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Suggestions for two weeks in US November 13?

Old Aug 6, 13, 7:38 am
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Suggestions for two weeks in US November 13?

I'm looking for suggestions for places to visit in November 13. We will be arriving and departing LAX (hence why I'm posting in California forum) and have approx 2 weeks in the US. We are both in our early 30s, reasonably fit and from the UK. We don't specifically need to stay close to LA, ie could fly / drive elsewhere but need to start and end our trip there.

In the past we have enjoyed driving Big Sur, a few days in San Francisco and LA (well, we didn't like downtown LA but enjoyed Hollywood!), and have also previously enjoyed driving New England / Cape Cod, as well as city breaks in Boston, New York etc.

Budget isn't set in stone. We like comfortable hotels and the occasional splash of luxury. We will probably end up spending about $4500 USD (excluding flights) very flexible with this - a good deal is always welcome, and for an extra special experience we could spend quite a bit more.

All ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Mrs so3003 won't appreciate this, but suggestions involving a mileage run would be particularly welcomed ;-)

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Old Aug 6, 13, 12:05 pm
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Wow, where to begin? Sooooooo many options. Here are a few to start, all easy striking distance from LA:

SoCal area (driving/train):
Coastal communities: Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego
Inland: Palm Springs (warm!), Yosemite, Mammoth

Broader west coast and southwest (flying/driving): Napa/Sonoma for wine-tasting; farther northern california coastal and inland sightseeing; Portland; Vegas; Grand Canyon

Recently, others in similar situations have asked for input and posted their itineraries to many of these locations. Check the California/Los Angeles/San Francisco threads.

Enjoy!

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Old Aug 6, 13, 12:22 pm
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Also, keep in mind that your travel dates can have an impact on air and hotel prices.

Specifically, if you're here early-mid November, you should find off-peak, low prices.

But if you are here during Thanksgiving week (Nov 25-Dec 1), airfare, car rental and hotels (some locations, at least), will be higher than average.
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Old Aug 6, 13, 10:59 pm
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I always wonder about posts like this. If you don't know where you want to go, why are you coming? Sorry, I don't mean to sound sarcastic but I do think it is a reasonable question.

There are so many guidebooks, so many websites. Maybe if you post some of your own ideas and ask if people agree with you, you might get some useful responses. Good travel agents get paid hundreds of dollars (or more) to do the kind of planning you are asking for.
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Old Aug 7, 13, 12:20 am
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Thanks aptravel.

JerryFF I'm looking for suggestions, as my original post states, based upon things I've previously enjoyed doing while visiting the US. People on web forums often provide great ideas for places to visit / their personal favourite places and other insight that's far more accessible than ploughing through 1000+ pages of a guidebook or more than 1000 promotional websites. That's the whole point of these fora; that's why I asked. Apologies for the offence I seem to have caused you.
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Originally Posted by so3003 View Post
Thanks aptravel.

JerryFF I'm looking for suggestions, as my original post states, based upon things I've previously enjoyed doing while visiting the US. People on web forums often provide great ideas for places to visit / their personal favourite places and other insight that's far more accessible than ploughing through 1000+ pages of a guidebook or more than 1000 promotional websites. That's the whole point of these fora; that's why I asked. Apologies for the offence I seem to have caused you.

Not offended....it would be helpful to know a little more about what you guys have done before. Are you city dwelers or want to see nature.

If you look on this page you will find quite a few travel suggestions for specific areas like San Francisco or California...or how others asked about what to do on a 2 week trip.

There are two holiday weekends this year in November...thanksgiving ( 4th Thursday in November) and veterans da ( rememberence day on November 11--this year on a snday so for many Monday is a holiday)

Unfortunately the seasons start to change in much of the country to more colder/winter weather. Southern California and southern Arizona are one of the nicer spots to be. Las Vegas can be colder ( <50F) and the grand canyon easily be below freezing.

