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Old 09-27-2017, 06:38 PM   #16
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if you're in LA, visit Seqioua National Park or Yosemite. It's a couple hours worth of driving from LA but totally worth it. Yosemite is so ****ing incredible.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:16 PM   #17
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Sounds fun plow, I'm headed to NY in October, I'll let you know what was cool


Btw can Dresta be any more miserable? Someone put that kid on suicide watch.

That'd be sweet dude. Let me know where you stayed too, and how decent it was accessing everything from there.

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If you're going to California, 5 days is no where near enough.

I mean LA is pretty spread out. If i had to plan it, i would spend 3 days strictly in LA and visit the rest of California (San Diego, San Fran etc.) another time.

Yeah, not enough time at this point for us. Planning on doing a 3 or 4 month trip around Europe and America next year. That'll be the point we have more time to visit everything we want. Obviously I'd love to fit all those in, but I feel like I'd just be rushing each city.

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Spend the bulk of your time here and LA won't seem so overwhelming. Downtown LA, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice, Santa Monica, the Getty Center, the Miracle Mile, etc, are all located here. Griffith Park, Universal City, and Exposition Park (home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor) are just outside this blob too.

Awesome, good visualisation with the map as well. Yeah, those were generally the areas I wanted to get a good look at. I've been before, but the GF hasn't, and she'd really like to see the more touristy spots. As would I.

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I'm more of a Mr. Plow guy, but I'll bite. I hate hollywood, unless you're really into touristy stuff or your friends are there, I can't advise spending any time there. Good bars and people watching I suppose. Santa Monny and V-Nice are lovely this time of year. I don't know exactly what you're looking to do so feel free to make requests, I'll just give you a couple good casual grub spots

Cha Cha Chicken - funky little caribbean counter restaurant, THE best jerk chicken in LA, period. Get the jerk wings or the jerk special or both. Shit is absurd.

The Misfit - great lunch spot, killer food, across the street from the beach and the santa monica pier.

Perfect man. I actually love the recommendations for the food spots.
We're doing the typical touristy stuff. Sounds bland to locals like yourself maybe, but it has been 10+ years since I've seen LA, and the GF has never been. Hollywood is the pinnacle of LA tourist attraction sites I guess, so we can't miss it.
At the same time, I'll have a friend showing me around for a lot of it, so I'm sure I'll get to see some of the not so typical places to visit too. I'll put the two restaurants on my list as well. We'll be eating a lot of fast food too, since I don't eat it here, and we have no where near the variety you guys have.

I guess in terms of what we want to do, is just see typical LA. Maybe go for a decent hike and see a nice view of the whole city. She like shopping, and we both want to try all the different foods LA and NY has to offer. Pretty big on historical stuff. Neither of us knows too much about American history, and it would be cool to take a few things like that in, in NY and LA. Also, just cover the major tourist spots that you can't miss while being in the city.
We like walking while on holiday. Obviously not ridiculous 20 mile treks or anything, but we get up about 7am, and will be out until 8pm, then go out again for late dinners.

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See a cirque du soleil show while in Vegas...best shows in the country, bar none.

There are lots of them...'Ka' and 'O' are generally accepted as the best ones.

I've seen Ka twice...it's amazing

Perfect. Won't be there too long, and that'll be something different. Would you need to go about pre booking tickets a lot earlier, or is it something I can do once I get there?


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Central Park and Midtown are very walkable. The subway is the cheapest way around but it's also very easy to get a cab or Uber. You could easily spend a day just doing museums: The Metropolitan, Natural History, Fricke, MOMA, Guggenheim are all great. Times Square is fun to walk through but is a total tourist trap with crappy restaurants. The good thing though is that if you walk a few blocks East or West from there you wind up in some pretty cool neighborhoods with some fantastic restaurants and a lot of local color. Chelsea Market and the High Line are worth it to see how a former industrial wasteland can be transformed.

Good to hear.
I guess the one thing I'm picking up, is a lot of the tourist spots are generally pretty average for food? Museums sound great.
Any major historical monuments in NY that shouldn't be missed.

Another thing I didn't realize is how far Wall St was from the other major spots.

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if you're in LA, visit Seqioua National Park or Yosemite. It's a couple hours worth of driving from LA but totally worth it. Yosemite is so ****ing incredible.

I was looking into something like this. Yosemite might be something we do on our last day if we get around to seeing everything. Like you said it is a bit of a hike away from the city, so that may be the only issue.
Is Runyon Canyon Park a decent alternative, to go hiking a little and see a nice view of the city?

Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:21 PM   #18
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That'd be sweet dude. Let me know where you stayed too, and how decent it was accessing everything from there.



Yeah, not enough time at this point for us. Planning on doing a 3 or 4 month trip around Europe and America next year. That'll be the point we have more time to visit everything we want. Obviously I'd love to fit all those in, but I feel like I'd just be rushing each city.



Awesome, good visualisation with the map as well. Yeah, those were generally the areas I wanted to get a good look at. I've been before, but the GF hasn't, and she'd really like to see the more touristy spots. As would I.



Perfect man. I actually love the recommendations for the food spots.
We're doing the typical touristy stuff. Sounds bland to locals like yourself maybe, but it has been 10+ years since I've seen LA, and the GF has never been. Hollywood is the pinnacle of LA tourist attraction sites I guess, so we can't miss it.
At the same time, I'll have a friend showing me around for a lot of it, so I'm sure I'll get to see some of the not so typical places to visit too. I'll put the two restaurants on my list as well. We'll be eating a lot of fast food too, since I don't eat it here, and we have no where near the variety you guys have.

I guess in terms of what we want to do, is just see typical LA. Maybe go for a decent hike and see a nice view of the whole city. She like shopping, and we both want to try all the different foods LA and NY has to offer. Pretty big on historical stuff. Neither of us knows too much about American history, and it would be cool to take a few things like that in, in NY and LA. Also, just cover the major tourist spots that you can't miss while being in the city.
We like walking while on holiday. Obviously not ridiculous 20 mile treks or anything, but we get up about 7am, and will be out until 8pm, then go out again for late dinners.



Perfect. Won't be there too long, and that'll be something different. Would you need to go about pre booking tickets a lot earlier, or is it something I can do once I get there?




Good to hear.
I guess the one thing I'm picking up, is a lot of the tourist spots are generally pretty average for food? Museums sound great.
Any major historical monuments in NY that shouldn't be missed.

Another thing I didn't realize is how far Wall St was from the other major spots.



I was looking into something like this. Yosemite might be something we do on our last day if we get around to seeing everything. Like you said it is a bit of a hike away from the city, so that may be the only issue.
Is Runyon Canyon Park a decent alternative, to go hiking a little and see a nice view of the city?

Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys.


dude, people come from all over the world to yosemite. i visited for tge first time last year. here's a video i took: https://youtu.be/u4aEUDG_tlI

i highly recommend you make time for it.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:40 PM   #19
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I was looking into something like this. Yosemite might be something we do on our last day if we get around to seeing everything. Like you said it is a bit of a hike away from the city, so that may be the only issue.
Is Runyon Canyon Park a decent alternative, to go hiking a little and see a nice view of the city?




Yosemite is truly jaw dropping beautiful. I doubt you'll have time to do it on such a short visit, it's a 5 hour drive to get to yosemite valley. It's not really a "knock this off on the last day" type of excursion. Make time in your life to go though, it's transcendent.

Runyon is a fun little hike but by no means a Yosemite alternative, it's a decent man made trail you can run your dogs on in the middle of hollywood. It's easy and there's good people watching but it's towards the bottom of my LA hike list. There's some great hikes with killer views around the city, I like the one by temescal canyon but I'm a sucker for ocean views. Plenty of cool spots in griffith park that won't be quite as crowded as Runyon.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:28 PM   #20
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go to a knicks game
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:52 PM   #21
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I most definitely will. Bit bummed Carmelo left, but hopefully get a decent team come to the MSG while we're there.
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:02 PM   #22
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Why would you travel all that way to go to some of the shittiest places in the US? Have fun with the endless hordes of flesh and steel, it's quite something.

LA is definitely a shithole but I can see the appeal of Las Vegas and NY. At least he's not spending five days in Vegas like some tourists. The spearmint rhino in Vegas has a great animal exhibit. I suggest hitting that place up at about 4am in the morning.

LA is the first stop from Australia so that obviously makes sense. I'd recommend driving to Santa Barbara and chilling there or go down to San Diego as soon as you land.

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Old 09-27-2017, 10:34 PM   #23
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I most definitely will. Bit bummed Carmelo left, but hopefully get a decent team come to the MSG while we're there.

Personally I would try and make a Lakers game at Staples.

Went to MSG in Jan for a St Johns game and was very underwhelmed with the place. Missed damn near the whole first quarter because the security couldnt deal with the crowds coming from Penn Station. Ushers were rude douchebags as well.

