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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 online?)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...