California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state with almost 38 million inhabitants, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas).

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Where can I get alerts for earthquakes in California?

Similar to how you can simply check the weather forecast to get a good sense of upcoming weather, is there a tool I can use online to alert me of an impending earthquake? I am travelling in ...
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Finding public beds or large sofa/couch outdoors chillout areas in California, where you can lie down with your feet on [closed]

How do you find out what establishments (cafes, restaurants, lounges) in the US have public (or customer-accessible) outdoor furniture that allows a traveler to completely lie down, with their feet on ...
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Italian consulate Schengen visa time

We are planning for a trip to Italy in September. I checked the Italian consulate in San Francisco for visa appointment, but the available dates are in August. Would that be a good option to wait till ...
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Does Solvang, CA have Dutch roots?

I am Dutch and currently studying abroad in California. I heard several people (first in real life, and after I googled it, I saw some people online doing the same thing) refer to a Dutch town in ...
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Coast Starlight delays

I'll be taking the Coast Starlight tomorrow from Los Angeles to San Jose. The train is supposed to arrive at 8:11pm at San Jose, but I have heard that the train is frequently (very?) late. Is there ...
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Day trip to San Francisco from South Bay - what is the most efficient transport option?

The two of us are thinking of making a day trip to SF (in a weekend), visiting touristy places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc. we live in South Bay, and I have a car. The ...
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Flying with someone else's children

I am looking to take two of my nephews (12 and 10) on their first flight. The flight will be about 1 hour long and will stay within the state. Do I need some kind of written consent from their ...
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What are the residence requirements to use a foreign driving licence in California?

On the back of Driving license in California, and as per California's DMV on International Driving Permits: California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued by a foreign ...
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Where is Steinbeck's “Salinas Valley”?

I live in the South-Eastern US and am planning a long road trip out West. One of the things I've always wanted to experience for myself is the beautiful Salinas Valley which Steinbeck describes so ...
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How difficult is it to catch a taxi in Napa, California?

I would like to know if it easy/possible to get a taxi cab in Napa, California. A quick internet search brings up Yellow Cab of Napa Valley. But I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with ...
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Are petrol prices in a USA state the same in every Petrol Station?

I'm wondering how petrol price works in USA in general, specifically in California. Do prices remain the same regardless of where the Petrol Station is located? Are prices fixed for every fuel ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

I will be visiting California and some parts of the US West Coast in the coming September. I'd like to rent a car for travelling, and to reduce travel expenses I would like to sleep in it some nights. ...
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CA DMV: What happens once my temporary license expires? [closed]

I have a valid Indian Driving License. I went to the DMV and gave the written and they gave me a 60 day temporary license and asked me to give the behind the wheel driving test before it expires. ...
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San Francisco: Getting from Union Square to Hawk hill

What are the possibilities to go from Union Square to Hawk Hill (the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge) excluding by foot/bicycle? Factors I am interested in are the time it takes to get there, a ...
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Simple, safe beach towns in southern California with at least a supermarket in walking distance?

This might sound like a weird(ly specific) request. (Details edited out; see edit history if curious.) I need to move as soon as possible to somewhere in California, preferably southern California, ...
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Which are the most significant non tourist natural attractions in the State of California? [closed]

My husband and I are visiting California in October and we are planning a road trip from LA to San Francisco, Las Vegas and back. We have only 12 days for all that, but we are most interested in ...
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Travelling teenagers in the USA

Me and my friend are planning to visit the USA next year, to celibrate our high school graduation (we'll both be 18 years old by then). I have family living in California (San Francisco) so we plan on ...
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Is cheek kissing common in the US?

