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Thread: Things to do (and not do) on your Californian holiday in April

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    I know it’s a bit corny but I really enjoyed Disneyland (in Anaheim, LA) for the first and last time I went there a few years ago at age 48. But being with your family is a must of course. I didn’t actually go to Disneyland, I went to the California Adventure next door (part of Disneyland but another enclosure and considered another ticket but you get a double ticket that you can use on separate days). One piece of advice, go on the established rides. We waited in line for 2.5 hours for the ‘Cars’ ride which was brand new but was over in a minute and we weren’t too impressed with the wait vs. result. Apart from that, the whole is an extremely high quality production, clean, family friendly. etc.
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    Thanks for all the ideas, they all look really interesting and exactly what we're looking for. One other place we'd heard was good (and the reviews suggest the same) is Griffith Observatory in LA. I think they shot some blockbusters there too so that's also on our list.

    We're doing a fly-drive and will do some free range exploring too. Are there any "don't do's" or "don't go's" when you're on the road in that part of the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJitsoup View Post
    Thanks for all the ideas, ...
    Hi, see also my comments here: https://www.revitforum.org/structure...tml#post212930

    We're doing a fly-drive and will do some free range exploring too. Are there any "don't do's" or "don't go's" when you're on the road in that part of the world?
    Nah, just be prepared to pay for gasoline or other things much more than in other states. CA is probably the most expensive state. Good luck with your trip and have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
    Nah, just be prepared to pay for gasoline or other things much more than in other states. CA is probably the most expensive state. Good luck with your trip and have fun.
    Thanks for the heads up but in the UK we pay some of the highest fuel prices in the western world. The standard price over here for unleaded is around $6.70 (£5.20) /gallon pretty much everywhere. If you fill-up at a motorway (freeway) service station you'll be paying the equivalent of over $7/gallon. Most of it is Government taxation. It's utterly crazy but because they price it by the litre over here (thanks EU) it seems cheaper than it actually is and we just accept it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJitsoup View Post
    T... you'll be paying the equivalent of over $7/gallon. Most of it is Government taxation. It's utterly crazy ...
    Wow, that's outrageous! I'm glad to live in Florida where gasoline is now around US$1.99 a gallon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
    Wow, that's outrageous! I'm glad to live in Florida where gasoline is now around US$1.99 a gallon.
    You're not kidding. It's brutal tbh. But like most of the bad things around today we've just sleep-walked into it so no one has ever really questioned it.

    I holidayed a lot in the US as a child and teenager with my family in the 80's (thanks to Freddie Laker's Sky Train) and remember my dad getting back in the car after he'd filled up the hire car, always with a big smile on his face, saying something like "I've just filled the car up for pennies!!".

    That was then but now the differential is even more........but saying that anything we save on fuel over there will be outweighed by the shear cost of getting there in the first place. But that's of no matter really, I wrestle with (although I'd love to say 'use') this software so my family can enjoy themselves and we are so looking forward to getting back over for there for first time in over a decade. We love the place, the weather and the positivity of the people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
    Wow, that's outrageous!
    No, the continued dependence on fossil fuels for the combustible engine is outrageous.


    And JuJit, swimming with dolphins? One hopes you mean in the open sea.

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    Yep around 6,5 dollar a gallon here as well. Good ting I just ride a bicycle
    But I agree with Snowyweston too. I believe the prices in the US are the outrageous ones. I mean, basically, other then the countries where they actually get it out of the ground, the US has the cheapest fuel in the world (link) so a bit more tax on that would not hurt anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuJitsoup View Post
    ......swimming with Dolphins thing.......
    Well, first, the Pacific Ocean is a wee bit cold, particularly in April, and especially going north of LA.

    Looking at options somewhat lesser known:
    Heading south from SF along Highway 1, before you hit Half Moon Bay, head over to the Miramar Beach Restaurant, for drinks - funky and fun to watch the sunset at the beach or watch the kids on the beach.

    Way way more upscale, after Half Moon Bay, head over to The Ritz Carlton. Tell them at the gate you're heading to the Conservatory for drinks and a snack/lunch/food. Drive into the hotel courtyard, bite the cost and let them park your car - it won't be displayed among the Ferraris and other eye candy. Inside, head straight back for the Conservatory (cafe/bar) or turn left towards the hotel check-in. Ignore them, turn right down that hall, and take the first elevator on the left, and go down one floor. Find your way out the back to the wonderful bluff seating or walking paths along the cliff edges. You get drinks and snacks there. If it's cool or in the evenings, they'll have the firepits and heaters on. Think local brews and some-mores.

    The next big town is Santa Cruz. Highway 1 is more highway there, so you'll need to exit and head over to the beach and the Boardwalk/Pier area. Local touristy area but this'll be your first more southern type town. Or better, go a bit further south to Capitola and do Cliff Drive and Capitola Beach. Your kids might get a kick out the Shadowbrook Restaurant - it's on the river and you take a tram down to it. Or there are eating places on the beach as the town is right there. If it's the weekend, park up the hill in the lot and walk down.

    Heading south, next up is Monterey Bay - Definitely go to the Aquarium. If it's the weekend, get tickets ahead of time.

    Carmel is worth the detour, as is it's beach, particularly at sunset. Park at the beginning of the main street and walk all the way down to the beach. You can also visit one of the missions near there. Ask any California 4th grader about the missions.

    Onward, you'll be hugging the coastline, eventually getting to Big Sur. Nepenthe over looking the ocean for a meal is way cool and expensive but the view.... Not knowing your price range, even way more cooler is Post Ranch, high up above - not sure if public can drive around there anymore unless you're gutsy.

    Then next up is San Simeon and Hearst Castle. H'mmm maybe you've already seen a few castles a bit older. If you go, get tickets ahead of time. History note: Hearst Castle was done by Julian Morgan, the first woman architect to be licensed in California. She did quite a few buildings around here. (I feel bad, but I remodeled one of her lesser known cottages...)

    That's all I have after this, except once you're in LA, you have to go Meier's Getty Museum. This time you'll take a tram up. Or for the kids, La Brea Tar Pits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBlome View Post
    Well, first, the Pacific Ocean is a wee bit cold, particularly in April, and especially going north of LA.
    Duly noted. Maybe this is more a Florida (or summer only) thing.....it was just a suggestion by the Mrs.

    Do appreciate the time and insight from someone who knows the area. It all sounds superb. We'll definitely get some of this stuff plugged into the schedule.
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