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Old 09-28-2017, 03:17 AM   #31
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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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Old 09-28-2017, 03:37 AM   #32
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ask draz bro

I'd PM, but you know lol.

Whats it like in LA?
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:51 AM   #33
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I'd PM, but you know lol.

Whats it like in LA?
i meant ask draz about NY. he lives there and is super cool, not biased.
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:20 AM   #34
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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.
Fastfood, you wouldn't spend more than ~$7. Not really sure though.

Typical restaurants vary. You can spend anywhere from ~$15 for a meal (single entree) to hundreds of dollars (multi course).

I keep forgetting the names of bars in NY as I never usually go to the same one twice (unless I really like that place), but some of the ones I like are: Rooftop Refinery, Apotheke, 230 Fifth, Dead Rabbit, Beauty and Essex, and Brandy Library. Bars and restaurants are endless in NY. If you get a chance, try Khe-Yo and Marea. The second one is a Michelin starred restaurant. Bleecker Street and MacDougal Streets are pretty fun.

You can walk around in NY, but the Subway is there and you could use Uber as well.

Have a fun trip.
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Old 09-28-2017, 05:49 AM   #35
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Yosemite is so damn amazing, a flyfishing heaven if you are into that.

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:01 AM   #36
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I'd PM, but you know lol.

Whats it like in LA?

In the city, LA can get colder than you would ever plan for at night. You should be okay packing for NY weather too. If you need a break from the touristy stuff in Hollywood, there's a used book store on Sunset to get a change of pace. (http://www.booksoup.com/ ) Do you want that Roscoe's experience? Go on a Sunday. (http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com/)
I don't know how much mexican culture makes its way to Austrailia, you could try horchata (rice drink) or the agua fresca (punch looking thing with sliced fruit floating and marinating inside. You'll recognize this one by the big tub and how it's ladled into a cup for serving. Many varieties aka colors ) This isn't fine dining btw. Hole in the wall burrito shops are just as safe to eat at as fast food chains. Try corn with mayonaise if you find it on the street. It sounds awful, but it's delicious to me. I don't go to long beach very much, but I've always felt like driving over the Vincent Thomas Bridge was one of the coolest things in LA.

That T-Mobile arena in Vegas is really the best place I've ever been to watch anything live. If there's a sports event or concert you're even remotely interested in, I'd make time for it. Small, intimate setting that really captures what gets lost in those huge arenas like Staples. There was a pizza place I tried inside near the back of Aria casino. I'm not sophisticated by any means, but it was cool trying this fancy stuff. I liked it too. Sit at the bar though. They won't serve you by the slice at a table.

That's all I got. Hope some of it helps you, and you have a blast man!
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:35 AM   #37
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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.
so edgy.


you must be fun at parties.
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Old 09-29-2017, 03:26 AM   #38
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So I have a bit of family in New Jersey, just 30 minutes from Manhattan that I'll be visiting for the day as well. Anything to possibly see on the other side of the river?
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:05 AM   #39
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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.
There's so many amazing things to see in the US that I find the continuing popularity of these places quite bizarre--is it ignorance or simply conformism ("everyone goes here so I better as well!" "I saw the Hollywood sign FOR REALZ!")? I suppose a wander around downtown LA at night can be quite interesting in its own way .

Santa Barbara is a good compromise, because it is still somewhat touristy, but it's actually nice to be in, unlike LA or NY--the latter of which is an incredible waste of money, in almost every respect.

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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.


Why a person would rather spend days sitting in traffic on LA roads instead of going here is beyond me. LA seriously just sucks; if you want to sit in a car all day then at least go up the pacific coast highway or something.

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Jesus, could you be more boring?



Cheers.

Would it be too difficult to walk around everywhere? More so, is it worth it seeing the sights along the way to the major places we want to go to?
You're the one that's going to be bored when you get to LA. Going half way around the world and focusing on those places is like going to Australia and spending all your time on Bondi beach, the opera house, and the MCG. Just because you're a tourist doesn't mean you have to conform to an idiotic cliche and waste your money on places that people largely only visit because they feel that that's what they're supposed to do; I personally can't think of much more "boring" than copying everyone else, but whatever--it's your monies and your time.

And yeah, you can't walk around LA hardly at all man--sitting in traffic is a moral requirement in that place.

