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Considering a trip in may out to LA and then San Diego for when the Nats play out there.
Would fly into LA and catch the last game of the series on May 15. Would fly home May 19 after catching a weekend game at Petco.
Other than that, what should I do... Must see stuff? How long should I spend in each place? Where should I stay?
This post was edited by BentleysSVP 18 months ago
Griffith Observatory, any of the beaches, Fashion District, and Mulholland Drive.
Take the Pacific Surfliner from LA to San Diego on Amtrak. One of the prettiest rail routes in the country and cheap too.
You'll need a car in LA. In San Diego, if you stay downtown or in Gaslamp you will not need a car. The train station is right downtown and you can walk to your hotel with a small suitcase. Petco is right downtown, as well. I was personally pretty disappointed with it. For the city and location, they could have done much more (like Nats Park).
Get to La Jolla/Scripps Park in San Diego. City bus goes out there from downtown.
In LA, If you are able to, drive to Malibu. The beach just north of Zuma Beach is where all the celebs have homes right on the public beach. You're almost certain to spot a celebrity or three. Plus it is one of the more beautiful beaches in the US.
Thanks for the info. Perhaps I should just do San Diego this time for a 3 of 4 day weekend, and do LA another time? Seems like I might be short changing myself trying to do both.
I might be making a similar trip this summer to see the Yanks play the Dodgers and Padres but I'd likely make it a full week trip, so keep the suggestions coming. Probably 4 nights in LA then 4 nights in SD.
i've done the nats trip before and thinking about doing the same.
SD: petco is a decent park, go to gas lamp district before for pre-gaming and after for nightlife and postgame celebration. we did tilted kilt right outside of the ballpark, good time. def check out the beaches and del mar track.
LA: dodger stadium is my favorite park, you'll have a great time there. i've worn nats gear there before and didn't get too much ribbing from fans. as for the town, depends on what you want to do, as there's a lot. i just went to santa monica for the first time, the promenade is nice and i can recommend plenty of nice clubs/restaurants/bars/etc.
stay out of the water
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
I made this trip 2 summers ago to see the Phillies @ Padres and @ Dodgers back to back. Not having a car in San Diego wasnt really a problem since the light rail took us right down to the ballpark / Gaslamp District for each of the games, and was easy to drink Four Lokos on. We ended up taking the Greyhound for < $20 to get to LA. If you the trip during the day, it shouldnt be that sketchy (My friend ended up buying an NBA finals ticket in the parking lot in LA for $300, so we brought the sketchiness on ourselves). Luckily, I had a friend there to take us around in LA to see the Walk of Fame (underwhelming) and muscle beach, but we did have to take the bus to one of the games at Dodger Stadium. DONT DO THIS. Not only are the buses crowded as hell, but it lets you off at the very bottom of an enormous hill that the ballpark sits on.
Fun trip, but Dodger Stadium is a real piece of shit. Definitely worth sitting in the bleachers for at least one game. We happened to pick the game where Brad Lidge blew his first save in over a year, and got quite the razzing from the overweight Latinos who chugged beers in between innings, but that was to be expected.
are you sure you didn't mix these up? Petco is the greatest ball park I've ever been to. Dodger stadium is a dump.
Anyway, if you're talking about a long weekend - you should limit it to one city. But really anywhere in CA is awesome. It's just the most perfect state really. Even with all of its glaring flaws.
Oh, make sure you eat at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles on Gower St. The one on Pico is a distant second choice.
This post was edited by TheColfax 17 months ago
I think the setting that Dodger Stadium is in makes it cool. Plus they are doing a huge renovation this offseason, which should help.
no i didn't.
you think Dodger Stadium is a dump, I think it's awesome. Petco is fine when you're sitting down, but the concourse reminds me of the mall at the airport.
lots of history at Dodger Stadium.
I'm with Colfax on rating the parks.
Probably heading out there for the Nats series, too.
I know Southwest and Virgin, but are there any other airlines that operate outside the usual search engines? Thanks in advance.
How is Virgin, btw? I thought I heard it was akin to jetblue with nice seats and TVs, but I may have that twisted with another airline.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Been to AT&T Park in SF the past 2 years when I was out there for work. Caught a day game last year which was great- beautiful stadium and surroundings. Not sure if this is true but I've heard its the only stadium to serve hot chocolate year round.
virgin is incredible. GREAT prices, comfy flight w/ amenities, quality customer service and they get you there safely and in good time.
it's my favorite. i've also done air tran and southwest to LA.
yeah, Virgin is amazing. It's like a really mellow nightclub in the sky. Easily the best airline I've ever flown.
Cool. Booked on Virgin. First time(!) flying with them.
There is going to be an entire day dedicated to socal brews. Starting at Stone, then Ballast Point, then Pizza Port and then some more bars that will have all the above on tap. Pretty psyched.
If Del Mar is open, make sure to go, even if you don't like horse racing.
LaJolla is the best place to stay in SD, drive up the coast a bit to a place called Pizza Port, really good pizza and great draft beer.
one of my childhood/neighborhood friends checks in to Pizza Port all the time, often drinks Pliny the Elder and various Stones and I think either started to brew or work for a brewery, I can't tell based on the statuses.
I pretty much envy him.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
haha yes! Del Mar is awesome. I think I'm still a member there. my cousin lived within walking distance of the track.
I couldn't disagree more with Colfax about his stadium assessment. Dodger Stadium is awesome, even if it's got some age on it. Seats are fine, comfortable, and it's a great franchise. Petco is just like every other boring new park.
I thought Dodger was awesome. You walk through the tunnel to the seats and you get that iconic impression immediately. It being old wasn't much of a detriment either.
This will be my first trip to Petco.
I parked at the top parking and it's the only stadium I've ever walked down to get in. Floors were so clean I probably would have eaten anything I dropped on them. I have an ingrained dislike of Dodger Stadium from the days of Garvey/Cey/Lopes/Russell, but it's a great place to watch a game.
Never been to Petco yet.
you people are nuts. It's old. There's 1 ATM in the entire place. You have to walk miles through the parking lot. Day games are the worst as there's no shade anywhere. The concessions are crap. It's in a horrible part of the city and traffic is ridiculous trying to get in.
Petco is amazing. It's a sunken stadium. Which is super cool. It's right in the gaslamp so you can walk to it.
Tradition holds no weight with me. I like nice, clean and easy amenities.
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