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    The Cabazon Dinosaurs

    by traveldave Updated Aug 8, 2012

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    For many years, the Cabazon dinosaurs have been a roadside attraction for those traveling Interstate 10 between Riverside and Palm Springs. They have become an American icon, appearing in rock videos, Coca-Cola and Kodak commercials, and the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

    The two concrete dinosaurs, one an Apatosaurus ajax (named Dinny) and the other a Tyrannosaurus rex (named Mr. Rex), were constructed by Claude Bell as an attraction to lure guests to his motel, the Wheel Inn. Considered the world's largest models of dinosaurs, Dinny is 150 feet (46 meters) long and weighs 150 tons (136,078 kilograms), and Mr. Rex is 65 feet (20 meters) tall and weighs 100 tons (90,718 kilograms). There is a small souvenir stand in Dinny's belly, and admission is only one dollar. Work stopped on Mr. Rex in 1989 when Bell died, and there are no current plans to complete it.

    The dinosaurs once stood on an open patch of desert and were clearly visible from the interstate, but unfortunately today they are surrounded by fast food restaurants and gas stations.

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  • Napa Valley

    by YouthinAsia Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Copia. What a RIP-OFF. This is supposed to be the Napa Valley's great visitor's exposition but beware, better yet don't bother. The supposed showcase of food & wine but it is neither and totally it is without "soul". Sure there is wine (you'll pay for it), there is food too (you'll REALLY pay for that) and you'll even pay to come in the door here with the admission charge. Nevermind that the whole "experience" is completely removed from any winery this place is a total waste of $$$. Better to just check out the gardens in front (you can do this without lightening your wallet) and drive over to Sonoma where you can actually talk to a winemaker while he pours you a glass - sometimes still at no charge. For a much better presentation of wine and food get up to Hopland (Mendocino County) to Fetzer's or The Old Schoolhouse. Anderson Valley is a good bet also with very low key atmosphere, great wine and you're almost to the town of Mendocino.

    Unique Suggestions: Keep driving, or if you must stretch your legs check out Copia's gardens. Downtown Sonoma is much better for walking, eating and drinking -it isn't very far, maybe 20 minutes and well worth it. Napa is for chumps these days and the traffic during a summer weekend is lousy.

    Fun Alternatives: see above...
    Town of Sonoma and nearby wineries, Vella's Cheese is walking distance from the Sonoma town square and well worth the visit, too.
    Hopland (Mendocino County).
    Anderson Valley (Mendocino County).

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    • Wine Tasting

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    Santa Cruz Main Beach

    by Laurel16 Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Although Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is occasionally fun for local children (we go maybe once a year) the main beach below the boardwalk is usually crowded and dirty during the summer. When I was younger (middle & high school) we used to call this beach "San Jose by the Sea", meaning most of the people on the beach were from "over the hill" in San Jose. There are other, much better beaches.

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    by b1bob Written Jul 28, 2003

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    We also went to Mann's Chinese theater to see the hand and footprints of a smaller group of movie stars. In total we walked about 3 miles. I found Hollywood to be seedier than I thought it would be. There were bums asking for a handout every 15 ft. (5 m).

    Unique Suggestions: I pretended not to know English to get away without harassment. If you don't happen to speak 6 foreign languages like I do, fake it by babbling like a madman.

    Mann's Chinese Theatre

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  • Hollywood Boulevard

    by c-girl Written Sep 21, 2003

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    In front of Grauman's Chinese Theater-all the stars have their handprints or footprints...and in some cases....hoof prints! This may be a tourist trap....but lots of fun!

    Unique Suggestions: Get down and see how your feet and hands match up!

    Rebecca measuring up w/Mel Gibson!
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    Don't give them your money

    by kaybsix Written Sep 21, 2002

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    Tony and Maria's Anniversary Party.
    Dinner Threatre and it needs help!!

    Not cheap, but cheap food and not a good performance. Not like the Tony and Maria's wedding in Chicago

    Fun Alternatives: Spend and $150.00 and go to the Island and have a nice meal or to a Jazz Club.


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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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    Death Valley

    by KaiM Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Don´t get sucked into this tourist trap. Death Valley is a great National Park. The hottest and lowest (several meters below sea level) point of the US. A desert in a huge mountain valley in Eastern California. You can see snow on the surrounding peaks, but still suffer from the hot and dry air. ABSOLUTELY DON´T FORGET TO TAKE ENOUGH WATER. Not only for yourself, but also for the cooler of your car. If your car is overheated and doesn´t work anymore and you don´t have enough water to drink, you might get into big, big trouble. Still, Death Valley is a place you shouldn´t miss. Great sand dunes, a salt lake, some canyons and even an oasis with the tourist lodge Furnace Creek Ranch are worth a visit.

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    This is the original...

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    This is the original Disneyland and I'm only putting it under 'tourist trap' because there will be a lot of tourists if you visit. But don't let that stop you! It's still a great place that is sure to put a smile on your face.

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    UNIVERSAL STUDIOIt was cool...

    by jenniferhen Written Sep 8, 2002

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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    Downtown Los Angeles.

    by b1bob Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    Downtown Los Angeles. The second largest U.S. city does sure enough have a skyline, but it lacks a real core downtown. All the major tourist areas are out a ways from central city L.A. The movie studios have moved to the hills, the major theme parks are in neighbouring Orange County or in Valencia (on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains).

    Los Angeles skyline at dusk

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