(Closed) Tips for Miami, New Orleans, Austin, Phoenix, Vegas, LA, San Francisco

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m biased but they should definitely hit up Santa Monica while they’re in L.A. It’s the best place ever. 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The farmers market and the Grove shopping area in LA are really nice, we are planning on taking our Out of Town guests there for shopping and dinner. They also film the show Extra there outside daily which my Fiance, from Sweden, thought was so cool to see. If they are into music in LA there are some really historic places like the Whiskey and the Troubador to see bands live. If they have not booked there hotel yet I would remind them not to stay in “downtown LA” which is can be a bit sketchy.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ditto Santa Monica, since I live there!  There are a zillion hotels along the beach, depending on how much they want to spend, but they can go a little inland and probably get a better deal (minus the ocean!).  I would actually recommend the Doubletree on 4th Street, it’s where my inlaws usually stay.  It’s super close to the beach without being ON the beach, so it’s cheaper than the beach options.  It’s walking distance to the beach, the promenade and the new shopping center that just opened up that has cute wine bars, etc. 

Also, I would recommend a day trip (or 1/2 day) to Malibu.  There are a few wineries up there, Malibu Family Wine, Rosenthal and then Cornell which is tasting room that has lots of regional wines and food, it’s a beautiful drive up the coast and cozy wine tasting if they are in to that sort of thing. 

Then there is the standard LA tourist stuff: Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Park and the Observatory, Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@dorsay: My Fiance and I have stayed at the Hyatt in West Hollywood and we loved it,  I would say anything in that area would be great for two single guys.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

if they won’t have a car in austin, i would recommend staying somewhere downtown, near south congress and maybe 6th street.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The average person that goes to New Orleans wants to spend time in the French Quarter.  No need for a car if they are downtown and if they want to go any place else they should just cab it or take the street car. 

One thing I really would stress is do not go past Rampart if they are walking around at night (two blocks based Bourbon).  Some of the must do things would include going to Jackson square, eat beignets at Cafe du Monde and listen to street musicians.  If they are looking to do the typical drinking you def have to go to Pat O’s.  Other fun activities include a street car ride up St. Charles to view the beautiful Garden District, go to the National World War II museum, take a ferry across the river and go to Mardi Gras world.  If you need more ideas send me a message but this should be more then enough options if they are only in town for a few days. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There are a ton of places to see in San Fran, but I can also recommend getting up into the Wine Country and doing a visit to Calistoga.  There is an awesome vineyard there called Sterling Vineyard or Winery that has a beautiful aerial tramway ride to the top of a hill where they do their wine processing.  On the ride up you get to see the gorgeous vistas (vine covered rolling hills, etc) and it’s just a pretty place to sit, relax and enjoy (oh and I’m NOT a wine fan, so you don’t have to be into wine to enjoy it, but from people I know, they like Sterling, so it’s win-win!).  Also right by that vineyard is the “Old Faithful Geyser of the West Coast”!  It’s one of 3 (Yellowstone’s Old Faithful being the most known) geysers that are regular enough to be called old faithful.  The area itself is gorgeous to drive through as well.  🙂

Vegas has it’s obvious attractions of bright lights, gambling, shows, etc, but it also has some really nifty things to see within a short drive away.  For instance Valley of Fire State park is just within an hours drive away and is fantastic!  It literally has a rainbow of colors embedded in the rocks/ground.  The only thing to note on that is that it’s named Valley of Fire for a reason, so if they aren’t travelling there during the winter time then I personally would recommend making sure that they have a car with a good air conditioning system!  You can see much of the beauty of the park without actually getting out, so during most of the year, I’d recommend just driving around through it and not trying to hike/walk anything.  Also very nearby Vegas is Hoover Dam.  It’s got some breathtaking vistas and it’s an interesting tour as well!

Arizona is one of my favorite states.  If they are going to be in Phoenix for any length of time, I’d recommend driving up to the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, Montezuma’s Castle.  We did all that in just a couple of days (it’s a fair bit of driving but sooooo worth it!).  If they have more time, then add in Walnut Canyon State Park (better the Montezuma’s Castle to see cliff dwellings if you are willing to hike!), Wupatki National Monument/Sunset Crater, and Sedona’s Red Rocks (the Pink Jeep tour is awesome!).  I love all kinds of nature and these spots are awe-inspiring to me!

I didn’t spend too much time in Miami other then for a spring training baseball game or too, but it’s so close to the Everglades!  Just a short drive (you can probably find a tour easily enough that leaves from there as well) and you have a bunch of airboat tours to choose from to see the swamps.  We’ve done about 3 of them now and they’ve all been fairly different from each other and all were very neat to do!  Another thing to see while in Miami, is the Florida Keys.  Just be prepared for the fact that it is one lane in, one lane out and if there is an accident or a lot of traffic, the journey in or out can be fairly slow.  It’s definitely worth the trip though in my opinion!

As for LA, my in-laws were here visiting for the first time, and one of the things they loved the most was going on a whale watching tour!  We didn’t see any whales, but we saw an amazing amount of dolphins and it was just so cool to see SOOO many of them surrounding the boat!  I’m also a fan of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade.  Oh and the La Brea Tar Pits (though in all honesty it’s been YEARS since I’ve been there!).  If they have time for a drive down to San Diego, it’s worth it.  It’s prettier then LA, and has a ton of neat museums as well as the San Diego Zoo.  I will admit though, that as much as I love the San Diego Zoo (and I was there in October so these aren’t 20 year memories or anything) I prefer the Wild Animal Park which is in Escondido.  You can take harbor cruises, check out Sea World, enjoy the Gas Lamp Quarters.  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Tell them to look up some restaurants from that show Diners Drive-ins and Dives. I love food and would travel to the states just to do a food tour. My dad is in Arizona for a golf trip and hey, he’s gotta eat sometime! I gave him about 5 restaurants in the area for him to check out.

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