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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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Do Federal agents enforce state import regulations at airports?

Kangaroo products, including skin and meat, are banned in the state of California. However, there is no federal, US-wide prohibition on either. Customs inspectors at airports are usually employees of ...
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making multiple week long back to back reservations for a hotel with the intention of canceling all but one of them

The premiere hotel in Yosemite is the Ahwahnee Hotel and, if you want to stay there in the summer, you generally need to book it a year in advance. The premiere hike in Yosemite is Half Dome. The last ...
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do i need dinner reservations for the Ahwahnee if i'm staying there?

Quoting https://www.travelyosemite.com/dining/the-ahwahnee-dining-room/, "A waitlist is offered to non-hotel guests based upon availability". If it's offered to non-hotel guests then that ...
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Which EV roaming networks are important for rental EV travel in Washington, Oregon, and California?

I am going to rent an electric car in British Columbia, and take a brief road trip through Washington state (USA). Future trips might take me through Oregon and California. I do not own or use an ...
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Foreign driver gets a ticket in my car

A German friend came to visit in L.A. He used my car and ran a red light. After he left the US, I received a letter with a ticket and fine. If I give the traffic dept. his name and address will they ...
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California Covid-19 vaccination for non-resident non-citizen

Is it possible for a non-resident non-citizen to obtain a Covid-19 vaccination in California (June 2022)? If so how? I can see non-residents may not eligible for a free vaccination, but is possible to ...
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Which left turn light do I follow in this California intersection?

I have been travelling in California recently, and in a sorta-rural area I came across a confusing left-turn lane traffic light setup. It seems there is no left-turn light on the overhead pole ...
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Bringing my video game on an international flight

I read the questions on this website about video games but I'm still confused, it is my first time dealing with this kind of stuff. I live in Brazil and I'm planning to fly to California - Los angeles....
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Is this email for toll violations from CVM (Citations and Violations Management) a scam?

I got an email from CVM stating that I didn't pay a toll. I was told the bill was $106. When I logged onto their website there was an administrative fee attached to it of $50 making the total $156. ...
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Why must hotel customers check out after a stay longer than a rather low number of days in the United States?

I was reading the policies of two hotels, one in California and one in Seattle. I was surprised to read that hotel customers must check out after 13 days at the hotel in Seattle and 4 weeks at the ...
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Are LA Metro buses currently free?

So far I've only taken one bus but I didn't see any fareboxes or places to tap the Tap card. I asked the driver if I need to tap the card but I only got the hand gesture which I interpreted as "...
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Why are California freeway exits painted with disconnected shoulder lines?

On freeway exits on a recent road trip to California, I noticed the following paint markings: The paint marking for the exit seems to disconnect in two locations from the main shoulder paint line, as ...
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Can anyone identity this beach/overlook? (Pacific Coast Highway)

We watched the sunset here on August 5th 2009 and am struggling to find the location. I know it's between Hurricane Point and San Luis Obispo off the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Besides that ...
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How can I set up a covid test for re-entry into the USA from Italy?

Context I will be flying LAX -> FRA -> VCE at the end of this coming week, and then back again a few weeks later. My understanding from talking with another traveler is that I need to have a ...
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do you need to self quarantine if visiting san diego or los angeles?

Back in January visitors had to self quarantine for 14 days. Is that still the case? The Regional Stay at Home order cited in the last SE question on the subject was lifted on Jan 25. This would be a ...
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What does this street sign showing Japantown represent?

While driving in San Jose downtown in California, I saw the following street sign: What does this street sign showing Japantown represent? I understand that it is pointing to the nearby Japantown but ...
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Does the United States Department of State issue any US record clearance letter?

I am a French citizen, US permanent resident, California resident, and currently located in California, US. I am applying for a visa: the visa application requires a letter of verification stating ...
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Applying for a visa requiring a US record clearance letter: is it faster to get it from the California DOJ (Department of Justice) or the FBI?

I am a French citizen, US permanent resident, California resident and currently located in California, US. I am applying for some visa: the visa application requires a letter of verification stating ...
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How do the Express Lanes in California know how many occupants a car using the express lane contains?

In this answer by Zach Lipton, it is mentioned that the price of using the express lane in California depends (mirror) on the number of occupants that the vehicle contains: How do the Express Lanes ...
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Does the introduction of paid fast lane as replacement of the carpool lane increase or decrease the traffic speed? [closed]

I have noticed that on several (all?) highways in the Bay Area in California, US, carpool lanes are being replaced by paid fast lane (typically payable via FasTrak). This made me wonder: Does the ...
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Should I write anything in the "Type of License/Certification/Permit OR Working Title" field when requesting a record clearance for visa application?

I am a French citizen, US permanent resident, California resident and currently located in California, US. I am applying for some visa: the visa application requires a letter of verification stating ...
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Can I make a leisure trip to California (vacation) in the current covid-19 situation as of 2021, will my quarantine be monitored?

I am planning a vacation trip out of state from Boston, Massachusetts to California by air. I found a deal that will work around Presidents' Day but then there was this warning to check the California ...
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What is "Resort-style living", "No Mello Roos" and "direct access garage"? [closed]

I read this description of a (rather expensive) house for sale in California, USA: Resort-style living in Baker Ranch community with No Mello Roos. This turnkey The Rowe Plan 1X townhome was built in ...
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Where can I see ocean bioluminescence in coastal California?

