Similiar booklets to this one, you can pick up just about every where in most hotels, shops or you can find this one at IHOP or Denny's restaurants. It contains loads of hotel discount coupons for hotels all over California and Neveda. It has very helpful maps too to locate where each hotel is located at that has an advertisement in it. It has a internet site to check out information and there is another one that you can print out Room Saver Coupons.
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Del Mar is a city just north of San Diego along historic Highway 101. It is a charming beach resort town and fashion's itself somewhat like a Mediterranean hillside town. It is hilly in this area along the California Coastline. Del Mar residents pride themselves with the many regulations, especially regarding beach activity and behavior.
Fondest memory: On of my fondest moments in Del Mar was giving a tour to Polish friends of mine and to see it through their eyes. Very interesting and very different from what the locals think about it.
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AKA "Nasty City" this town is not one of the loveliest in California, but it too has something to offer. Mainly less expensive hotel / motel room prices. There is a new Clarion Hotel at the north end of town just off the I-5 freeway that would be convenient for any visitor to the San Diego area and the prices are better. There are also a few standard motels just down the backside street from the Clarion with even lower prices for a night's stay and the San Diego Trolley has a station about a block or two from these hotels/motels making it convenient for tourists who do not want to rent a car while here.
The NC Mile of Cars is an historical California road that developed into a path for car dealerships. Almost any type of car can be found here from a $8,000,00 entry level car to a $50,000.00 (or more by now) Corvette.
Plaza Bonita is the big Shopping Mall and prices are generally a percentage or more lower than at the other malls north of downtown SD.
More information on my National City page.
Moving inland from downtown San Diego you'll come to the City of La Mesa. In this area you'll find that the weather is ten to twenty degrees hotter during the summer and a bit cooler at night during the winter. This is not really a tourist town, but one that offers a few interesting things to see and do.
One important fact of La Mesa is that the community usually has some sort of fair or festival going on all year long. So making a side trip out here while visiting San Diego might be an interesting option.
The small village section of La Mesa is a good example of "small town" America. In this part of town, you'll find such community events as Oktoberfest, Christmas in the Village, Children's Book Festival, a weekly Car Show, Antique Street Faire, Flag Day Parade and the weekly Farmer's Market. There are a few modest museums, such as La Mesa Depot Museum, lots of Antique/Collectable shops to choose from and a big modern shopping mall, "Grossmont Center," which is a popular place, for all San Diegans to shop and dine.
For more information about this city, check out my La Mesa page
Fondest memory: Shopping at Grossmont Center is on of the main reasons San Diegans venture into La Mesa if they don't live near. I suggest dining at Casa de Pico is worth a trip over. Both the village and Grossmont Center have a SD Trolley station near enough to make an easy journey from San Diego.
Imperial Beach is the Southwestern most point of the continental United States of America. That may be the one distinction this oftentimes overlooked town has, but it is worth telling you about if you are traveling on a budget and would like to get the most from your dollar.
The price of a hotel / motel on the beach is lower here than almost any where else along the coast in San Diego County, yet it is near enough to all the SD sites that it is still a convenient choice.
This beach town also has the Tijuana Esturary for those interested in nature perserves or ecological issues.
More IB information: Imperial Beach
California, here I come, right back where I started from. So true. Around the world , around the corner, there is no place is like home.
To list every place I have seen in California would be either boring or braggatorial. I desire to do neither. What I have done, is list the towns and cities I feel have something to give to you that says California. You can find them in my Virtual Tourist Tip pages for the United States of America, under California. There are a total of 38 locations listed. If you desire to know something about a particular city or area of California, feel free to ask. I will try to give you the answer or direct you to someone or place that will.
