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ilikeashirt
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1380 posts since 11/5/07

1 May 2015 14:23
I have used these in the past, excellent company. Might give you a idea or 2 :
http://www.northamericatravelservice.co.uk/state.asp?State=California&Show;=FlyDrives
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

1 May 2015 15:07
ilikeashirt wrote: I have used these in the past, excellent company. Might give you a idea or 2 :
http://www.northamericatravelservice.co.uk/state.asp?State=California&Show;=FlyDrives

Cool that's useful thanks

ilikeashirt wrote: No idea on times, but just got back from SF and absolutely loved it.
Make sure you book Alcatraz in advance :
http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/

Yea will book that, how long did you spend there? 4 days too much?
ilikeashirt
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1380 posts since 11/5/07

1 May 2015 15:39
I would think 3 full days would be fine for SF.

We did :
Day 1 : Alcatraz. We were not fussed about doing it, and booked last minute which gave us a midday slot. We loved it though, best thing we did during the whole LV and SF holiday. Allow about 4 hours (including ferry etc).
Day 2 : Bike hire. Union Sq, through the park to the coast, up and over the Golden Gate Bridge, in to Sausalito, and back down Fishermans Wharf / east coast.
Day 3 : Shopping and a couple of places we missed on the bikes, eg Coit Tower.
Day 4 : We did a bit more shopping and just soaked up the atmosphere.
ilikeashirt
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1380 posts since 11/5/07

1 May 2015 15:56
Regarding Alcatraz, everyone seems to say that the evening / night tour is the best. It books up very quickly, so book it as soon as it becomes available for you dates (iirc 90 days in advance).
FrIEND
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13434 posts since 27/11/03

1 May 2015 16:21
San Fran:

Worth going to tonga/hurricane bar and then over the road to the top of the mark for easy going drinks. Would also recommend hiring a bike too and doing the trip over the bridge down to sausalito and then getting the boat back.

San Frans kinda small so you can do most things in 3 or 4 days easy.

LA:

LA is great - Universal, Disney, Downtown, Abbot Kinney, Santa Monica, Venice beach. need a car in LA really but you can live without one in venice beach area and really wander about and take in the bars and nutjobs.
TATE
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321 posts since 5/12/12

posted 1 May 2015 16:38, edited 1 May 2015 16:38
Anyone been to Marrakech and fancy sharing their experience? Wanting to book a 10 nighter and found a good deal in the Palmeraie district… Is 10 nights too much?
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

1 May 2015 16:55
Want a long weekend in the UK somewhere, preferably nice countryside, nice food and big plus points for no driving required. Where should I go, thinking SW somewhere inevitably…
MoB
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36683 posts since 31/8/04

1 May 2015 17:35
TATE wrote: Anyone been to Marrakech and fancy sharing their experience? Wanting to book a 10 nighter and found a good deal in the Palmeraie district… Is 10 nights too much?

Depends what you're after. I've done it twice, once for a long weekend and once for 8 nights. If you get the weather it's a lovely place to relax as long as you're outside the city, i stayed here http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g293734-d679250-Reviews-Villa_Al_Assala_Palmeraie-Marrakech_Marrakech_Tensift_El_Haouz_Region.html
was a quick 5-10 minute cab to the hustle and bustle when chilling was not enough.
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

2 May 2015 08:59
Thanks all, keep the recommendations coming,

Looking at hotel g in San Fran which is right near Union sq, there for thanks giving so want to be around stuff that might be open!

Is Napa worth an day or two?

In LA not sure whether to move around or stick in 1 hotel for the few days ,
joe6886
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795 posts since 16/11/08

2 May 2015 10:55
It's worth going down to San Diego for a couple of days, nice city with plenty going on and nice beaches aswell.

I wouldn't plan all your days and just see where you end up, we had a week or so to get up the coast to San Fran and found plenty of places to stop over. Santa Barbara was a personal favourite, not massive by any means but really nice place, few good bars and restaurants. Just a chilled out place to stop over.

