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    places to stay and things to do in LA california?

    Hi im meeting some friends who are travelling in LA california, i am just wondering if anybody has any reccomendations on which bit of it to stay in? would be nice to be close to the international airport but not essential as i am going to veags and flying out of there, it would be nice to be near a great beach, and i am tempted by staying the first few nights in the varden hotel down by long beach? it seems reasonably priced and near a beach thoiugh i am not sure how this remotely compares to the rest of the areas near by... i should probs be looking to saty more in central los angeles... any reccomendations on areas/hotels/things you can do would be appreciated

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    Original Poster

    shame theres no basketball on from the looks of it or anything...

    Original Poster

    in and around los angeles to be more specific, would consider long beach dont want to go much further away from the airport in the first few days... cheers for ur input oO

    will be free to travel around after that date and will be going to vegas eventually hense the slightly broader field in which i am free to visit

    Venice beach is pretty cool theres loads going on there and its close to the airport
    Edited by: "lilsmithy" 18th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Ok, well Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are worth checking out.



    cheers, just realised reading the entire post that i did not once put LA in which is where i am flying into, meeting them and certainly staying for the first few nights

    Original Poster

    lilsmithy

    Venice beach is pretty cool theres loads going on there and its close to … Venice beach is pretty cool theres loads going on there and its close to the airport



    o that does look nice.. i have no idea of the city tbh, never been to america before or anything im jsut going to see people more than anything so it all helps

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Also Vegas is epic, if you want any advice about that let me know.



    well sure go crazy cause i dont really have a clue, is it essential to stay in and around the strip? any hotel reccomendations or things to do reccomendations (apart from gambling) i dont wanna be spending over £100 a night on a room tbh

    dcx_badass

    Use expedia and don't go on a friday or saturday night, I paid about £19 … Use expedia and don't go on a friday or saturday night, I paid about £19 a night on the strip in an awesome hotel and room, massive, king size bed, air con, strip view, LCD TV, everything. Wrote this for someone last year, hope it helps.I'm 20 now but went to Vegas when I was 19 in June. First of all go Sunday to Friday, Friday and Saturday night hotel prices are a joke. I stayed in the Riviera, cost $27 (£18 at the time) a night.. It's on the strip, Room was huge, had a king size bed, LCD TV, iPod dock, air-conditioning, arm chair, desk and chair etc. Was fantastic especially for the price, I had a view of the strip aswell. I chose a non smoking room because I don't like a smelly room, but later on I heard someone mention that there bed was uncomfy and they had to move from a smoking to a none smoking room, and they said the difference was amazing as apparently all the none smoking rooms have been refurbished.Anyway what to do, as I was there in June it was 41°c most days, so I tended to stay in till 6ish when it started to cool a little (at 11pm was still 38°c but no sun at least), but you won't have this problem in March. There's signs saying no under 21's in the Casinos but I spent a few hours most nights in them just watching games (I didn't gamble though) with no problems and I look fairly young.There's a club for over 18s but I didn't bother due to it been out the way and no drinking obviously.Go and see the show outside Treasure Island, the Volcano show outside the Mirage and the Bellagio fountans, all on every night from about 8, different times for each one, they have boards up, also all free.Food wise the buffets were a bit out of my budget ($15 a meal), but that depends on you, there are mcdonalds dotted along the strip. Avoid the food places in casinoes as they are pricey. Down near the Wynn and Encore Hotels towards the North of the Strip there is a shopping centre called 'Fashion Show Mall' that has a pretty big food court with loads of places (I only discovered it on my second to last day grrrrr).In the mile mall near the Bellagio there is a indoor rain storm and laser light show, good way to pass 30 mins. There's a few supermarkets dotted along which are quite cheap (again towards the north). When I was there men on the street sold bottled water for $1 but that might be because it was summer.I thin kthe Grand Canyon is worth a visit. I booked with the booth near the Riviera hotel and negogiated the guy down a fair bit (I went the afternoon before I wanted to do it), also you get a book of loads of vouchers, so I'd do that towards the start if you want to as I didn't have time to use all the vouchers (Some good ones like cheap food, free entry to places, such as the classic car museum).Anyway as you can probably tell I love Vegas and am super jealous! Any other questions stick them in here and I'll check back every so often.Also don't annoy the men with Hooker cards they shout at you.



    Did you find the casino food expensive? Im suprised at that as we always spend a few nights in Vegas when visiting family in California and there are always deals and offers going on (people shoving flyers in your hand etc while walking round the casinos).
    I agree with all of this though, there is so much to see and do in vegas without even dipping your hand in your wallet. Dont forget about the light shows in the old strip on Freemont Street!
    Another thing I think you should do if you get the chance is hoover dam.

    venice beach and santa monica ftw. Santa monica is just a really nice pedestrianised area and some nice places to eat and drink.

    We rented out bikes everyday when we were there and ended up cycling for miles, its so leisurely and you can take in the nice scenery and beach.

    Original Poster

    sounds class, looks like ill be booking a hotel around santa monica/ venice beach area of LA and spending some good time in vegas, hotels n such seem really cheap there, definately going to the grand canyon but the hoover dam sounds like an awesome random suggestion, well worth a look! and so glad ill be able to drink

    In and Out (Fast food place) - has to be done

    http://fortworthology.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/in_n_out_logo-475x316.jpg

    have a lotta fun!
    Edited by: "Xiwt" 18th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    lol pretty sure i dont wanna afford hotel prices in santa monica...

    Original Poster

    Xiwt

    In and Out (Fast food place) - has to be donehave a lotta fun!



    doesnt go straight in and come back out does it?

    Also if your into branded clothing Ralph Lauren outlets are very reasonable.

    http://www.swimsales.com/images/Ralph-Lauren-Womens/Ralph-Lauren-Womens-Bikini-Swimwear-003.jpg
    Edited by: "Xiwt" 18th Feb 2011

    joeprosho

    doesnt go straight in and come back out does it?



    lol no mate, they do AMAZING burgers and they have items not listed on the menu, ask for the 'animal fries'. To my knowledge they do not contain any animals. Also, they know a thing or two about chocolate milkshakes IMO!

    Banned

    Just looked up the casino I stayed at when I went yonks ago.... Seems it was renamed in 1989 to "San Remo" and now called "Hooters." Certainly in a good location and good standard when I went... I doubt things have changes. From memory it was less than a 5 minute walk from Caesars Palace.

    Stayed in a motel virtually opposite the Santa Monica pier. Disney is about an hour drive from here!

    Grand Canyon is the biggest must do. Its awe inspiring. Flew over hoover dam going to the canyon...... Not sure I'd pay it a visit!

    Have fun!

    Original Poster

    guv

    Just looked up the casino I stayed at when I went yonks ago.... Seems it … Just looked up the casino I stayed at when I went yonks ago.... Seems it was renamed in 1989 to "San Remo" and now called "Hooters." Certainly in a good location and good standard when I went... I doubt things have changes. From memory it was less than a 5 minute walk from Caesars Palace.Stayed in a motel virtually opposite the Santa Monica pier. Disney is about an hour drive from here!Grand Canyon is the biggest must do. Its awe inspiring. Flew over hoover dam going to the canyon...... Not sure I'd pay it a visit!Have fun!



    lol proposing staying in hooters to the missus would be interesting (_;)

    In vegas you might want to catch a show, usually loads of good ones - Cirque du soleil are always up to something, can be pricey but I if it's up your alley the performances are great.

    a few sites give you "100 things to do in vegas" or similar

    some outstanding things you can do, but all down to your preference.
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