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Some thoughts: That 29 miles sounds like it came from someone in PR—Google maps puts it at over 35 miles and 60-80 minutes with traffic. Back when I lived there, I'd have estimated that drive at about 90 minutes without traffic. Do you know what your schedule will be like during the trip? Unless you know you're going no further than a few blocks away from ...


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It depends on how you weight fast/cheap/comfortable and how far south you'd like to go. My suggestion would be to take the FlyAway bus to Union Station ($7, ~45 min), then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, which starts at $17 to Irvine (59 min) and $22 to San Clemente (88 min). The Pacific Surfliner is reliable and clean, and bypasses the 405 freeway's ...


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I wouldn't read too much into it. First and foremost, Solvang is a big tourist trap. This "Danish" town prominently features, for example, a store famous for its collection of German cuckoo clocks and a museum of mostly British motorcycles. You'll no doubt find Delft plates for sale there for the same reason you find T-shirt shops; it's a cheap souvenir, and ...


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There are a few things about California that are simply difficult concepts for people to get their heads around. It doesn't matter whether or not you've been to the US before; even if you've lived in the eastern US your whole life, you'll still get bit by these when visiting California. Here's two of them: Public transit You can generally get from one part ...


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Yep, that's the nature of SuperShuttle... it takes twice as long and drives you batty, but it does save some money. Do you really have to fly to LAX? There are two commercial airports closer than LAX to Anaheim -- John Wayne and Long Beach -- both of which are pleasant, quieter airports.


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They say it is a 2 hour drive, but in notorious LA traffic it will be more depending on the time of day. However it is very possible. I would recommend waking up early to drive out and you should make it in 2-3 hours. If you leave when the sun goes down you will make it back to LA in time to enjoy a good night's rest before your meeting. To be forward, snow ...


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Inyo Park is more than 4 hours from LA... in okay traffic. I would not say it is really a day trip. I used to live in Barstow (which is closer to it than LA) and it was quite a trip from there. As for other attractions, it depends on what you would like to do. There are the beaches, Santa Monica or Huntington being my favorite. The Getty center is a great ...


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I nearly closed this as what defines "quaint" is subjective and ambiguous, but I decided to give it a shot and include reviews from visitors who have described hotels there as "quaint". Result was two hotels, one being more likely than the other. The Georgian Hotel - 1415 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, is described as “Very Quaint hotel, Fabulous ...


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South Coast cities famous for surfing and great beaches: Malibu - you must check out the regional classic point break at the Malibu Lagoon. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Finding affordable accommodation is tricky, but the Calabasas Good Nite Inn seems about the best cost vs distance ...


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As it happened I did not go to Anaheim from LAX but to Carlsbad. However I have just taken the reverse trip. I booked a 5:05 shuttle from the Anaheim Hilton. We pulled out about 5:15 but proceeded to go back and forth from hotel to hotel and in fact drove past the Hilton for the last time about 6pm. We pulled onto airport property at 6:40, much to the ...


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Besides Big Bear, another good place to see snow, which is closer to central LA, is Mount Baldy. There is a ski area there. I'll also mention San Jacinto Peak, which is especially interesting because you can reach the mountain via aerial tram (from the Palm Springs side on the east). However I don't recommend this for those who are afraid of heights. ...


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There are a number of airport shuttle companies that handle transportation to and from the airport. They cost around $15 per person. Metro bus #992 The Flyer ($2.25) travels 10 minutes to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego, where you can connect to the Coaster commuter train, the Trolley, and Amtrak to get you anywhere else. Source


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Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle offer shared-ride vans between LAX and many cities around Los Angeles, including Irvine. The ride will probably take about an hour or so more than direct ride because of dropping people off in different parts of the city, though they usually do a good job of grouping people by location. I did a quick estimate for Super ...


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Los Angeles, being a major city, has many cultural highlights (as you define them). You will find a long list of museums on Wikipedia. I can particularly think of a few. The Getty Center, with a particularly interesting architecture and filled with art. The Museum of Contemporary Art, in downtown LA. And the LA County Museum of Art, a large US museum for ...


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The crowds in LA do not swing as wildly with the seasons as they do in, say, western Wyoming or the Caribbean. In part this is because it is a major metropolitan area (pop. 13-18 million depending on the definition), and so the tourist or special event population has a much smaller impact on the infrastructure than in places like Black Rock Desert or South ...


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You would probably take CA-1 from SF all the way down to Los Angeles. I'm not sure if you can just sleep on the beach, but there are towns with motels along the way. You can probably find a place to stay in Monterey, San Louis Obispo and Santa Barbara along the way. There are also camping sites in Big Sur. From Los Angeles to San Diego its all ...


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Just did it last night. Depends how many people are travelling for us it was 4 so we decided on a taxi. Bad idea it cost $110 from LAX to Anaheim, I should've taken the $18 pp in a shuttle. Hope that helps!



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