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Old 04-15-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: York, SC
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We will be in the LA area (staying in Van Nuys) for 3 days at the end of the month.
Never been to Southern California before...

What should I NOT miss??

TIA
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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some suggestions... Universal Studios/Citiwalk, Hollywood Blvd@Vine for a good view of the Hollywood sign and the ave of the stars, Santa Monica Third St. Promenade, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Griffith Park and Observatory, La Brea Tar Pits (the adjacent museum is awesome!), Getty center, ride to downtown LA (catch the Metro from Universal Studios directly to Union Station) you can walk to Olvera St., Garment, Flower, Jewellery district, Little Tokyo etc. from there - there is a walking tour guide (flyer) of downtown LA that is available at Union Station info booth. A nice museum in the Little Tokyo section of downtown LA is the Japanese American Museum if you're interested in that stuff.

You may not be able to do all in 3 days but can choose the sites that interest you.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Great suggestions and that is more than enough things to do in just three days. If you like movies, there are other studios you can visit (besides Universal's which I think is the easiest for a tourist) like Warner Brothers, Paramount, etc...

If you like nightlife then there is a lot along Sunset Blvd. as well and the Getty Center in the Brentwood neighborhood of L.A. is amazing as well.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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Van Nuys Los Angeles
15711 Roscoe Boulevard
Los Angeles

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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For me, the greatest amusement park, is renting a car and traversing the steep hills of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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My favorite thing to do in L.A. is to rent a convertible and drive up the coast to Malibu viewing the most beautiful ocean scenes I have ever seen. I am not a big amusement park guy but I do like Universal and the CityWalk area.
Visit the Farmers Market with its unique vendors, market and unique places to dine. Melrose Avenue has some weird shops that I love. Enjoy the California weather and the laid back people. I love L.A.!
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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If you have time (which you don't have a lot), you might consider a visit to Pasadena. It has a nice walkable downtown/old town area and you can explore the beautiful neighborhoods of craftsman style homes. Plus it has several Gold Line light rail stations for getting to via public transportation.


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