTING A SPACE SHUTTLE.

    7. The MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles- Most recent exhibit I attended as a display on Tim Burton and he was there at the start! AND ADMISSION THERE GETS YOU ADMISSION TO MOMA TOO. A FREE BUS RUNS BETWEEN THE TWO MUSEUMS AND ACROSS FROM MOMA IS THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL.

    . . . 9. Catalina Island-Having lived in Avalon for almost two years, I am always amazed how many locals are vaguely aware of this treasure among our midst. . . THE BOAT RIDE THERE IS EXPENSIVE BUT VERY MUCH WORTH IT, (WE ONCE SAW HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS ON OUR WAY THERE), AND I WOULD SUGGEST SPENDING A NIGHT OR TWO ON THE ISLAND! BUT MAYBE NOT RIGHT IN THE TINY "DOWNTOWN" ON A WEEKEND, BECAUSE IN A CAR-FREE, CARE-FREE TOWN OF VACATIONERS, THERE IS SOMETIMES DRINKING AND SINGING--THINK PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN WITHOUT THE VIOLENCE, BUT WITH SOME NOISE IF YOU'RE ON THE MAIN STREET--NOT NEARLY AS LIVELY AS NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER, BUT STILL LIVELY ON SUMMER FRIDAYS AND SATURDAY NIGHTS.

    I may add more later as I think on them, but this is a good addition to what you have written, which would also be on my list!
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Good updating! I would add for Catalina, that due to the small proximity of the main street, all the bars are withing staggering distance of each other! I actually have used that as a pseudo selling point when I was working as a front desk manager for one of the local hotels. I like your description of lively and loud without the violence though!
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    The beach—like newport beach, andbalboa beach and rent beach cruisers and ride along the boardwalk inbalboa penninsula..


    Santiago Canyon-the drive through theoak tree lined 2 lane road is so much fun and so pretty!! Plus out inmodjeska is a animal sanctuary, everything is a natural habitat, andthey got lots and lots of wild life, including rattle snakes thatlurk so if you go be carefull!!!! because out that far in the canyonthere Is no cell service!! but the drive is soo pretty!

    and santa ana zoo.. i havn't been in years, but i hear it's still pretty cool!


    ..those are the only ones I can think of I do when I am not at disneyland.. LOL

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Ahhh...so many great places. Makes me want to move back to SoCal!

    The Huntington and Balboa are at the top of my list.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by Acpisme View Post
    9. Catalina Island-Having lived in Avalon for almost two years, I am always amazed how many locals are vaguely aware of this treasure among our midst (Or worse have never been). You can reach it by boat or helicopter out of San Pedro, Long Beach and Newport beach (there is also a small air strip mid-island). Transportation can be a little spendy, but the island is a wonderful visit, especially if you can catch a tour through the interior, or take a glass bottom boat ride, or maybe the flying fish tour when in season. It can be done in a day trip but overnight will afford a visitor more time with it. The island boosts many things including the first Movie theater specifically built for talking pictures (and you can still catch a movie there!). It is housed in their famous Casino Building. No Gambling, as it was built when the Italian word Casino merely meant Gathering Place. Not to mention there is good fishing, great snorkeling and diving opportunities island wide. And while there, you might catch the wild Buffalo (okay wild bison, as we have no real buffalo on the American continent) pigs and goats that roam the island. At Two Harbors you can camp if you wish.
    Greatest vacation spot in the world. Totally relaxing. I spend a week there every summer. I would add the Inn at MT Ada to that list. I have never stayed there, but I always take one day out of my trip to have lunch there. The views of the harbor from there are unmatched, and the food and unlimited alcohol (beer, wine, and champagne) are awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiGonJ View Post
    plenty of food on campus and nearby in Westwood.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiGonJ View Post
    If you want to wander around some of the most tranquil real estate in LA, I recommend my alma mater, the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. It's a quiet place on the weekends, plenty of food on campus and nearby in Westwood. It really makes you feel like you aren't in the concrete jungle that is LA any more.

    Magic Mountain has done a very nice job of retheming the place and cleaning it up lately.

    And I will also point to the Gaslamp Quarter, specially during the mayhem of Comic Con. The entire city is a party that weekend.
    All of downtown San Diego seems so much cleaner, more attractive and safer to me now than it did in the 1980s.

    And I concur that UCLA is very beautiful! Even though I'm a. . .

    And if you're taking kids and want them to starting thinking about colleges, you may wish to visit some of these beauties: The University of San Diego (USD), Cal Tech (in Pasadena), Pepperdine (in Malibu), Loyola Marymount (LA), UCSB (Santa Barbara), and Pomona College (in Claremont--as part of the mostly beautiful Claremont Colleges). I'm a former college tour guide and Disneyland Jungle Cruise guide, and I put as much effort into my free (for the public) college tours as I did in my tours through the Anaheim jungles.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Downtown San Diego, I love it so much.


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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Well, jcriuse86, no one is perfect. You're my friend anyway.

    Actually, they're both decent schools.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Medieval Times is always fun.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Medieval Times IS a blast!

    Also, San Diego Animal Park (whatever they call it this week!)

    Santa Barbara

    Old Town Pasadena

    Placerita Canyon Nature Center

    Griffith Park (preferably on the back of a horse)

    Getty Center

    Sea World (although I'm not crazy about their newest addition...)

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