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Old 04-19-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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+1 Exactly. Also, Meridian Hill Park aka Malcolm X Park in Adams Morgan is also another great place to chill and a nice respite from DC's fast-pacedness. And of course, some of the community-related activities that takes place there There's also a visit to the lovely Oceanside towns and villages over on the Eastern Shore here in Maryland and gorgeous Assateague Island with its splendid wild beaches and the only-in-Maryland rare wild ponies!
C'mon now...Assateague Island is 2.5 hours away if you don't get stuck in terrible traffic on that bridge over the Bay. If we're including places 2.5 hours from LA, I could throw these in:

Joshua Tree National Park
Sequoia National Park
Mojave National Preserve
Indian Canyon
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I meant that it's the exception compared to most parks in the US. When that other person said that DC was "no slouch", he was saying that the options there would be acceptable for most (that is what that phrase implies, in case you weren't aware). Your average person certainly isn't complaining about the lack of mountains alongside their favorite jogging trail.

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Sorry but its not even close. And I'm speaking from experience: I've lived in both places: DC for 6 years and LA for 5 so far.
You have nothing to apologize for, as neither I or anyone else here suggested that it was close.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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^^^I've been meaning to go hiking. Some of these spots I haven't been to before, so thanks for the heads up! Gotta do some hiking, camping, beach days/bon fire days this summer.... God I Love LA.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:48 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the help so far. It seems like there is a lot of love for LA. Although I don't believe in saving(a really complicated equation based on inflation) I would be able to save 40k+ in Dallas vs 25k in DC and LA. The tax structure in CA in also very concerning for me. I don't want to give up 50% of my income and live in a area where any house with a big yard would cost 2 mil+. Its amazing aside from that. My perfect nightlife would be weekend centered, sports bar Sundays, rooftop/lounge Saturday night, and nice restaurant w/ a good bar Fridays. Hiking golf and basketball are my 3 favorite activities.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:35 PM
 
Location: O4W
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DC.

Good nightlife scene plus you are close to Nyc.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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^^^I've been meaning to go hiking. Some of these spots I haven't been to before, so thanks for the heads up! Gotta do some hiking, camping, beach days/bon fire days this summer.... God I Love LA.
We try to pick a new place to hike at least a couple times a month. This is where we went this past Sunday- Vasquez Rocks:









It was a little further out- 45 minute drive from Downtown LA, but seeing the rock formations was well worth it. Apparently they filmed a ton of Star Trek episodes and other science fiction there - its a good stand-in for another planet.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My perfect nightlife would be weekend centered, sports bar Sundays, rooftop/lounge Saturday night, and nice restaurant w/ a good bar Fridays. Hiking golf and basketball are my 3 favorite activities.
On that note, I would go to Dallas. Call it a hunch.

And one last note - it is oft remarked that DC is Hollywood for ugly people. Having lived several years in both........ I agree.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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We try to pick a new place to hike at least a couple times a month. This is where we went this past Sunday- Vasquez Rocks:









It was a little further out- 45 minute drive from Downtown LA, but seeing the rock formations was well worth it. Apparently they filmed a ton of Star Trek episodes and other science fiction there - its a good stand-in for another planet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp2FYK5ybB8

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Old 04-22-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Haha YES!!
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:14 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Nice pics... Don't forget about Kenneth Hahn Park. Easily the most underrated park in Los Angeles. Great hiking trails with views of DTLA on one side and the ocean on the other. It's about 15 min from my place in Mid-City so I go there often.
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