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Questions tagged [california]

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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Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only?

Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only? http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html indicates which Caltrain stations have parking (e.g. http://www.caltrain....
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How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain stations belong to Caltrain customers?

I read on http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html (mirror): Parking is available for Caltrain customers at most Caltrain stations. How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain ...
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Commuting between La Jolla and UCSD

I guess the most optimal way to commute between La Jolla (to be specific, say from La Jolla Village Lodge) and UCSD is bus 30. According to the MTS website, there are 3-day passes available (that ...
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Need help identifying a flag from La Jolla, California

I need help identifying the blue flag in this image, provided by Google Street View, centered on Gilman drive in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The flag appears to have a few yellow stars and a ...
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Best Time of the Day to Visit N Hollywood Blvd (Walk of Fame Stars)

We are visiting California and wanted to go to Hollywood and visit the walk of fame (star walk). Does anyone know what time of the day is the best to do this? Since it might be very busy and crowded.
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Is the Golden Gate Bridge toll fee indicated before entering the bridge?

I was traveling to San Francisco last weekend and went through the Golden Gate Bridge. I have just received an 8 USD toll invoice by mail (they use a plate reader). Is the toll fee indicated to the ...
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Driving in California with a foreign driver license [closed]

I've recently moved to California as a postdoctoral researcher. I'm here with the J-1 visa (exchange visitor program) which expires after one year. I'm planning to rent a car to visit California. So ...
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Do Californians need a REAL ID by October 2018 or 2020?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles says: There is no need to rush into a DMV field office. Until October 1, 2020, a valid California driver license or ID card can be used for federal ...
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California Travel for five people [closed]

Hi my family and I have never been to California and we would just like to take roughly 10 days to visit some places. We have found an agency that organizes trip along the coast from San fransisco to ...
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Realistic time to get to and from LAX?

I suppose this is something of a two part question. Let me start by saying I am very familiar with airports, so I am aware of the general time to de-plane, go get your luggage, leave the terminal, ...
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Where can a person rent a motorcycle in Palo Alto or Mountain View (California, USA)?

It's all in the question, I am looking for places where I can rent a bike, in Palo Alto or Mountain View. And whether I have to bring my own gear or I can rent a helmet as well.
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Driving license for electric bikes in California?

Do I need a driving license for an electric bike in California?
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What do two fingers up mean on roads in California?

European driving in California here, some guy passed us on the right side on route 50 between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe (two lanes each way) and was very intently showing us this sign. What does it ...
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Flying with recreational cannabis oil in California?

Can I bring a vape pen containing a cannabis oil cartridge in my carry-on bag on a flight within (departing & arriving) California? I don't have a medical card. I realize that it is very likely ...
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Using a foreign driver's license in California when staying with a J-1 visa

I'm planning to attend a Californian university as a visiting scholar (not paid by the university) on a J-1 visa, for a total of four weeks; a colleague of mine will do the same, but for 12 weeks. I'...
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Hostel booking date

I arrive in San Francisco at 10.30 pm. Should I book a hostel on that night itself or the day after which is 12 am onwards? I'm pretty confused because when I proceed to the payment page, one of the ...
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How can I find people to walk/hike with in the USA when travelling alone?

In the UK, walkers' rights organisation The Ramblers runs hundreds of organised walks and hikes all over the country every week that anyone can join for free (for their first couple of tries, then ...
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Can I rent a car in California with an Australian provisional licence (under 25)? [duplicate]

My partner and I are travelling to California next year and we're both under 25 with provisional driver's licences. This means we've been driving independently for less than 4 years and can't drink ...
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Crossing the Mexican/US border with USA tourist visa

I just got a USA tourist visa and I'm going to Mexico soon. I would like to know if I can cross the border to go to the USA (California), knowing that I have stated in my DS-160 form that I intended ...
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Why are there California border crossing checkpoints that don't seem to do anything?

Why are drivers stopped at the border going into California? Picture courtesy reviewjournal.com via Google. There is a border checkpoint on the Interstate 40 freeway that stops drivers going from ...
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Do I need an International Driving Permit to drive in California?

Do I need an International Driving Permit to drive in the US? I have read that it depends on state to state. Suppose, for instance, that I need to rent a car in California. I have a valid Italian (or ...
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What are the name and purpose of this domed building in Los Angeles?

The building with 3 domes in the foreground on a hill top. The city in the background is Los Angeles.
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In California, is it always legal to drive with your car headlight on?

Obviously, in certain cases, California law requires you turn your car headlights on. But when it isn't required, is it nevertheless legal to keep them on, or are there situations when it is illegal ...
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Question on minimum age for rental cars in USA

I am going to San Francisco on study trip around April. We have the possibility to stay longer in the USA. We only need to get to Los Angeles. So we looked for a rental car because we would like to ...
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How can I exchange a set of coins with different currencies into USD or gift cards in the US? [duplicate]

I have a stack of coins that have different currencies. Where can I conveniently convert them into USD or (less preferable) gift cards? Ideally, I would like 1) not to have to sort them 2) avoid fees ...
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Can i legally drive in the US with a photocopy of my Indian Driving License and an IDP?

