Update on my dd's California Road Trip! CA Peas...any tips?

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Posted 6/17/2013 by Wrong Way Feldman in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 6/17/2013 8:54:58 AM
My dd just graduated H.S. and she and her friends are leaving today for California! I posted several months ago as they were doing their planning asking for advice, and they have decided that flying rather than driving was the way to go...much less expensive and no worries about hotels and car issues.

Here is a list of several places they plan to visit while they are there. I believe these stops are in L.A. and also San Fransisco. Have any of you been to these shops/areas before, and do you have any tips? They plan to walk or take public transportation to most of them. They'll be staying two days in L.A. at a B&B, and about 8 days in San Fransisco at the home of one of the girls' cousins.

The Pie Hole on Traction Ave
Flounce Vintage on Echo Park Ave
The Dog Show on Echo Park Ave
Ragg Mop Vintage on West Sunset Blvd
Jet Rag on North LaBrea Ave
La Brea Tar Pits
The Way We Wore on S. LaBrea Ave
Angel City Bookstore and Records on 218 Pier Ave in Santa Monica
Burger Records on S State College Blvd in Fullerton, Ca



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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:23:44 AM
Fullerton is quite a distance from West L.A. and Santa Monica. Unless they have a car it's going to be difficult to get too. Even the train station in Fullerton is to far to walk to State College Blvd. Public transportation in So. Cal. is not good once you leave Los Angeles.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:45:33 AM
I would not take public transportation in parts of LA (I've lived here most of my life). It can be kind of rough in those neighborhoods.

The tar pits are very interesting but don't take very long to see. I would also visit LACMA since it is right next door.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:59:57 AM
To get to Fullerton I think they are taking a two hour bus ride. Does tat sound right? When you say "those neighborhoods" are rough, do you mean the specific ones I listed?



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Posted: 6/17/2013 10:05:31 AM
What about Venice Beach , Santa Monica pier , Sunset Blvd , West Hollywood?
They also have plans to see Ty Segall's band FUZZ play at The Smell in Little Tokyo. Anyone been there?



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Posted: 6/17/2013 10:10:36 AM
I grew up in LA, and one of my favorite places to go was Little Tokyo. But, I would never take a bus to get down there, especially at night. Little Tokyo itself is really nice, but the area surrounding it, not so much. I am with the other posters, it really would be better for your daughter if she rented a car once she arrived in LA.




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Posted: 6/17/2013 10:10:42 AM
Is it possible for someone to lend them a car? Or meet them at the airport to help them rent one? I know that many rental companies don't let people under 25 reserve them, but I think you can reserve a "second" driver at most of them...

So much easier for them than relying on public transportation.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 12:00:37 PM
While renting a car is possible, driving and parking is difficult in both cities!!! SF is pretty doable with public transportation or even by walking. LA not at all.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 3:53:47 PM
pmail me when you get a moment - I live in west los angeles and would be happy to help them out.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 5:41:01 PM
I don't want to scare you, but I agree with the other posters who say that public transportation in LA is not that great. Most the areas you mentioned are ok, but within a few blocks can be very scary. DS just graduated HS and I would not want him taking public transportation in LA.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:39:31 AM
Sharonk06, you have peamail.



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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:46:36 AM
I agree with other posters, I wouldn't let my recent HS grad take public transportation around LA to a lot of places you mentioned. It might work for someone who grew up in those neighborhoods, but a bunch of girls who are not familiar with the area. Nope.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:51:53 AM
If it's too late for them to get a car rental, would you suggest a cab? Or some alternative areas for them to shop that include really kitchy vintage stores? They are interested in thrift shopping, clothing, and records. Thanks for the heads up.



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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:23:13 AM
I'm in West LA and have the summer off. I can help the kids out. Not to be a chauffeur, but maybe with a ride here and there once to twice.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 8:26:39 AM
Sorry about the serial posting... But I flew into LAX at 18 and rode public transit up to UCLA and back with absolutely no problems. It was years ago, and things have gotten better wrt public transit since then.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:43:32 PM
They made it! They took the bus today and had their route planned very carefully, and said it went really well! They even made it over to Venice Beach. Tomorrow they head to Fullerton to a record store. Thanks for all the tips and offers to help. Peas are amazing!!!

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Posted: 6/18/2013 11:20:23 PM
If she wants to go to a cool indie music store have her go to Amoeba Records in Hollywood instead of Burger Records in Fullerton.
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