California Warnings and Dangers

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California Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to Avoid

    San Francisco Warnings and Dangers

    Currently staying at Nikko Hotel for work. Took a walk on Ellis Street just a block away and it is the closest thing to The Walking Dead you can witness in real life. The smell of urine and feces is everywhere. People comatose from drug use. People talking to themselves and ranting. Large groups of people loitering and cat calling, commenting on...

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  • Downtown at Night

    Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

    Downtown L.A.'s Broadway is no comparision to New York. In the early 1900s, it wasn't quite as bad though, but oh well, one cannot turn back time so much. If it weren't for the dozen or so architectural points of interests along south Broadway, I wouldn't recommend coming down here- unless you are a building buff or want to get some deals on...

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  • Beware of...

    San Diego Warnings and Dangers

    East Village (Petco Park etc.) is fine, just try to stay out of there after dark. Same with the gaslamp quarter. Do NOT go north of the 5 freeway up to the 8 except for Hillcrest, Mission Valley etc. Although you will probably not venture into these areas, try tobstay out of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Barrio Logan, Normal Heights, City Heights,...

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  • Animal Dangers

    Yosemite National Park Warnings and Dangers

    During my hike of the Valley loop trail we came across a black bear. It was about 2pm just off the trail between us and the South Side drive. The bear didn't seem to notice us or at least paid us no mind. Although the bear is brown, it was considered a black bear. So be alert and if/when you encounter a bear, and it is off the trail, just mind you...

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  • Flora / Fauna

    Monterey Warnings and Dangers

    Nature is beautiful and fun, but be careful among some of the birds in Monterey. The area around the bay is home to more Seagulls than you can begin to count. They tend to be loud and can be aggressive if provoked (don’t tease them). Don’t be surprised if you find your car has become their latrine. Keep an eye out overhead for shells they may drop...

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  • Car Care

    Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers

    If your car breaks down the National Park Service recommends to stay with your vehicle and wait for help. They advise against walking for help in the desert sun. If stranded, try to get out of the sun and drink plenty of water. So have enough water in the event of an emergency.

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  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Long Beach Warnings and Dangers

    I moved to Long Beach for school and had only visited a couple times, so I did not know where to move to, brought my toddler and I was also on a budget, limiting my options and wish I had been given a clearer idea of what I should expect and where I should look for housing. Since moving to Long Beach, this is what I have observed and I hope it...

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  • Unsafe Areas / Crime

    Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

    Firstly, we never ventured into Hollywood - West Hollywood is where all the attractions are, like Graumans Chinese Theatre, all the celebrity sighting hotspots, and the nightlife like Chateau Marmont, The Standard etc. There is really no need to head into Hollywood or any further east. Thats when things get sketchy. We stayed right on Hollywood...

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  • Parking

    Manhattan Beach Warnings and Dangers

    Here's a twist. You park and pay for two hours at a meter. You come back two hours later to fill the meter again for another two hours. And you get a ticket. How's that? You have put enough money in the meter for the time your are there. And, you get a ticket. Check this out. You can't stay in the same space for more than two hours. You...

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  • Areas to Avoid

    San Jose Warnings and Dangers

    The area between Story, King and Capitol This is among the roughest area of town...not a good place to hang out as tourist at night. San Jose is among the safest cities in the US but if you look for bad spots, you will find them ! For details on crime rate see web site below:

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  • Roads

    Big Sur Warnings and Dangers

    My friend and i were driving north on rt 1 Pch by big sur when we discovered a visitor parking area. I put my turn signal on about a 100 yards befor i turned. Next thing you know. A suv passes me on the right. Sidewiped me and ran of the road. Falling and tumbeling down a steep embarkment. I thought for sure he is dead. My friend and i ran to their...

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  • Weather Wise

    South Lake Tahoe Warnings and Dangers

    The Tahoe area can receive heavy snow anytime from early fall to late spring. Chains or 4WD vehicles are often required on California roads during snowstorms; during such storms, checkpoints will be setup on mountain passes. If you do not have chains or 4WD and you come to a chain control checkpoint, you will be required to turn around or purchase...

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  • People / The Homeless

    Santa Monica Warnings and Dangers

    *I* am one of those homeless people being talked about. If there be warnings of danger, it is as much to US as the blessed non-homeless. 1) Every human needs to sleep. If you are homeless, alone with no family, can't get a shelter bed, and live on the westside, WHERE is it (relatively) SAFE to sleep with little to no police harassment? 2) Human...

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  • Driving / Road Rules

    Coronado Warnings and Dangers

    One of the most important things I could share is too slow down and take it easy. Just because everyone in this area drives like a nut doesn't mean you have. Just slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Just be on the defense when driving in this area. Want you all to be safe and get home safe!! :-))

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  • Disneyland / California Adventure

    Anaheim Warnings and Dangers

    The following attractions are closed or scheduled for closure as of this writing. Reasons and expected re-opening date are included. Check the disneyland.com website first for updated attraction closures to avoid any disappointments. DISNEYLAND It's a Small World - Now till late November 2008 for refurbishment Mark Twain Riverboat - 1/28 through...

