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Old 11-23-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I recently moved to LA from Boston. Don't know anyone in the area so I was thinking about taking some day trips or overnight trips for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions on trips that are within 2.5 hours or less by bus or train? Since I won't have a car a place that you can walk or take public transit would be great. Thanks!
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Hi everyone,

I recently moved to LA from Boston. Don't know anyone in the area so I was thinking about taking some day trips or overnight trips for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions on trips that are within 2.5 hours or less by bus or train? Since I won't have a car a place that you can walk or take public transit would be great. Thanks!
Hey I just moved back to CA from Boston a few years ago... In LA it is a little tougher than Boston to get to the attractions outside the city without a car. Are you looking to go somewhere beach-y? I think you can take Amtrak to SB or Ventura or down into Orange County.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Hi everyone,

I recently moved to LA from Boston. Don't know anyone in the area so I was thinking about taking some day trips or overnight trips for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions on trips that are within 2.5 hours or less by bus or train? Since I won't have a car a place that you can walk or take public transit would be great. Thanks!
Taking the ferry out to Catalina Island is one of my favorite day trips (but you can stay overnight on the island if you wish). Ferries leave from Long Beach, San Pedro and maybe some place else. I think you can take a bike on the ferry which is all you need to get around Avalon and the island.

The Official Catalina Island Website
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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Santa Barbara.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Take a ride on the Amtrak Surfliner up or down the coast. Lots to see.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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For an overnight trip, hotel availability is a factor. Why the 2 1/2 hour limit, even for an overnight trip?? I second idea of Santa Barbara, though not sure how much you can see easily without a car. San Diego is easy to reach by train or bus and public transportation is decent there. Both SB and SD are just over 2 1/2 hrs. from Union Station by train. Either doable as a day or overnight trip, schedules permitting. Sierra Club may have hikes and they usually carpool (of course, have to get to the meeting place for carpooling). Catalina easily doable as a day trip, once you get to Long Beach or other port the boats use, though the ferries aren't cheap. You could check www.metro.net and see how far you can go using public transportation. Maybe a chance to explore places in the L.A. area you've never been. You say you don't have a car but don't say whether you drive. Could you rent a car? You mention walking. Where do you live?
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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You can get to San Clemente by Metrolink. I'd suggest the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena too, but they're closed Thanksgiving Day. How 'bout Vegas? (A little more that 2.5 hours, though.)

You also might find some fellow Bostoners at Sonny Mclean's Pub in Santa Monica.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Hi everyone,

I recently moved to LA from Boston. Don't know anyone in the area so I was thinking about taking some day trips or overnight trips for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions on trips that are within 2.5 hours or less by bus or train? Since I won't have a car a place that you can walk or take public transit would be great. Thanks!
Instead of a day trip, consider using that time to research the purchase of a car.

Since you are from boston, you might want to visit the Staples Center and view the statues of Magic, Jerry West, and Chick Hearn.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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If you can swing a 2 day trip/weekend, take a drive up the coast to Carmel and stay in the town. You can stay one night in one of their many "inns" for about $80-90.

Its a beautiful drive and will take you through big sur and magnificant ocean/coastline views.

Note on the way back, traffic through Santa Barbara is pretty heavy due to frwy construction projects.
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