I know that Newport Beach has truly spectacular bioluminescence. Are there other places on the coast of California where the phenomenon can be seen, particularly north of Newport Beach?
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10 day quarantine when Leaving California [closed]

are car travelers being asked to be '10-day quarantine' when entering California or when entering Nevada?
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At what stage of California's COVID-19 reopening is travel for tourism permitted? [closed]

This question is about what is permitted by health orders (rather than what is prudent based on personal risk assessment). I understand there are four reopening stages defined statewide, but each ...
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Does driving from Lee Vining to Fresno require a Yosemite Reservation?

I'm planning an RV trip from San Diego and we have RV Site reservations on the western Sierra, near Oakhurst. There are many attractions we'd like to see on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, so I'...
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Are there any moving companies which can transport plants from CA to IL [closed]

I am planning to move from California to Illinois and while selecting the moving company to transport my belongings I have noticed that they mostly do not want to transport plants. Unfortunately for ...
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Staying in Sunnyvale, visiting San Francisco 1 day. Which transport pass?

I would be staying in Sunnyvale and will go to SF for 1 day. Which transport pass would be the best ? I am seeing that one needs Caltrain to go to SF back and forth, and inside SF there are MUNI and ...
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Exits from Black's beach in San Diego

If I go down to Black's beach here and go south (towards Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier) along the ocean, how far can I go and where can I exit? I walked 15-20 minutes in the direction mentioned ...
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Turn on red with a traffic light at the right side of the street across in California

Suppose a car (drew in yellow) wants to turn right in this scenario where there is a traffic light at the right side of the street across (circled in blue). Can the driver turns right after stopping ...
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Is America the Beautiful Pass sold at Cabrillo National Monument?

Here is a list of federal recreational areas where interagency passes are issued. It mentions Cabrillo National Monument. Here's a picture of Cabrillo National Monument Fee Station from Google Maps: ...
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What is "Premium Regional" fare for MTS Compass Card?

From this page (also this page): Adult 1-Day Pass $6 /$12 Premium Regional What does "Premium Regional" stand for, and how is the premium regional fare different from the standard fare?
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Loading a 1-day pass to a compass card online

Is there a way to load a 1-day pass to an existing compass card online? When I put in my compass card number here, I get the following: There is no option "Adult 1-Day Pass". So is it only possible ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

I was wondering if there are any huge cacti like these: (I believe they're called Saguaro or something, but I guess similar cacti are fine too) that one can see (in the winter) somewhere along the ...
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After moving out of California [closed]

Just received a letter from Tollroads saying that the car I already sold a while ago in California has recently made 24 violations in Orange County and I need to pay $2000. But I had already moved to ...
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Can I drive in California on a valid Indian driving licence?

Can I drive in California on a valid Indian driving licence? The drivers license is in English and I will be on a temporary visitors visa for about 15 days. I would like to rent a car to drive around. ...
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Using an Egypt driver's license in California with a J-1 visa [duplicate]

I have a driver license issued in my country (Egypt), can I use it in California? I'm staying with a J-1 visa. My name is written in English but the expiration date is in Arabic numerals.
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Is there any road between the CA State Route 120 and Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S0) that crosses Yosemite/Serria/Sequoia National Park/Forest?

Is there any publicly accessible and drivable road between the California State Route 120 and the Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S0) that crosses Yosemite/Sierra/Sequoia National Park/Forest? ...
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Multiday parking in San Francisco

I'm taking a road trip round California, with a four night stay in San Francisco. I will have a rental car for the duration of my stay but don't want to drive in San Francisco, apart from arriving and ...
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I am a dual citizen of United States and Mexico, can I use my Mexican license in california when visiting?

I am originally a US citizen that has moved to Mexico and gotten my dual citizenship. Around two years ago I've gotten a DUI and got my license suspended, I've completed my DUI classes and passed my ...
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Disneyland Anaheim make me confused

I am going to visit Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.I visited Disneyland website. I want to buy Theme park ticket. But I am confused as there is no clear definition which are include in this ticket? I also ...
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Sequoia Park Visit

I am traveling with my brother, his wife and my niece (7 years old) We start in San Francisco, and we plan to visit Yosemite (2 nights) and them Sequoia Park and drive to Los Angeles. We will be in ...
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Produce at California borders

We are traveling from Arizona to California with fresh produce. What items might we expect to have to throw away at the border?
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Motel on Route 66 in California, 1963

Our family followed Route 66 to California in August 1963, and I'm trying to organize the few photos of the trip that I've found. I believe we stayed at this motel, and that it was in California. ...
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Is a Russian driver's license valid in the U.S.? Is an IDP needed? [duplicate]

I have a Russian relative who will be visiting the U.S. for a short time (less than a month) and I would like him to be able to drive my car while he's here. Will he need an International Driving ...
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Bike rental multi-destination California

Is it possible to rent a bike in California (SF ideally) and drop it off up north somewhere (Eureka ideally)?
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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) south to North

We are planning a California road trip, and we want to include most of the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1). Currently, our plan is to travel in it from south (coming for Los Angeles) all the way ...
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Getting around San Francisco on a 3-day trip

I'll be visiting San Francisco for 3 days. I will use BART to commute from/to the airport and also to/from Berkeley. From what I found out, it's easiest to get a clipper card on arrival. But can I use ...
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Visiting Los Angeles Culvert

I'll be visiting Los Angeles in May and one of the things I would like to see is the river culverts featured in so many movies (quick visit and a few photos). The section I'm most interested in is ...
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