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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How can I know if I have to pay road tolls between Los Angeles and San Francisco?

I made a small road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco during the last 7 days. I only discovered today that there are tolls to pay on some roads, without any barrier to pay (we have to pay ...
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Is the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park toddler-friendly?

I'm planning to go to Joshua Tree National Park with my wife and 2.5 year-old daughter. I would really like to go to this Hidden Valley Nature Trail. It has great reviews all over the place, it's ...
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As a tourist, can I try firearms in California?

I will be traveling to the United States soon (with an ESTA application). I come from an European country where firearms are forbidden. (For regular citizens.) I would really like to try it when I'll ...
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Can you stretch a Coast Starlight ticket over multiple days?

In September myself and a friend will be travelling from LA up to San Francisco via train, stopping at San Luis Obispo (to see Pismo beach mainly) and later at Salinas (to travel to Monterey and ...
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Tax refund flying out of California?

I have an international flight from Los Angeles airport (LAX). I bought a laptop and tablet in the USA, and I wanted to know if I can get a tax refund. I know that the US doesn't have VAT, but I don't ...
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Visiting Yosemite in December - Will car rentals provide me with snow chains?

I will spend some time in San Francisco in December and want to take the opportunity to visit the Yosemite National Park over the weekend. However I have read that there might be the need for tire ...
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Where is the exact end of the speed limit zone for California roads/highways?

California Driver Handbook defines speed limit as "The maximum speed limit on most California highways is 65 mph. You may drive 70 mph where posted. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit is ...
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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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Received a letter from Toll Roads asking for Toll Due. Is that a scam?

Does anyone know anything about this? (I edited this so that whoever traveling to Orange County may find this useful) I received a letter from thetollroads.com asking for $6.25 fee. And it warned me ...
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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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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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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 ...
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3G prepaid SIM in San Diego [duplicate]

I am going to San Diego next week, traveling from Italy. I would like to know if there is any possibility of buying a low-cost prepaid SIM that allows me to navigate in 3G/4G via my phone (either ...
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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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Shortest route to Mariposa Grove's from Las Vegas

I'm in the process of refining my road trip itinerary. According to Google Maps it seems that if you want to get from Las Vegas to Sequoia National Park (to see the Mariposa groves) you have to travel ...
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Are camping fees in California per person or per spot?

The http://www.recreation.gov/ site nicely lists a lot (all?) camping sites in California. The prices are also listed, however, I can't seem to find if these prices are per camping spot per night, or ...
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Obtaining insulin in California as a foreign tourist

I plan to travel to California and stay more than one month. I'm an insulin-dependant Diabetic. I am able to bring enough insulin with me to last the entire duration of my visit, but the issue is I'd ...
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Is it dangerous to go to the USA as a Russian now?

I am a Russian student and I have been dreaming about visiting California and living in LA for a while, and I decided to take this trip on my summer break. I have already accumulated enough money for ...
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Traveling along the West Coast of the USA along U.S. 101 using public transportation

I am current living at Vancouver. I am aiming to cross the border next week and travel all the way to San Francisco along U.S. Route 101, which goes along the coast. Are there buses/coaches/trains or ...
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What's the actual speed limit on highways in California? [duplicate]

I am travelling in California this month with my car. I noticed that while the speed limit on highways is 65 MPH in most sections, people typically drive at 75-80 MPH. What's the actual speed limit on ...
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Renting a car from private persons in California

Is there an online service that connects local residents that are willing to rent out their car to people looking to rent a car? I'm familiar with such a system in The Netherlands (SnappCar), but was ...
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How can I get from Sausalito to Muir Woods on Friday?

I mean really, it's only eight miles. Here's our plan: Take a ferry from our hotel in SF to Sausalito on Friday, June 12. It can be any time on Friday, I don't really care. Get from Sausalito to ...
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What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?

I don't think I've ever understood this. I travel frequently across the State of California by car. And I often take the highway to get to many places. One thing I don't understand is how fast ...
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Is camping still permitted in Zzyzx?

As far as I can tell, the springs there closed in 1974, and I can't see any accommodation still active in what is now basically an abandoned town. Is it legal to free camp there still, now that it's ...
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Flying from California to Texas: do I need ESTA?

Me and My Mother currently reside in the USA, California My Mom came to the USA with B1/B2 visa and she is from Iran and it is not included in the countries of VWP and I am permanent resident of ...
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What publicly accessible tall buildings are good for views & photography in South Los angeles

I work in Carson CA and want to find all the best viewpoints in buildings or parks that I can get to in 30 minutes or so. What publicly accessible tall buildings are good for views & photography ...
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Places to visit in the Silicon Valley area [duplicate]

We're travelling from Norway to the US in january to attend CES 2015 in Las Vegas. We're staying a day or two in Silicon Valley and was therefore wondering what the top places to visit would be? We ...
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Can I, being under 21, hire a car in California? [duplicate]

I'll stay in the US next year for about three months. As I know I can't do much without a car I'd like to hire one. But most rentals are for people over 21 only and I'll only be 19 by then. Is ...
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How do I travel to the USA with my dog (from Europe)?

I'm moving from Germany to California with my dog. She's originally from the USA, but we've been in Germany for three years. What do I need to do to travel back to the USA with my dog (10 lbs ...
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Facebook datacenter location

Me and my father are headed to LA, Las Vegas and Silicon Valley 3-8 january, 2015 to attend CES in Las Vegas. We're travelling to Silicon Valley to explore it and see if we can see the big company ...
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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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Visiting software development companies in LA area/Silicon Valley [closed]

I'm a norwegian, headed for the 2015 CES show in Las Vegas in january. We're landing at LAX and we're renting a car. I'm VERY interested in software, hardware and everything that has to do with ...
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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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Travel times during peak hours in Los Angeles [closed]

Traffic patterns repeat themselves. I've tried getting driving directions with Google Maps, but it seems like they only provide the estimate with either no traffic being on the way, or with only the ...
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Dress code for tech business training in California [closed]

I am a male software engineer that works for a small technology firm. Next week (mid October) I will be heading to California (Bay area) to train on a software product we use in our company and to ...
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driving from LA to San Francisco

I will be travelling from L.A. to San Francisco in later February 2015. I will have my little boy 10 months old and my mother in law (65) with me. I was wondering, if someone can suggest some routes, ...
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Driving in the winter (Dec-Jan) from Ohio to California

Before Thanksgiving I am planning to drive from California to Ohio using Route 70 through Denver, for the sights. But I am returning back to California in January 2015 and was wondering if Route 80 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...