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Old 07-05-2009, 07:44 AM
Location: Palos Verdes
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Originally Posted by t0mmy View Post

So far I have found Amtrak services to be decent and Southwest Airlines to have pretty cheap travel. I probably won't consider bus for much of my trip as I intend to travel from CA to NJ, down to FL (NC stopover) and then back to CA (TX stopover). Given I'm there for three months I will be on a pretty tight budget.
Generally, I would advocate flying on any cross-continental travel. In your case, an AMTRAK trip across the US might not be a bad thing. Bear in mind, LA to NJ is about 1000 miles LONGER than the distance from London to Moscow, or about 500 miles longer than Sydney to Perth. If you have several months of unscheduled visiting, such a trip through the Western US will be visually spectacular and give you a taste of the diversity of the US many visitors often do not receive. Once you hit the Midwest or South, I can assure you, the train ride will become more a trial of endurance.

Avoid the bus unless heavy hallucinogens are involved.

Renting a car can be done quite cheaply in the US as well. Petrol is inexpensive. Best of luck on your ecclectic trip!
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:26 PM
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Originally Posted by t0mmy View Post
hey missionhome, thanks for all the tips! You seem to know LA like the back of your hand, I'm guessing you live there? lol.

How much is it to go to a college bowl game? I actually don't mind who is playing so long as it is a great atmosphere. Is it hard to get tickets? Also, are there any hostels located in Hollywood?
UCLA games are going to be around $18-$65 for the seats regular folks want. The very best seats are all reserved for the "student zone" and season tickets with are mainly taken up by alumni of the university. $18 would be at the very top for example, but you still will be able to get into the atmosphere of the game. For USC is a bit more expensive at $50 flat for a ticket, but also check stubhub.com for good deals. Tickets aren't hard to come buy usually unless you are buying for the huge UCLA vs. USC cross town rival game.

Home games for UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena are:
September 5 vs. San Diego State
September 19 vs. Kansas State
October 10 vs. Oregon
October 17 vs. Berkeley
November 7 vs. Washington
November 21 vs. Arizona State

Home games for USC at the Coliseum near downtown are:
September 5 vs. San Jose State
September 26 vs. Washington
October 24 vs. Oregon
November 14 vs. Stanford
November 28 vs. UCLA (huge cross town rival game)
December 5 vs. Arizona

Buy UCLA tickets here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/pa...=uclaathletics

Buy Trojan tickets here:

Some hostels you might want to look into:

USA Hostels-Hollywood: One of the nicer hostels and more popular ones, although depending on the crowd, it can be a big party atmosphere. For some that means a total blast, other it means hell. They have a shuttle from LAX to the hostel if you stay at least two nights and a shuttle to Santa Monica and Venice Beach. It is located midway between the Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Vine Metro Subway stations.

Banana Bungalow Hostel Hollywood: Less central location at a more quiet end Hollywood Blvd near the 101 freeway, but you can still walk to almost everything or catch a metro bus out front. The Hollywood/Vine Metro subway station is 4 blocks west and the Hollywood/Western Metro subway station is five blocks east. Has a tropical theme.

Orange Drive Manor Hostel: Located behind the Kodak Theatre and walking distance to SO much in Hollywood. Just one block from famous Hollywood/Highland intersection at the subway station there. Less crazy atmosphere at the hostel.

Hollywood and Highland Hotel and Hostel: Not as clean and in an older building, but right on the Hollywood Blvd. strip and walking distance again to everything you want out of Hollywood.

Hope that helps
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:49 PM
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For local travel within the same area, usually buses are cheaper than trains. (Greyhound buses are cheaper than Amtrak trains.) But for longer distances trains are good and for cross country flying is the best. If you visit NYC, then use the subway there as it is the faster and cheapest way to get around.
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