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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Car rental in California 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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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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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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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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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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Random camping along Central and South Californian coastline

I'm from the UK and I am planning on spending about 6 days driving from San Francisco down possibly as far as San Diego and then back up again. I'd love to stop at random beaches/interesting places ...
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What is San Francisco's most famous church?

I have been to Hagia Sophia, Notre Dame and La Sagrada Familia, so I was wondering what the most famous church in San Francisco is ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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), ...
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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 ...