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so edgy.


you must be fun at parties.
Why do grown up children like yourself think that someone not liking the moronic shit they like means they're trying to be "edgy" or some other nonsense? This is barely even a minority opinion, yet you still can't seem to wrap your child-like mind around it--lots of people hate these places and look to avoid rather than visit them. The fact you're older than 25 (I assume) and still talking about "fun at parties" like a teenager is both pathetic and sad. You're like those walking embarrassments who show up to Rolling Stones concerts in their 60s. A literal refusal to grow up--what are you so afraid of?
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:51 AM   #40
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So I have a bit of family in New Jersey, just 30 minutes from Manhattan that I'll be visiting for the day as well. Anything to possibly see on the other side of the river?
Nope. Nothing much to see here, especially when there's NY on the other side of the river.

Where in NJ?
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:58 AM   #41
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downtown vegas is nice, a lot more humbling than the strip...more price friendly too. would def recommend checking there out along with the strip
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:49 AM   #42
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Default Re: Travel guides - New York/Los Angeles

Hey guys, thanks for all the help so far. Just doing some last minute planning.

Buying NBA tickets... I'm lucky enough to be in NY when my Heat play. Looking like $100 a ticket for some pretty average seats. Where would be the best place to buy, and is there any specials for buying 4 tickets or anything like that?

Or better yet, would it be better to take a train to Philly and watch them play Orlando? Get some great seats for about $70, and get to watch the Aussie Simmons play.
Easy enough getting to Philly by train? Do trains run late, and is it easy to get back? Anything else to do in Philly besides catch the game? Could make a day out of it.

Thanks guys.

Also as far as fast food goes, we don't really have anything great, or much variety in Australia. What would be the best spots to hit up while we are over? The GF and I don't really eat fast food at all, so anything would be better than what we have over here.
Five guys, In and Out, Chick-fil-a, Carl Jr, Shake Shack... Anything else I'm missing that is a must try?
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:45 AM   #43
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Hey guys, thanks for all the help so far. Just doing some last minute planning.

Buying NBA tickets... I'm lucky enough to be in NY when my Heat play. Looking like $100 a ticket for some pretty average seats. Where would be the best place to buy, and is there any specials for buying 4 tickets or anything like that?

Or better yet, would it be better to take a train to Philly and watch them play Orlando? Get some great seats for about $70, and get to watch the Aussie Simmons play.
Easy enough getting to Philly by train? Do trains run late, and is it easy to get back? Anything else to do in Philly besides catch the game? Could make a day out of it.

Thanks guys.

Also as far as fast food goes, we don't really have anything great, or much variety in Australia. What would be the best spots to hit up while we are over? The GF and I don't really eat fast food at all, so anything would be better than what we have over here.
Five guys, In and Out, Chick-fil-a, Carl Jr, Shake Shack... Anything else I'm missing that is a must try?
1. Trains from NY Penn to Philly should be around 2 and a half to 3 hours. Not sure. Haven't been in a while. Check njtransit.com for the schedule.

2. Philly is decent, but I'd rather stay in NY if I had to choose between the two places. However, since you're getting good seats, you could do Philly. You can go see the Liberty Bell, the steps which Rocky ran up, Independence Hall, etc.. It really depends on what you want to do though.

3. As far as fast-food, go to Shake Shack. There are literally tens of thousands of restaurants in NY though. Just walk into any place. A quick meal shouldn't take you more than 45 minutes. There are tons of pizza places in NY. If you get a chance, go to the Halal guys near the Hilton in midtown. Katz deli is pretty good as well. But yeah, for food, if you aren't looks for fancy places, just go with the flow.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:49 AM   #44
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Use yelp for food places.

Search "food" "mexican" "pizza" etc.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:10 AM   #45
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Hey guys, thanks for all the help so far. Just doing some last minute planning.

Buying NBA tickets... I'm lucky enough to be in NY when my Heat play. Looking like $100 a ticket for some pretty average seats. Where would be the best place to buy, and is there any specials for buying 4 tickets or anything like that?


I used www.stubhub.com for NBA tickets. Have used them a few times. They were cheaper than anywhere else I found. That was my experience anyway. Worth a look. Their reviews are shit from memory, but I have nothing bad to say about them. Hope it helps
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