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As djp stated, I think your question is a bit too open-ended, so3003. I love to give suggestions about all the great things to do in California (of course, I'm far from the most knowledgeable person who posts here ), but it's hard to do that when I don't know where to start. And I'm not about to imagine that someone will find something fun just because I believe it to be. Example: you mentioned that you didn't like downtown Los Angeles, California, but mrs. iapetus and I just had a wonderful evening downtown last week!
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Visit San Juan Capistrano. Neat little town. Have breakfast or lunch at Ramos House Cafe. Visit old Western store.

Head east out to the desert. Anza Borrego State Park.

Go up to the mountains and visit the town of Idylwild.

Visit Mojave Airport to see old moth-balled airliners.

If you are interested in wine, visit the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara. Many wineries, good restaurants, great scenery (Lake Cachuma) and no crowds.
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I love the outdoors, so if I only got to the Western U.S. once every several years I would look to use a November trip to visit some of the desert parks: Anza Borrego State Park (California), Joshua Tree National Park, and Death Valley National Park.

Also outdoors-y is the San Diego Wild Animal Park. It is a branch of the city zoo that features many animals in wide, open areas more closely resembling their natural habitats.

November weather in these areas is fine human habitat. Daytime temperatures will generally be in the range of 20-25C.
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Thank you for the updates - particularly appreciate the head's up about potential public holiday weekends!

To clarify things we have previously enjoyed:
- scenic driving, eg Big Sur (California), Great Ocean Road (Australia)
- good art galleries eg MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London)
- aviation related attractions eg Canadian Air and Space Museum (Toronto), Museum of Flight (Edinburgh)
- historical buildings eg Casa Loma (Toronto), Hearst Castle (California)
- self-touring (ie not organised tours) cities like Boston / New York / San Francisco
- other generic places of interest (Nantucket / Kangaroo Island / Cape Cod....)

Additional suggestions welcomed
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Originally Posted by so3003 View Post
Thank you for the updates - particularly appreciate the head's up about potential public holiday weekends!

To clarify things we have previously enjoyed:
- scenic driving, eg Big Sur (California), Great Ocean Road (Australia)
- good art galleries eg MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London)
- aviation related attractions eg Canadian Air and Space Museum (Toronto), Museum of Flight (Edinburgh)
- historical buildings eg Casa Loma (Toronto), Hearst Castle (California)
- self-touring (ie not organised tours) cities like Boston / New York / San Francisco
- other generic places of interest (Nantucket / Kangaroo Island / Cape Cod....)

Additional suggestions welcomed

From reading this post Im guessing you did san francisco and part of the coast before.

Have you done La , San Diego, Las vegas before?

What about Portland or Seattle? You could easily fly up to those cities easily as a separate booking from LAX.


In LA--the California Science Center now has one of the Space Shuttles on display.

In the Seattle area you have a few air/space stuff you could see. there is a the Boeing Museum of flight which has planes as well as the training module from the space shuttle that was something the astronauts would train their missions in that was a lifesize replica to the space shuttle interior. Just north of Seattle there is one of many Boeing manufacturing plants. This one does tours for visitors.

Outside of Portland they have the Evergreen Air and space Museum.

There isnt much historic buildings out west. the most historic are the spanish missions. Just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley near solvang is the old mission Santa Ines. In this area there are wineries made famous by the movie Sideways.

LA and San Diego have tour stuff available. In La the tours are going to be dominated by tour of where the stars live

Another option for short travel from LAX would be albuquerque and Santa Fe where you could do a short flight to and spend about 5 days or so in the area. Santa Fe has alot of older history. You could drive but its about a ~10 hr drive to LAX. If you were to drive I would suggest staying south through Tuscon and Phoenix where its nice still. You can explore a few national parks and monuments on your drive. From I-40 and north it can be colder at that time of year. November is a volatile time with potential temps in this area where it could be in the upper 40s for highs or near 70.

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