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  • Wildlife

    Palm Springs Warnings and Dangers

    Here is a caution and one to take seriously. I live in the mountains so I know. I have seen one of these big cats almost upfront and person, but fortunately he was either not hungry or didn’t feel threaten by me and believe me I gave them space. First tip: Where there is deer or elk, there is mountain lions plain and simple!!!! Mountains lions...

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  • CO2 Dangers

    Mammoth Lakes Warnings and Dangers

    Mammoth Lakes looks like the prettiest little place ever, but there is to some extent, a quite major danger here (not likely to occur while most visitors are here). The town of Mammoth Lakes sits on the enormous Long Valley caldera (a geological feature somewhat like Yellowstone), which could possibly erupt in the near future. In the 1980's, a...

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  • About Driving

    Oceanside Warnings and Dangers

    The main south-north road in Oceanside is marked S-21 on traffic signs and maps. Hmm... it seems that nobody knows this strange numbers: S-21 but everyone knows the name Highway 101 = Pacific Coastal Highway. So, better do not ask locals for S-21. From my friend David (newyorkerman): Highways are maintained by the local government, the city or...

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  • Beach Warnings

    La Jolla Warnings and Dangers

    Do not bother the seals! I enjoyed seeing the seals. Please don't disturb them. No seals in Kansas. This was first time I ever saw wild seals. Thought seeing the seals here was great. Please heed the signs and do not disturb them with loud noises or get too close.

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  • Bear Warnings

    Lone Pine Warnings and Dangers

    Lone Pine is the gateway to many outdoor activities on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Bears looking for food have become a serious problem, especially at campsites and trail heads. Trail heads now have bear-proof containers for storing food items while you are away from camp or even your car. The rangers recommend anything that has an odor...

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  • Food / Drink

    San Rafael Warnings and Dangers

    This is an Alton Brown recipe, "Moo-less Chocolate Pie." It turned out delicious! 2 cups chocolate chips, 1/3 cup coffee liqueur 1 block silken tofu 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey 1 prepared chocolate wafer crust Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Melt the chocolate and coffee liqueur in the bowl. Stir in...

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  • Bears

    Redwood National Park Warnings and Dangers

    On my last day in Redwood National Park, I explored a more remote area on Bald Hills Road, hiking to Lyons Ranch. I was very fortunate this day for many reasons. The weather was great and so was the scenery. I discovered an old farm intact and was great to explore. I also so a bear cub on the side of the trail during my walk out, then minutes later...

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  • Knott's Berry Farm

    Buena Park Warnings and Dangers

    especially in the evening in October! This may be a tall order if visiting BP but still try! You see, congestion for Knotts Berry Farm becomes terribly heavily during the time the park puts on its annual Halloween "Knotts Scary Farm" celebration. Cars, buses (especially OCTA 29 and MTA 460) and any other vehicles can get delayed for a long time,...

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  • Driving in California

    California Warnings and Dangers

    What we call PCH is actually, State Route 1 (SR 1) also known in sections as Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway. It is a group of various roads along the California coast line that runs south and north and has been renamed SR 1. In various sections the locals still refer to it as it was...

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  • People to Avoid

    San Francisco Warnings and Dangers

    There is a scam in San Francisco that is also a health hazard. A "homeless" person stands near a food truck and asks you to buy them a meal. You buy them one. After you leave, they give it back to the food truck owner who gives them half the cost and the. Sells the same food to someone . I've seen this at the food trucks neat Division Street at the...

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  • Unsafe Areas

    Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

    @TravellerfromAus: I have to doubt the veracity of your post. What kind of person goes cruising through skid row? Not a very smart one, I'm afraid. Perhaps you should read "The Six Blind Men and the Elephant" before making sweeping generalizations about LA. Skid Row is about a square mile east of downtown civic center, which is where your pictures...

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  • Driving -Traffic - Parking

    San Diego Warnings and Dangers

    San Diego is located just north of one of the busiest border crossings in the US. As such there are many drivers that don't necessarily follow the "rules of the road" posted in the US. Stop signs and sometimes Stop Lights can be mere "suggestions" the closer to the border you get. As such tourists should be aware and take precautions.

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Yosemite National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I will echo a bit what Al has said: Yosemite in one day will be no fun. Leaving from SF and driving by car or bus is a 6 hour round trip. June is a summer vacation month so the park will be a lot more crowded as will the roads going to the park. And you mention that you will have children with you also, it will be a long and tiring day for them and...

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  • Bring Water!

    Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I have been to Death Valley several times and I loved it. I was there in mid-May, and it was 100 degrees at Stovepipe Wells. Other places weren't quite that bad. TAKE LOTS OF WATER WITH YOU! Take twice as much as you think you need, and toss in some extra for your car, just in case. Pick up a map from the Ranger, and let them know where you are...

