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Old 05-28-2012, 10:15 PM
 
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My fiancee and I recently started exploring the Los Angeles area even though we have lived here a while, and are having the best time!

I was wondering, for the locals, what are the best places you have found to visit?

Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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Can you be more specific about your interests? Hiking, museums, beaches, etc. Also, budget and transportation requirements would help.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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Can you be more specific about your interests? Hiking, museums, beaches, etc. Also, budget and transportation requirements would help.
I was actually vague intentionally. I was sort of hoping for people to give me some idea on what their favorites have been, as we are pretty open to just about anything. Although I draw the line at skydiving as I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good plane.

We have done hiking, LACMA, the Huntington, a drive to the desert, Santa Monica Beach, Disneyland at Christmas, etc. We have a car so anywhere that is a "reasonable day" trip qualifies (leave in the am and reasonable to be home by 10-11 at night). And budget not really that much of an issue. Some trips have been expensive, others free.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Being too vague isn't really courteous to those coming up with ideas which may duplicate what you've done or be something you wouldn't do (or couldn't do with your mode of transportation, etc.). We also don't know your budget. Or where you live (big factor in the area). Some people who say they are open to "anything" really aren't (e.g., no amusement parks, or maybe no tours of stars homes or maybe no museums). There are literally thousands of possiblities-- enough to fill a book (in fact, that's been done). I assume you've been to both the Getty Center and Getty Villa (latter in Malibu; smaller than the Getty Center but quite interesting). And the Exposition Park museums. What about Gene Autry Museum of the West? Grifith Park? Channel Islands National Park (day trips by boat from Ventura and Oxnard)? Movie studio tours (thinking of Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, with Universal more theme park, I think)? San Fernando Mission? How about even downtown L.A., including Angels Flight, Bradbury Building, Olvera Street, Union Station, etc. (some residents haven't been to all these places)? Calico Ghost Town, out by Barstow, run by the Knott's Berry Farm folks?
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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Channel Islands is a great idea. Also hadn't thought of Angel's Flight, somehow. And Calico Ghost Town is also new to me, but could be great. Especially out by Barstow, as my fiancee really enjoys the trips to the desert.

Also, I have been to the Getty, but not the Getty Villa in Malibu. Somehow I also forgot about that one.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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My fiancee and I recently started exploring the Los Angeles area even though we have lived here a while, and are having the best time!

I was wondering, for the locals, what are the best places you have found to visit?

Thanks!
I like visiting various ethnic enclaves and trying different kinds of food. From previous posts:

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Lots of choices for ethnic food!!

Lets start with Japanese,Mitsuwa Market at 665 Paularino Ave in Costa Mesa. This place is awesome.

Mitsuwa

Garden Grove has a huge number of Korean restaurants,especially between Brookhurst and Beach on Garden Grove Blvd.

Westminster is Little Saigon.

Guide to Little Saigon, Orange County

If you head to Artesia there is fantastic Indian Food. This is my first stop when I am back in the area.

Artesia Indian Community Guide

If you are really adventurous you can try Cambodian food in Long Beach.

Cambodia Town, Long Beach

You can find authentic Chinese food in many areas of Southern CA,the most prominent is Monterey Park.

Southern California Chinatowns

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For nice places to walk around:

Belmont Shore in Long Beach.

Explore Belmont Shore

Belmont Brewing Company

Balboa Island and the Balboa Fun Zone.

Balboa Island Main Site

Balboa Fun Zone, Newport beach, California

Fullerton has a very small downtown.

Downtown Fullerton - Restaurants & Bars

For something different, Orange County and nearby parts of LA county have many very authentic ethnic enclaves. You can go to Koreatown in Garden Grove, Little Saigon in Westminster,Little Cambodia(Little Phnom Penh) in Long Beach,Little India in Artesia,Mitsuwa Marketplace & Japanese food court in Costa Mesa or stay in Irvine and get Chinatown style Chinese food at Sam Wo. I have eaten at more chain restaurants in San Francisco than I ever did in Orange County!

Welcome to Kaju Tofu Restaurant

Jinga

Asian Garden Mall

Vietnamese Fine Dining

Welcome to The India Restaurant

Cambodian Restaurant in Long Beach | Monorom Cambodian Restaurant

Mitsuwa Marketplace Costa Mesa

Sam Woo Irvine - Chinese Seafood
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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I like visiting various ethnic enclaves and trying different kinds of food. From previous posts:
Thanks for all the ideas and links. Cambodian interests me. Also, as each of the links send us to different areas, its perfect!
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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I know a place right in the middle of the city, quiet, open and isolated, but I'd like to keep it my own little secret; can't have all you people going over there and ruining it for me
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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Originally Posted by capoeira
For something different, Orange County and nearby parts of LA county have many very authentic ethnic enclaves. You can go to Koreatown in Garden Grove, Little Saigon in Westminster,Little Cambodia(Little Phnom Penh) in Long Beach,Little India in Artesia,Mitsuwa Marketplace & Japanese food court in Costa Mesa or stay in Irvine and get Chinatown style Chinese food at Sam Wo. I have eaten at more chain restaurants in San Francisco than I ever did in Orange County!

Sorry, but I find this a little off. Forget about the OC when it comes to Asian food, Vietnamese being the exception. Better Korean food and more authentic Koreatown is in K-Town in LA. Better and more varieties of Japanese food can be found in Little Tokyo, the Sawtelle area, and Torrance. And Chinese food in Irvine and Chinatown is very lacking and can't compared to San Gabriel Valley. That's where you have to explore for the best Chinese food and for more of an authentic Asian enclave. The Sam Woo in San Gabriel is far superior btw. I agree Little India in Artesia is cool.

As for a day trip idea, I suggest Joshua Tree if you guys haven't done that already.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: California
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As for a day trip idea, I suggest Joshua Tree if you guys haven't done that already.
That's actually one of them on my list. As I mentioned, my fiancee likes the desert stuff, so I think this would be a great trip for him. And I love the Joshua Tree's themselves, so I think it would be great.

Have you been there and if so, any tips on making it the best possible?
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