If you want to see the "Golden State" , then there are many places to go , and things to see. You would need a whole month to see most of it, but to highlight a few; click on the name of the location highlighted in blue for my reviews and tips; "see the San Francisco bay area, the magnificent Yosemite valley, the San Diego beach area, the quaint unique town of Solvang, the treasure of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the vineyards of Napa, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area, as large as it is, for it too has many highlights." To get the full detailed picture of California, check out the State of California webpage at: http://www.ca.gov/index.asp
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of California, is standing on the beach, any beach in California will do, but my favorite beaches are Pismo Beach and Malibu Beach. Gazing out over the blue pacific I wonder; "what's out there for me to see, to do, to touch , to smell, to taste, to experience, in so short a time. I had better seize the day." I turn around, face the land, and think the same thing. So beautiful is California. No wonder there are those that say; "California here I come." The Golden State. Welcome to my part of the world. Enjoy.
Here's is my itirenary for a two week trip if I were you:
3 days in San Francisco -
One day to rest from your trip and take it easy. Go to the Fisherman's Wharf and back to your hotel.
Second day, go to the Golden Gate Bridge and then Alcatraz Island (make sure to make reservation early. Buy the Citypass). You can also go to the Lombardi Street at this time and walk around. You can also go to the Believe it or Not Museum, Fisherman's Museum (free) etc.
Third Day, go to Napa Valley for a day and head to Monterrey at night. Just do wine tasting in Napa, look around at the little towns but in the early evening head towards Monterrey instead of Napa. Spend the night in Monterrey
Skip Sacramento! There is nothing to see there! Check out the Aquarium, arts and crafts, Ansel Adams' etc. (Your option here is You can either chose to spend the night in Monterrey or in Bodega Bay- lovely little town with a little bit of relaxation)
Fourth Day and Fifth, go to Yosemite and spend the night there or two.
Fifth day and Eight day, head to LA in the morning and spend at least three days there. Check out Hollywood if you want to and then the Disneyland and the new Adventureland.
8th day to 9th, drive to San Diego and spend two days there.
9th-11th - San Diego to Sedona - Spend time in Sedona and see all the red rocks.
11th 14th - Sedona to Grand Canyon (Please check my Sedona page)
14th - 17th Las Vegas- See the Hoover Dam and have enough days to see most of the hotels and hotel shows in Las Vegas. Buy shows early like the Cirque de Soleil, etc. (Please see my Las Vegas page)
17th- Fly out
Chula Vista is the next city north of Imperial Beach. It is the second largest city in the County of San Diego.
An official Olympic Training Center is positioned at the eastern side of CV for sports minded people who might be interested. The Cricket Wireless Ampitheater is located at the south east end. It is a major venue for big named concerts of all types and next to the Ampitheater is Knot's Soak City, a gigantic waterslide park.
The Chula Vista Nature Center is an interesting place to take children, I especially like it's petting pool where it is possible to pet a variety of fish, even a shark.
The most charming area of CV is the J Street Marina which sits along the southern end of the San Diego Bay.
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The Gaslamp Quarter is the heart of San Diego's present downtown. In the past twenty years this area has been renovated, revamped and revitalized. Every effort has been made to showcase the historical elements, take advantage of the bayside location and to draw in residents from all over the County of San Diego as well as the wonderful tourists who stop by.
The Gaslamp Quarter is only the beginning, you could spend a month in San Diego without seeing or doing everything. It doesn't matter what your interests are, you'll most likely be able to find it in San Diego. Natural settings, shopping, casual to fine dining, history, beach activities, biking, hiking, theme parks, zoos, aquarium, science, museums and more.
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Once an island between the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Coronodo was connected to the mainland by a road--the Silver Strand--built by the US Navy from Imperial Beach and was later also connected by the Coronado Bridge to the downtown area of San Diego. It is also, now again possible to get to Coronado from the harbor of downtown San Diego by ferry.
Coronado is a beach resort type of town, beautiful, expensive and not too crowded. The Hotel del Coronado is the most famous tourist attraction and except for the beach, it is the oldest. Orange Avenue is the main downtown street with lots of shops, restaurants and hotels. The Ferrylanding Market Place is the newest edition and though it does have a touristy feel to it, there are at least three really great restaurants to dine in besides some pretty unique shops .
More information on my Coronado page.