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  • Sleazy / Tacky

    Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

    Try not to buy anything in Hollywood from small vendors. Most of the items they sell are not genuine and have no warranty or fake! I went into an electronic store to look at digital cameras and the person was quiet rude with me. I explained to him what I am looking for and that I am from Canada. All he said is: "Here we go, Another Story" Very...

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  • Safety Issues

    Manhattan Beach Warnings and Dangers

    This goes without saying: You should never drink and drive, but around here...You definitely don't want to drink and drive. Cabs are plentiful on Friday and Saturday nights. You have no excuse. You could even ride a bike - I guess it's a little safter than driving.

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  • Feeding Wild Animals

    South Lake Tahoe Warnings and Dangers

    While hiking the Rubicon trail we stopped at Vikingsholm for a break and a snack that we brought along with us. While at the picnic tables eating a few chipmunks had absolutely no fear in jumping up on the picnic table seat right next to us looking for food. They are very cute and I can see people wanting to feed them as I am sure happens all the...

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  • Local Laws

    Santa Monica Warnings and Dangers

    Located at the entrance of pier is located a box you can deposit your cigarettes butts. Smoking is not permitted on the Santa Monica Pier. SMMC 4.44.020 Reason? The pier is wood, so not a good thing to be smoking along it, don't you think?. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Suite 201 Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • Other Rules

    Coronado Warnings and Dangers

    Coronado is always a fun place to seek out sun and sand pretty much any day of the year but there are a few rules that visitors might wish to know about and follow. The sidewalks are for pedestrians that are walking only. Bicycles, skateboards, skates, etc. are "verboten" and the police tend to watch for this activity. Also sidewalks, streets,...

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  • Other Natural Dangers

    Mammoth Lakes Warnings and Dangers

    It snows alot at Mammoth, and much of the winter snow lingers into summer. Many roads in the area are plowed and open year round (including the road to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area), but some are not, and don't open until sometime in summer. On a typical year, the road to Devils Postpile (which we had planned to visit) opens in late May/early June....

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  • Avoid This....

    California Warnings and Dangers

    Just a reminder when visiting California, Ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that prohibits the use of handheld mobile phones while driving in the state. Believe me the law inforcement does watch for people using their cellphones while driving. Effective July 1, 2008, the legislation prohibits drivers from using a wireless...

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  • Driving S.F.

    San Francisco Warnings and Dangers

    First of all: in the USA, it is legal for drivers to make a right turn even when there is a red light. In Boxing, Philadelphia was made famous with Joe Frazier and the "Philadelphia Left Hook" punch. Well in San Francisco, the impatient, young and impatient professionals are known for having the San Francisco "right hook." What I mean is that San...

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  • South Central

    Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

    First off, I've lived in South Central all my life and honestly I don't see anything wrong with the place, except that there are lots of homeless people around. When living in South Central, I've never witnessed a crime or anything like that, and it's mostly what people would think. Most people think South Central is the most horrible place ever,...

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  • Beaches

    San Diego Warnings and Dangers

    Tempting as it may be to pet the seals laying around at La Jolla Cove, these animals are quite dangerous. Recently, a five year old boy was encouraged by a negligent parent to try and pet a seal and was bitten in the face by a 500 lb male who apparently didn't like the idea. Although the display of seals here is less impressive than the sea lions...

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  • Walking / Hiking

    Yosemite National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I bought a book called "Off the Wall - Deaths at Yosemite". It's available at the tourist shops in Yosemite and should be recommended reading for all those who venture off the main road. I shudder at times when reading it as it records many wrong things I have done bushwalking (hiking) in Australia. Even simple short walks in Yosemite can end up...

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  • Weather Wise

    Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers

    One of the hottest and driest places in all of the United States and the temperatures can reach well over 120 degrees. Make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take to get there and DO NOT rely on your GPS system.

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  • Fog / Smog

    Manhattan Beach Warnings and Dangers

    Along the beach looking north, past the pier, past the palm trees, past the lovely homes, an ominous sign of Los Angeles civilization looms. An advantage Manhattan Beach has, is that the wind usually blows from west to east and the smoke from these stacks probably rarely ruin a day spent at this beach. However, if you are sensitive to pollutants...

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  • Beaches

    Santa Monica Warnings and Dangers

    I have recently went to Venice Beach and met some really interesting people. I met a man from Germany who recently has become homeless. Although homeless, he was very educated and knowledgable about worldly issues. It is amazing how we see homeless people as "the others" not recognizing that we too can become homeless at anytime considering the...

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  • Sun / Sea

    Coronado Warnings and Dangers

    Coronado is probably one of the safest cities in the world. The biggest danger is the sun and surf. Especially during the early months of summer when we have what is called May Grey or June Gloom in the mornings until, usually after noon time there is danger of burning. Even those days that seem to be an over cast, it is important to use sun...

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  • Be Aware In / Of The Area

    California Warnings and Dangers

    My husband parked the car at the parking lot closet to Alcatraz and a man motioned for him where to park and collected the fee. My husband assumed it was the parking lot attendant. Later on after we had left and had returned to re-park we notice that you are supposed to pay a machine and the parking pass the man gave my husband was for a different...

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