I will be travelling to the US for a vacation. I would like to rent a car for driving there but I have recently lost the original card license that I own. I have a scanned copy of my licence though. ...
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Is California a year-round destination? [closed]

I'm thinking of taking three weeks to visit California and I'm hoping to catch some sun (I live in Scotland - sun on holiday is a must!). If I choose to visit California at the end of January, ...
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Which parts of Highway 1 are closed at the moment and how to drive around them?

I am going to visit California next month and want to drive down Highway 1 from Santa Cruz to San Diego. There was a mudslide 2 months back and they said that sections of Highway 1 will be closed for ...
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Cheapest way to get to Westminster from Downtown LA?

I'd like some suggestions on how to cheaply get from Downtown LA (around the Financial District, Union station...area) to Westminster in OC, CA (specifically the Little Saigon Market area there) ...
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How can a foreign tourist get auto insurance in California USA?

An adult family member is visiting California, USA from India, for about 3 months. He wants to drive my CA registered car in CA. I already have auto insurance for myself and this car. How can I get ...
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Driving a borrowed Car in the USA as a German Citizen [duplicate]

A friend of mine and I are planning a visit to the USA this July, where my parents now live. We are planning on making a road trip through parts of the USA (mainly California, but also Nevada and ...
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Suggestion for routes from California to Italy? [closed]

I noticed there are no direct flights from USA west coast to Italy. All have connections, but all the routes still end up on Italy's international airports. But mostly because I am searching for ...
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How to deal with the case of being out of state (for months) when driver's license expires?

I will drive to California and spend the whole summer (May 20---Aug.20) there and then go back to Indiana. Unfortunately, my driver's license (Indiana) will expire on July 14 before I return. I can't ...
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This roadtrip through California and National Parks possible? [closed]

I'm from europe and I want to do a roudtrip thorugh California and national parks which are closeby. I know, that every national park and every bigger city has it's own "vibe". But to take the most ...
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Caught speeding 111 Mph (179 km/h) in California. How can I settle the case with the court?

I was driving to Los Angeles from the Bay area, and was on a wonderful, straight road with no cars in sight. For whatever reason (doesn't matter) I was briefly speeding around 111mph (179 km/h), and ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Los Angeles (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

I will be travelling to L.A. soon and I am wondering which areas should be avoided to stay safe. Are there official no go zones? Do you maybe know of any maps?
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Getting around in California [closed]

We are a group of up to 8 people traveling to San Jose in first week of February. We are planning to travel to following locations - San Fransisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles and Las Vegas over 10 days. ...
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Is it viable to drive a RV around California in winter?

I am planning a 10/11-day family trip in an RV this coming January (yes, winter!). Since we are a small team of four people, we are looking at the smallest RV possible, such as this one. So far my ...
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Can I drive with a European driver's license in California?

I am planning to visit California for a month on a tourist visa. I have a European driver's licence and I would like to rent a car when I get to California. Will I be able to rent a car with my ...
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Lake Tahoe or Yosemite in Jan? [closed]

My parents and grandma are visiting the US in the coming January. I've planned around 10 days in California: 2.5 days in San Fransisco, 2.5 days in Los Angeles, and the rest 5 days along the famous ...
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Traveling between California and Casper, WY

I am traveling from San Diego to Casper, WY for Thanksgiving and am a little worried about the weather. Are there any roads I should avoid or take extra precaution with when traveling through Utah and ...
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Documents required at US Border patrol checkpoint?

Someone I know (Finnish national) was robbed of her passport in San Diego this evening and needs to go by bus to Los Angeles tomorrow (i.e. today in Europe). She is in WT status, and holds an ...
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Drive or campervan on the Californian coast? [closed]

My Fiance and myself will be visiting California for 3 weeks in July 2017 for our honeymoon. We will be driving down the coast from San Francisco to San Diego in 2-3 weeks. Would you hire a ...
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San Francisco Airport - The plan

I am taking BART to the airport this Saturday, where I fly with Air France to Paris, at 16:00, thus I will have to pass immigration. I was thinking to weigh my luggage before going to counters, but ...
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Measuring my options to reach the SF airport

One of the hardest things for me, when in a new country, is to understand how public transportation works and if the taxis are worth it (i.e. whether the higher price you pay is not that much, given ...
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Traffic ticket for violating Seat belt law [closed]

I received my first ticket (27360 A) yesterday for not buckling my child to car seat in California. I'm a Texas resident. Can I be given first offense fine reduction?
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Airbnb housing gone electrifyingly bad

I am staying at a place booked via Airbnb. Something happened and there is no electricity from Friday! The house-owner has provided a super noisy generator, which is inconsistent, meaning that it "...
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Alcatraz from shore?

Will I be able to see anything recognizable on Alcatraz from shore? Like from Pier 39 in San Francisco.
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Good places to bird watch around San Diego

What are good locations for bird watching in the San Diego area?
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Fridge magnets in San Francisco!

From every destination, I buy a magnet (you know the ones we put in the fridge) that is strongly connected to that destination. Now for a guy that has been to several Greek Islands, (and not only), ...