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Traveling out there soon. I have been several times, and have been to the popular places....ballparks, famous restaurants, Getty Museum, the beaches, Sunset Strip, Universal Studios, Disney World, Venice Beach, ChinaTown, Tonight Show in Burbank, etc.

My question for you is, what places have you been there that you would recommend?? Anything from museums, quaint restaurants, some mountain peak, odd store....etc., that tourists may not know about. Some place that may not show up in a guide book. I have been to many of the big places.

I'm sure as big as that city is, many of you have been there and have had experiences you'd recommend.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm sure as big as that city is, many of you have been there and have had experiences you'd recommend.

Thanks in advance.


http://www.seeing-stars.com/Buried2/PierceBros.shtml

If you had to choose only one Hollywood cemetery to visit, Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park would be your best bet. It is a small, intimate park, where the stars' graves are fairly easily located (unlike the massive Forest Lawns), yet there are numerous major celebrities buried here.

Pay your respects to Marilyn.

Count Upp
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Hey Cliff, aren't you an LA resident??
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Hey Cliff, aren't you an LA resident??

Yup. I vote for the L.A. Mayor
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Should we meet?? Just sayin'
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Should we meet?? Just sayin'

Of course! What is your schedule? We are in San Pedro - southernmost tip of LA. Know some good local restaurants.

Far from San Fernando Valley, among other places.

Count Upp
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Hey Cliff, very nice. I won't have a car. I know we once talked about meeting....when I visited there awhile back, many years ago. Maybe we can finally meet..you and your engineering Ph.D ways and being from Texas??

You think I forgot about that??? NO way!!

Look for an email....but reply here on board if you are up for it. I'll be staying somewhere between LA proper and Orange County.
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My question for you is, what places have you been there that you would recommend?? Anything from museums, quaint restaurants, some mountain peak, odd store....etc., that tourists may not know about. Some place that may not show up in a guide book. I have been to many of the big places.

If you don't mind taking a taxi about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, you could see the house I lived in from fifth grade through high school. And you could easily see the high school I attended since it's only three doors down from the house. I can assure you that no tourists know about them.

Email me offline for directions.

--fleg
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I honestly don't know how I got the invitation, but Magic Castle in Hollywood was good and different:
http://www.magiccastle.com/

I love the museum of natural history and exposition park:
http://www.nhm.org/site/
There are many other museums plus the rose gardens:
https://www.google.com/#q=exposition+park+museums&hl=en&...

Much, much more. You probably need a car to get to the beach and other places.

Hockeypop
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If you don't mind taking a taxi about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, you could see the house I lived in from fifth grade through high school. And you could easily see the high school I attended since it's only three doors down from the house. I can assure you that no tourists know about them.

Email me offline for directions.

--fleg



Where the hell did you come from??? LOL........someone's playing the whole off-line thingie!! LOL

fleg is a great guy, you folks. But he's doing this crazy thing where he disappears on a vacation and then reappears, hoping to grab some "gravitas".........I dunno.....a bit flighty I say!!!
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Go to San Pedro! A car would help a lot. LOTS to see and do in and around San Pedro.

The Fort MacArthur park complex is very scenic and interesting. It's just above San Pedro with the friendship bell plaza and has nice walking trails with big views and some museums. Very good picnicking spot. Many movies filmed up there.

http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/ftmacbat.htm
http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/korenbel.htm

If you call ahead you might tour Vessel Traffic Services and see how they manage the LA/Long Beach traffic scheme from the top of the hill. Few, if any, tourists do that.

Fire station 112 is very cool if you can swing a tour of that.

http://www.lafire.com/fire_boats/Boat2.htm

How about the Banning Museum

http://www.banningmuseum.org/index.php

Have you been out to Avalon? It's also dripping with history. Zane Grey, the Wrigleys... the Express boat goes from San Pedro.

I suppose one could access all the above places by bus?
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Go to San Pedro! A car would help a lot. LOTS to see and do in and around San Pedro.


Oh, the battleship Iowa will arrive today. It will become a permanent display in L.A. Harbor.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20808296/uss-iowa-arrival...

Count Upp
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<<<Oh, the battleship Iowa will arrive today.>>>

Ackshully, she came in thru LA Gate a week ago and was anchored up in the outer harbor.

An associate took some good photos from the water as she was towed thru the gap at LA Light. It'd be nice if we could copy and paste to TMF.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3313102834248&...
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The old girl is in tow to the dock as I type....big boat!
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AOLF: Look for an email....but reply here on board if you are up for it. I'll be staying somewhere between LA proper and Orange County.

Look at your own e-mail, dude!

Count Upp
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Hey Cliff, sorry we didn't meet. I didn't have car, and was shuffled around by a relative and also by people I didn't know very well. We had activities pretty much packed through the several days.

I may head out there again later in the fall. I'll plan it better next time so we can meet. I actually bought my plane ticket 2 days in advance - shocked me when $340 came up. So I bought it on the spot.

On the way home, I flew from Orange County to Dallas by way of Atlanta...yeah, crazy route. Unfortunately, there were thunderstorms in Atlanta by the time we got there, so we flew back and landed in Huntsville Alabama for refueling. Sat there for 3 hours. I sat on the plane for about 8-9 hours before de-boarding in Atlanta around midnight (left Orange county at 1 PM). Of course, I missed by connection flight to Dallas. No other flight....too late. So I slept on the hard ground of the Atlanta airport along with a couple of hundred other unfortunate passengers. Slept all of 30 minutes. Flew to Dallas at 7 AM. Took the hardest nap ever on the flight to Dallas. Then slept all day today.

Had fun in LA. Did the Tonight Show w/ Leno, went to several beaches, took a tour of Forever Cemetary. A bit creepy...their tombstones had their etched photos! Universal Studios, Newport Beach, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica area....and several other stuff.
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I wondered. After all, I took a shower just for the occasion!

Next time give me a little notice, OK?
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I wondered. After all, I took a shower just for the occasion!


Just for me?!?! I'm blushing Cliff.....Next time, don't worry about the shower. I can stink it up with the best of them!!


Next time give me a little notice, OK?


Not a problem....this was a spur of the moment thing, although I had been tinkering with the idea of going out there since Memorial Day. Bought the tickets two days before I left. I'll plan far more ahead next time. I'll design an intinery and have you sign off on it. <g>
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One place a lot of people don't know about is Gene Autry Museum in Griffith Park (I assume it is still there- has been 20 years since I've been there). If you grew up enjoying Westerns and/or have come to like them, you'll love this place. Has some great curators.

In Pasadena, Huntington LIbrary is very interesting and old Huntington Hotel (not sure of current affiliation) is a property worth seeing as it has beautiful gardens and public areas. If you park there, walk off the property into the surrounding neighborhoods and you'll see some spectacular homes (including some Greene and Greenes if you are into that. Most people wouldn't be able to locate them, but I'm sure concierge could help.
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