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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Acceptable terms for describing black people in California

Today, our team was bought a drink or two by our company, so I was talking with an Afroamerican colleague and was trying to describe him that I had seen San Francisco in San Andreas GTA game, but he ...
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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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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from San Francisco to Canada in 3 months?

I am considering flying to San Francisco next summer to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada. Is 3 months likely to be enough for this route? I am only visa-exempt for 3 months and I really do not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is a California interim driver's license valid in NY, Iceland and Portugal?

I just got an interim drivers license from the state of California. They said the regular license should arrive in the mail in two weeks. However, I'm leaving the state in a few days to travel to New ...
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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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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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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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Good places to bird watch around San Diego

What are good locations for bird watching in the San Diego area?
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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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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? ...