I get the whole "mecca of basketball" thing when it comes to MSG but look at the retired jerseys and championship banners at Staples..........Ive been to Staples multiple times and always had a great experience.
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LA you need a car, everything is spread out. But if you have people taking you around that's cool. I'd cut it to 4 for LA, bit more for Vegas so you're not rushed.
Ny is awesome, so many things to see and eat etc. you can walk around everywhere unless you're lazy take the subway or cab they're cheap.. are you going to see any games?
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Check the dates for games before you go and I'd recommend stubhub, easy to use and they email you the tickets..
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Awesome, good visualisation with the map as well. Yeah, those were generally the areas I wanted to get a good look at. I've been before, but the GF hasn't, and she'd really like to see the more touristy spots. As would I.
This area is well served by transit too, at least by LA standards. The Expo Line runs from Santa Monica to DTLA, the Red Line connects DTLA to Hollywood and Universal Studios, the Purple Line runs through Koreatown (which has some of the best food and nightlife in the city) and leaves you a stones throw from the Miracle Mile, and the Gold Line runs through Old Pasadena.

Check what's playing at the Hollywood Bowl when you're in town, that's a great place to watch a concert. The setting is amazing.

Yosemite is almost a vacation in itself, I'd skip it for this trip. If you fancy a hike, Griffith Park is your best option - - from the observatory there are several trails that take you in all sorts of directions. It doesn't begin to compare to Yosemite, but it'll do in a pinch.
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I love Vegas, I've been there around 8-10 times. I could easily spend a week there and love it, completely sober too, no 'Hangover' type stuff. Vegas has the greatest shows you could see, some of the best restaurants in the country, lots of famous chefs have a place there and I love to be wined and dined. I also love to play poker and there is tons of that.

I think Vegas gets an rep of 'overrated' from 20-somethings that go there for bachelor parties or a 'Hangover' experience, spend a weekend in a drugged out drunken state, they don't care for casinos or gambling, come back hungover as fck feeling like shit, and then telling themselves that place is 'overrated'. But if you have some money to spend it has a lot to offer outside of wild parties.

Buy tickets to shows online before you go...they sell out. Plus you can pick your exact seats online. I recommend 'Ka' or 'O'.
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Check the dates for games before you go and I'd recommend stubhub, easy to use and they email you the tickets..

Play the Heat on the in NY... could be the one to go to. If it is cutting time short, will probably end up going to the Portland game in NY just two days prior.
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Personally I would try and make a Lakers game at Staples.

Went to MSG in Jan for a St Johns game and was very underwhelmed with the place. Missed damn near the whole first quarter because the security couldnt deal with the crowds coming from Penn Station. Ushers were rude douchebags as well.

I get the whole "mecca of basketball" thing when it comes to MSG but look at the retired jerseys and championship banners at Staples..........Ive been to Staples multiple times and always had a great experience.

Yeah, I think my friend mentioned he'd take us, so that would be sweet. Like you said, MSG is the mecca, so hence why I want to see that one too. I'd be keen on a baseball game even though I'm not a fan, but that goes on all day.

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This area is well served by transit too, at least by LA standards. The Expo Line runs from Santa Monica to DTLA, the Red Line connects DTLA to Hollywood and Universal Studios, the Purple Line runs through Koreatown (which has some of the best food and nightlife in the city) and leaves you a stones throw from the Miracle Mile, and the Gold Line runs through Old Pasadena.

Check what's playing at the Hollywood Bowl when you're in town, that's a great place to watch a concert. The setting is amazing.

Yosemite is almost a vacation in itself, I'd skip it for this trip. If you fancy a hike, Griffith Park is your best option - - from the observatory there are several trails that take you in all sorts of directions. It doesn't begin to compare to Yosemite, but it'll do in a pinch.

I figure we will have a day or two alone, so while we're not being driven around, its good knowing that it is easy to get around. Will keep Griffith Park in mind then. Making a big list of things as I bump through the thread and get ideas thrown at me.
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coin24, or anyone else in NY, how much am I looking at in terms of a decent ticket at a Knicks game? Or even a Lakers one?

Also, just as a gauge, how much would a fast food lunch cost? Typically here in Australia, you're paying about $13 for a burger, chips and soda.
Then again, how much would a more decent lunch cost me? Somewhere to sit down, have some pasta, Chinese, etc? Essentially plated food.
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