I will be traveling to California for the first time and staying a week what all should I do and visit?

I will be staying in San Diego, CA for a week but I can travel to various locations….I am already planning on visiting Hollywood, possibly Disneyland, Alcatrez Island, Golden Gate Bridge, and The Richard Nixon Burial site. If you’ve been to any of these places please tell me a little about your experience! This is my first time going to Cali. so please if you’ve been or live there please recommend sites, places, or things I should do! Also I do have a question concerning Beverly Hills and the homes of the Famous Actors/Actresses is it free to drive around and spot the houses or must you pay and take a tour? And can you see Jack Nicholsons house??? Best Answer gets 10 points! 🙂

Do not go to Los Angeles… there’s nothing there. It’s not like what you see on TV, it’s really dirty and you won’t just find a celebrity walking down the street. With that being said, San Diego and San Francisco are beautiful, fun places.

San Diego – Known for the beaches and perfect sunny weather. We have a lot of beaches but I recommend you go to Coronado Beach. There’s also the Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines State Reserve for hiking, kayaking, jet skiing, bay cruises, Mexican food on every corner, and way more too many things to name.

San Francisco – I’ve been there once and it is absolutely amazing. It has cooler weather and a more urban culture. Unlike San Diego, you don’t really need a car to get around. Everything is compact and close together. Alcatraz is loads of fun, but you have to purchase the ticket online before hand because they get sold out quickly. And the Golden Gate Bridge is a sight to see, it’s beautiful in person.

All in all, I suggest SD and SF. SD for the laid back culture, amazing beaches, and outdoor activities. SF for the urban feel, rich history, and great night life.

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  • Jack E

    Go to the San Diego Zoo. Disneyland is to big to see in one day. Ride the cable cars in San Fran you can see Alcatrez from the top of the hill.
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  • Joe C

    San Diego is one of the nicest cities in the country. It’s a major tourist destination and there are tons of things to do. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, countless parks and gardens, major league sports, dozens of golf courses, world class museums, Tony Award winning theater, great cuisine, best weather in the country, high tech industry, major universities, and the best zoo in the world, it’s my choice as THE place to live and play in the USA.

    Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Known as the "Smithsonian of the West" Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.
    http://www.balboapark.org/info/passport.php

    Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center and IMAX theater, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

    North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Safari Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails. It’s worth the visit and is a different experience from the zoo. You can ride a zip line, tour the park on a Segway, or take a photo caravan into the enclosures and feed the giraffes.
    http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

    La Jolla offers great views, great surfing, great food, great theater, and great shopping.
    Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean. The Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse is located nearby on the campus of UCSD. For a few laughs at night, The Comedy Store is on Pearl St.
    http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

    Hopefully you realize that SF is 500 miles away and is an 8 hour drive. Flight time is about 90 minutes.

    That aside, the first thing you should do is stop saying "Cali." Cali is a drug cartel city in Columbia, South America. Saying Cali is like tattooing the word "Tourist" on your forehead. If you are going to Southern California call it So Cal.

    You can take the train to/from L.A. The Surf Line Route has been voted one of the most scenic rail routes in the country. It runs along the coast with the tracks just yards from the Pacific Ocean. The train also stops in Anaheim, just minutes from Disneyland.
    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Route_C/1241245649505/1237405732511

    Check out these sites for discount coupons and other info
    http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors
    http://thebestplacesinsandiego.com/
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  • Dances With Mops 2 - Mop Bucket Boogaloo

    You’re gonna be tired trying to cram all that into a week. It’s about 500 miles from SD to SF, which is a 7.5 hour drive according to Yahoo Maps. Add at least 3 hours to that for getting through Los Angeles unless you’re going at midnight.
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  • smiley

    Do not go to Los Angeles… there’s nothing there. It’s not like what you see on TV, it’s really dirty and you won’t just find a celebrity walking down the street. With that being said, San Diego and San Francisco are beautiful, fun places.

    San Diego – Known for the beaches and perfect sunny weather. We have a lot of beaches but I recommend you go to Coronado Beach. There’s also the Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines State Reserve for hiking, kayaking, jet skiing, bay cruises, Mexican food on every corner, and way more too many things to name.

    San Francisco – I’ve been there once and it is absolutely amazing. It has cooler weather and a more urban culture. Unlike San Diego, you don’t really need a car to get around. Everything is compact and close together. Alcatraz is loads of fun, but you have to purchase the ticket online before hand because they get sold out quickly. And the Golden Gate Bridge is a sight to see, it’s beautiful in person.

    All in all, I suggest SD and SF. SD for the laid back culture, amazing beaches, and outdoor activities. SF for the urban feel, rich history, and great night life.
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    Live in SD. Visited SF. Been to LA plenty of times.

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