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Old 09-25-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I just want to know which of the two you think is more "can't miss out on," Southern California(LA, OC) or the New York City area. If you could only go to one in your lifetime, which one would you go to??
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I just want to know which of the two you think is more "can't miss out on," Southern California(LA, OC) or the New York City area. If you could only go to one in your lifetime, which one would you go to??
Definitely New York City; Too many must see American Icons; Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, the list is nearly endless. The skyline is huge and it is our nation's primate city after all.

Southern California has Hollywood and other entertainment icons....but these pale in comparison to New York City. IMHO.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Southern California. I bet I'll catch flak for this, but if you wanted to get a similar feel to New York, you could go to other bustling, urban, vastly multicultural "world" cities like London, Toronto, or Sao Paulo, even Tokyo (minus the multicultural part).

Los Angeles has a certain vibe to it that just cannot be closely replicated. It's a more unique experience in the context of the world, in my opinion, between the climate, the majority English-speaking Latino population, the very image-oriented and materialistic culture, the density of the Greater LA area beyond LA proper, the mountains, the smog... It's like a multicultural Latin American city that is English-speaking and extravagantly first world with ostentatious consumerism and huge freeways to everywhere.

LA is by far not my favorite place, but if I had to pick between the two for a once-in-a-lifetime visit, I'd pick LA over NYC. Where I'd rather live? Probably New York.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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I'm going with NYC. I was there just last year and it took my breathe away. Quite the experience I hope to have someday again, perhaps I will be able to stay a few days rather than just drive through it.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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NYC (from someone who has been spent time in NYC and Southern California) is the place to visit for a once in lifetime opportunity/visit as it is unique much more so than Southern California.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Seen both, and wouldn't live in either for any amount of money; but for a once in a lifetime trip it would have to be NYC hands down. Southern California is beautiful, but it doesn't have Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, The memories and tributes to the towers, the UN, and a multitude of places that are thought of when the US is mentioned.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Definitely New York City.

If you had to choose between New York state and the entire state of California, that would be a different story.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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NYC, duh.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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SoCal is 55,000 square miles. It would take a very long time to get to know all that.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Also having been to both: NYC hands down.
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