If you are driving, take 99 to I-80 back and stop off at Kings Canyon National
Park and see the giant Sequoias (WoW) or Yosemite National Park. Both are
gorgeous and worth the side trip. On the way up to Kings Canyons, you can stop
by Cat Haven to see the rescued Big Cats they have there (like Cougars). If going to Yosemite, stop off in Oakhurst and enjoy some pizza at the
original Pizza Factory (the locals just call it "Danny's Pizza"
after the owner) or watch a melodrama at the Golden Chain theater. Or take a day and tour around Sacramento. There are a lot of historic sights
in the downtown area that relate to both the Gold Rush and the railroads, like
Sutter's Fort or Old Town Sacramento which contains a fantastic train
museum. My kids love that museum. You can also go on a gentle river rafting trip
down the American River there. It's a fun day in the sun (bring sunscreen).
Or forego L.A. and hit S.F. instead. Get a wharf pass and see lots of cool
things including a boat tour of the bay and a double decker bus tour of an
amazing city with a colorful past. If you have kids, be sure to take them to
Golden Gate Park while there. My kids love the playground and cement slide.
Also, the Exploratorium is a great interactive science "museum"
(doesn't quite fit).There is also the Monterey Peninsula:
golfing, shopping, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Park and a great
Yes, you can, but...why? I can think of about 2000 places I'd rather go
So the D-News is now doing ads disguised as real news?
Fantastic Article! I have wanted to take the family on an LA vacation for ages
now, but have been dissuaded by the typical horror stories that we are all more
than familiar with (eg. expensive, boring, people will randomly walk up to you
on the street and tell you that you are ugly). I KNEW there had to be more to
LA than Rodeo Drive and Disney Land. Sounds like there is endless culture to be
experienced and fun to be had! Can't wait to book my trip! THANK YOU Ms.
Sorry, but if I'm driving clear to California, I am gonna go see
Mickey!!(Although I do love San Francisco)
Yes, there are 100's of fun things to do in the Los Angeles area. But, be
prepared. L.A. and Hollywood are great at putting a smiley face on a mess. Gas
is up 15 cents this week at 4.20 a gallon. L.A. freeways are, well L.A.
freeways. Each off ramp has 1 or 2 people standing around for a handout as do
many of those service stations you'll stop at. The sight of trash all over
the roads and filthy bridges and overpasses will give you pause as will the
graffiti. Make sure your license, registration and insurance is up to date
because if you are pulled over your looking at a required 30 day impound and a
long walk home with thousands of dollars in charges for the privilage of driving
here. Oh, don't forget to have your seat belt on. If your caught with it
off your looking at 500 dollars in fines. Hurry to Hollywood walk on the stars
then run. You will run into panhandlers, and others to make the visit less
pleasant. It's L.A. what can you expect from a mismanaged city. Go to San