San Fran it's worth going to a baseball game if it's on, someone on here recommended it to me and it was a great night out even if you don't know the rules, you will soon get into it. Also Alcatraz as said is something you must do while you're there.
Burt
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5548 posts since 3/1/10

2 May 2015 19:00
Mellow 'n relaxed San Fran food/drink…

Tommy's Joynt

…love the place.
figurine
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5740 posts since 14/5/07

3 May 2015 12:16
DuffMan wrote: Want a long weekend in the UK somewhere, preferably nice countryside, nice food and big plus points for no driving required. Where should I go, thinking SW somewhere inevitably…
Belfast
Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

3 May 2015 14:07
DuffMan wrote: Want a long weekend in the UK somewhere, preferably nice countryside, nice food and big plus points for no driving required. Where should I go, thinking SW somewhere inevitably…
Somewhere like St Ives or Penzance is a good shout, or Falmouth; the top end of Devon/Cornwall isn't accessible by train so you're restricted to the south coast
without a car.
Anto
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3573 posts since 19/1/12

3 May 2015 16:05
Homer wrote: Doing LA to San Fran later this year
Got 15 days but not sure how long to stay In the 2 cities and the places between.

Any one got any tips on places to stay/things to do?

I'd spend 3 full days in SF, and at least 3 full days in LA too. I absolutely loved it. So many different things to see and do, and the city is so big that 3 days are just enough.
SD is very nice too, would spend there another 3 full days, so you have time to see the surroundings too (Point Loma, Coronado, La Jolla, Mission beach and Ocean beach). There you can also spend time in one of the many local breweries.
Drove all the way down from LA to SD, stopping in Newport Beach but was pretty disappointed by it so i'd maybe consider Huntington Beach or something else.

In the north, leaving SF i drove all the way down along the coast, on the highway 1 (Bis Sur) from Pacifica.
There are many nice places and beaches where to stop along the road, i recall stopping at Half Moon Bay where i had dinner at the local brewery facing the bay\harbour.
Santa Cruz is incredibly full of homeless people and don't recall it being particularly nice, while a bit better was Monterrey, but just had dinner and slept there.
From Monterrey starts the true Big Sur, where you can stop in Carmel By The Sea which is a very nice village, Point Lobos State National Park, where you find the view of the classic big sur postcard image, and then at the Bixby Bridge. From the coast, at least in summer, it's pretty easy to see whales swimming\jumping in the ocean.
Stopped at a few other beaches, one white purple sand (Pfeiffer possibly), but can't recall the exact names atm…
Heard very good things about both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, but personally didn't go there…

Hope this helps! Let me know if you need any other info on the cities
Alfi
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215 posts since 12/10/09

3 May 2015 23:34
In Bangkok for a day if anyone has any tips?
FrIEND
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13434 posts since 27/11/03

3 May 2015 23:35
Go mental
illwill
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3663 posts since 17/5/04

4 May 2015 00:26
Maybe the nicest meal I've ever had. Not too pricey either.

http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/nahm.htm
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

4 May 2015 20:32
Also doing San fran to LA then ending in Vegas. Where in Vegas is good to stay? Mainly want decent pool, thinking of booking Aria Casino Resort, anyone stayed there?
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

4 May 2015 20:34
Homer I booked flights today and got 550 with Sta Travel. Flying into San fran and out of Vegas with BA. Half the price of everything else we looked at.
ilikeashirt
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1380 posts since 11/5/07

4 May 2015 21:15
Aria is a great hotel. Pool is decent, and the location is superb. I would look at Cosmopolitan more though - amazing hotel imo.


Personally, I am a fan of MGM Signature. The rooms are not flash like Aria, as they are a good few years old. I like having the kitchen to make porridge for breakfast. Signature has 3 quiet pools, but also gives access to the main MGM pool. The One Bedroom Balcony Suite gives loads of space and provides 2 bathrooms. They can normally be had for a decent price.