Hi,I'm a native Southern Californian, and I currently live in south Orange County, about twenty minutes down the freeway from Disneyland. Hope this helps!
The beaches in Orange County are so different from each other, it's really hard to pick a clear winner, but I may be able to narrow it down for you with a few of my favorites. Huntington Beach is the stereotypical Californian beach, it's on the video screen if you've ever been into a Hollister clothing store. It's a very wide beach, very flat, the traditional American vacation spot. Great surf, great beach, but the summer crowds can potentially be disconcerting. Laguna Beach is a lot narrower than Huntington, and it can also feel more secluded as you walk down towards the cliffs. It is a little harder to get to, but in my visits there, its always seems much less crowded than other nearby beaches. It's really great for kids, they have a playground and restaurants right on the beach. The town is adorable and itself is worth spending some time in. Balboa Peninsula is my personal favorite Orange County location, purely for the atmosphere. One way to get there is to cross the bridge to Balboa Island, then wait to take a five minute ferry to the peninsula, so getting there can be a process, but the peninsula is just so adorable it's well worth it. The place has a small carnival area and arcade, and it's also covered in restaurants and gift shops walking distance from the beach. The fun is THERE.
Catalina Island is very quaint, and I would say it's definetly worth seeing sometime, but the Avalon area is really just a beach town. If you feel like you want some more time seaside, this is a good way to go, but it's not too different from what you can get on the mainland. If you don't plan on staying in Avalon, the other side of the island is very secluded and offers great camping and hiking. Some friends of mine saw a herd of Catalina buffalo a few yards away from their campsite, so there's great potential to see unique wildlife.
Sequoia is extremely beautiful and would be my choice of the two on a given day, but to get there, especially when you add in the shuttle and a limited time frame, can be more hassle than it's worth. Catalina is about a one to two hour trip, but Sequoia will likely take over five hours. Your kids, especially being on the younger side, might not get as much out of the park visit as opposed to playing in the surf. However, there's many beaches in America, but only one small area where Sequoias grow. I suppose it really depends on how much time you're willing to spend.
Have a wonderful trip!
Favorite thing: The Waldo Tunnel stood out to me upon crossing the Golden Gate bridge for the rainbow painted at the portal. It is part of Highway 101 between the Golden Gate and Sausalito. It was named for a Whig gubernatorial candidate in California's early history. The first bore was completed in 1937 and the second in 1954 (World War II, I'm guessing, had a lot to do with the wide interval). The rainbow was painted over each portal by a Caltrans employee. The Waldo Tunnel has appeared in several movies.
i can speak for california since i have lived here almost my entire life. the temperatures are very different from north to south (it's a long state:)
san francisco is going to be from 50-65 degrees in june, probably foggy, maybe even a bit rainy.
the central coast will be warmer and sunny, a mild 75-85 degrees, unless you go inland, in which case it will be a lot warmer. if you stay on the coast, you will be comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans, but at night, you need a sweater.
l.a. is where you will find the warmest weather, especially at night. yes, you should be able to wear shorts at night. you're from canada, so your cold is different than our cold, etc.
the water in s.f. is bone chilling cold. on the central coast, as well. you will need a wetsuit to go in the water and not freeze your a** off. l.a. water is significantly warmer. you can actually go in with a bathing suit. i would not venture to say it's "warm" at all.
Favorite thing: I believe you are correct to select 2-3 cities or areas. Even Las Vegas + San Francisco + Los Angeles might be a bit much. Yet, for cities only that will do nicely. However, most in the U.S. will rent a car IF you plan to leave the cities. LV and SF do not require a car to enjoy their city. In LA, you will find getting around by public transport much more difficult.
We stayed at the Monte Verde Inn. Excellent staff. We were a group of three families that stayed at the Monte Verde Inn. It was a great experience and we enjoyed every bit of it.
Enjoyed the delicious breakfast and hung out at the small coffee shops in the town.
Because its a budget hotel, and for the price it is a very good deal.
We recommend Monte Verde Inn to anyone who is planning a trip to Carmel-by-the-sea.
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