I am French and I was told American people usually just say hi, shake hands or sometimes hug if they know well each others. I have been living in California for the last few months and I noticed that ...
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What are the musts for a trip to San Francisco? [closed]

A friend of mine and myself will be in San Francisco this summer. It is our first time traveling to the US and we want to make sure we can make the best out of it. We are especially interested in the ...
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Free parking in downtown San Jose, CA? [closed]

What's the situation with parking in downtown San Jose, CA? Can I park for free anywhere for short times in the daytime? Or for a long time in the evenings?
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Is there a taxi service in Bishop, California?

I'm looking for a taxi service in Bishop, California. Yellow Pages lists Eastern Sierra Transit under taxi services, but this is a bus company and they do not mention a taxi service on their website. ...
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Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?

I planned to drive through Death Valley with a rental car during end of May or beginning of June. Now a friend of mine told me that this is a little bit dangerous, and that a lot of rental companies ...
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How to send baggage from US to Australia?

We are planning a trip to Australia. We are going to spend some months there and we would like to take with us more than the current baggage limit. One option would be carrying in the plane just what ...
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With car rental should I pay now or pay later?

I'm just checking some car rental options for May and June in California. Avis for example offers the pay now and the pay later option. When you chose pay now, you have to pay the full amount while ...
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Are hotels in California fully booked during summer or is it easy to get a hotel room?

My family and I are going on a summer vacation to the west coast of USA (We are from Europe), but I was wondering if it is necessary to book all the hotels before we go, or if it is easy to get a ...
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Travelling overland to Mammoth Lakes, California on a weekend

I will travel to Mammoth Lakes early May. I would like to minimise my flying to as few legs as possible (for ecological and sightseeing reasons), so I will probably fly to one of the nearest three ...
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Cheap Airfare to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from California [closed]

About the cheapest I've found is from LA to Santo Domingo, $550 roundtrip from Priceline. Are there any smaller, 'specialty' airlines offering trips to Santo Domingo for cheap?
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Recommended sites around the San Diego convention center

I'll be in San Diego, CA (USA) for about 3 days next week and was wondering what are some of the recommended places to see in and around the San Diego convention center if I have maybe a day's time ...
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What is the minimum age to drive and to rent a car for a trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas?

I want to travel from SF to Las Vegas and spend 4 days in LA in the middle. Well I want to rent a car to do all the path, but the following question came to my mind: What is the minimum age to rent ...
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Cheap travel to Toronto from California

I'm coming from Sacramento/San Francisco and I'd like to travel to Toronto, and then back a week later. So far I've found round-trip flight tickets for $600. But a round-trip between SFO and BOS ...
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Channel Islands National Park - transport and accommodation

I recently noticed these islands off the coast of California on google maps, and was surprised as I've never noted them before. I'm wondering what methods there are to get there (I've found a day ...
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Car rental with no credit history

I do not have a credit card I'm under 25 but older than 21 I do not have a credit history I'm traveling to LGB airport and want to rent a car. They say there's no way to do that without a major ...
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Random camping along Central and South Californian coastline

I'm from the UK and I am planning on spending about 6 days driving from San Francisco down possibly as far as San Diego and then back up again. I'd love to stop at random beaches/interesting places ...
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Getting from Emeryville, CA to Mountain View, CA with significant luggage

Suppose that I am in Emeryville, CA, USA at 4-5 PM, having just stepped off the Amtrak California Zephyr train. How can I get to western Mountain View, CA with luggage including a large suitcase (28" ...
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Driving license in California

I am relocating to California from New Jersey and will be there for around 7 months. Do I have to surrender my NJ driving license and get a new one in CA?
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How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License in California?

How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License (in English) in California? I have tried to research this one, but there's conflicting information on the Internet. Some say 1 month, some say 3 ...
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Cheapest way from USA to Venezuela?

I live in California and I'm trying to find cheap ways to get to Venezuela. Roundtrip Plane tickets seem to hover around the $1500 area. I've found a route through Florida to Puerto Rico to ...
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Computer geek tourist attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley?

We're planning a family vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley, and one of the highlights I don't want to miss is the Computer History Museum. However, I didn't find that listed ...