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    I think it would be CALICO...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    I think it would be CALICO GHOST TOWN.

    If you happen to be living around the vicinity, please don't take my above comment personally. It's just my personal opinion.

    Why did I say what I just said?

    This town seems to be a MAJOR tourist destination! Every travel agent from Asia seems to be touting this place as THE town in California to see. Really not joking. :-)))

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    UNIVERSAL STUDIOIt was cool...

    by jenniferhen Written Sep 8, 2002

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    UNIVERSAL STUDIO
    It was cool but WAY TOO expensive for the day that we spent there, and WAY too many people. We stood in lines for pretty much the entire day, but did enjoy what we actually got in to. I would say for the amount it cost and what you get, it is not worth it, and I am even a big movie buff, I was very excited to see it and was pretty disappointed with the park. (plus the retarded cab fare did not help things out)
    I loved the rides but felt that it was WAY overpriced! What can I say besides...tourist trap.

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  • Disneyland is a major tourist...

    by scooter3 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Disneyland is a major tourist trap: very crowded and I find it quite annoying... Unless it's the #1 thing on your list, I would forgo it... Venice Beach is the #2 tourist trap in California, but it's not that bad... Avoid faulty purchases and avoid any offers you might get, and definitely I wouldn't suggest swimming in the ocean near there: it's not very clean...

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    Some people might like these,...

    by Tiny_Tina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Some people might like these, but i wouldn't suggest going on a Movie tour. Unless you want to see some houses of famous people (but the NOT the people) and maybe even a movie site or two, i wouldn't give it my greatest refferal.

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  • tours.. California is not...

    by purvee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    tours.. California is not best done in operated tours but on your own in a car or in a foot or on a bike.. Ofcourse, usually it's a combination of all three unless you are on a walk tour to fight some cause or a world's greatest athelete.. or a nut.. either way.. I mean simply California is too big to be explored on foot or bike.. You need a car to get around.. Some places I would not recommend having a car but then those can be day things where you park your self somewhere and do things by foot, and leave your car outside of the city or in a garage.. San Francisco down town is such a place.... Driving and Parking is a hassel.. though us suburbon locals still drive in, and run around to find a parking spot:) or pay the big bucks to park and then go home at some point that day so it's nice.. but if you plan on staying in the city for few days, don't have a car.. take the local transport.. it's good..

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    Catalina IslandThis is a...

    by londonlover Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Catalina Island

    This is a tourist trap par excellence. Advertised as a picturesque retreat island about 90 minutes off the coast of LA by boat, this is a rugged, tourist-shop infested island that's usually engulfed in a dreary fog. Unfortunately, I spent a day there, and I felt trapped! Save your money and spend an extra day at Disneyland. :)

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    $5 buys you a tiny lump of...

    by MartinR Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    $5 buys you a tiny lump of concreate set in a plastic rock, with a certificate claiming it to be a piece of the last building to be demolished on Alcatraz. And why not eh. Its what being on holiday is all about, dodgy tacky souveniers

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  • In San Francisco, although...

    by Robin815 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In San Francisco, although Fishermans Wharf is nice to see, It is pretty much a tourist trap. I don't recommend eating there. Too expensive and not tasty, there are too many other wonderful places. For real good food, go to Chinatown for authentic Chinese food and culture or the Italian district for awesome italian food. Try the Stinking Rose for Italian food if you love Garlic.

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  • The Zoo's are all the same no...

    by caramba Written Aug 24, 2002

    The Zoo's are all the same no matter where you go. San Francisco, L.A. San Diego. There are the same basic 'zoo animals'. The visit is great if you have little ones or if you're an animal lover to the extreme, cause for the money, it's a hell of a workout, and you've seen 'em all before. Disneyland and Knotts are both extremely crowded and ridiculously priced for what you actually come away with, yet it's an experience to be had at least once. Knotts has much better food available, although Disney has the more famous characters.

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  • Solvang, near Santa Barbara....

    by lelandV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Solvang, near Santa Barbara. It labels itself as a 'Danish' community. Although it was settled by Danes, it has become an overcommercialized tourist trap. Nobody speaks Danish there anymore & many of the local businesses have been overrun by factory outlet stores. The museusm are still wonderful though. Especially avoid the town during Danish Days or during cycling races, when the town exceeds capacity.

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  • The tourist trap 's Hollywood...

    by mozart_WA Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The tourist trap 's Hollywood & Sunset Bld:to see stars on the floor is really boring.I haven't enjoy seeing the show-bizz yet,but there,that goes too far.
    Another advice:avoid Calico Ghost Town
    Too,we underwent the factories hypermarket:usually cheaper than the other(you 've said)

    Too,I do not understand the tip price:it's really too expensive.We have paid so much a wonderful travel but it's too asked.The French franc is weak:7 FRF=1$

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  • In Northern California, the...

    by Randyo2 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In Northern California, the 'Drive-thru' Redwood is a tourist trap. I couldn't believe that they would charge a fee for that. Not too impressed with the 'tourist' areas of San Francisco. Park your car and walk through the parts of the city that interest you (Haight-Ashbury, Lombard Street, Chinatown, etc.)

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  • Queen Mary rip off

    by CDNgirl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In Long Beach, I visited the Queen Mary, the huge Titanic-like ocean liner now a museum and hotel. First of all, they were filming a movie on board so some of the main rooms were off limits to tourists(which they did not tell you about before you went in), so you paid to see rooms you couldn't see, the self guide map was a joke, then they had the gall to charge for parking; not just a one time fee, but by the hour!! I paid $16 to get in and $8 for parking! Skip it entirely!! Sooo not worth it. I was bitterly disappointed, I love that kind of historical stuff!!

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  • Trees???

    by CDNgirl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Redwoods are amazing and you gotta see them once and take in all the funny touristy things that go with them. The drive through tree(cool! worth the admission) the treehouse, etc. but don't plan the entire trip around spending days here, unless you just want to kick back and camp, I say keep driving and see Big Sur, or really keep driving and get to San Diego!!(MY FAVORITE!!) The trees are amazing and really, really tall, and kind of eerie but(and don't hang me for this) they're just trees. Sorry!

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  • Disneyland. I may be spoiled...

    by Jeffc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Disneyland. I may be spoiled having grown up so close to it but it's definately only a one day trip. I wouldn't recommend staying in Anaheim eighther. You can stay closer to the beach and still be less than 30 minutes to Disneyland. That way you can enjoy the beach at night instead of the ugly city of Anaheim.
    Hollywood can also be a tourist trap. Find some places to go (like the John Paul Getty Museum) or somewhere. Have a game plan. You won't be impressed by just driving around in Hollywood or anywhere in LA for that matter.

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