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not sure if it's on the itinerary but, santa barbara's nice too, think santa monica years ago...

agreed on venice beach. i'm sure there was a time...

don't be shy with the pics and the objective opinions on this place (warts and all), we (americans) promise not to be butt hurt!

i'm always curious how non-americans find it here...

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Venice absolutely stunk.
Seagulls attacking a sleeping tramp was hilarious.

Went to use the toilets and opened the door and two tramps in there up to no good, didn't see any action but pants were down on one.
Quickly closed door whilst saying"f+ck,sorry guys" LOL.

Anyway, made our way up pch through Redondo etc to Santa Monica to a little beach restaurant about 2/3miles past pier which was nice.
Went back to pier to have a look round then drove to Malibu,wasn't overly impressed with that but hey, we didn't stay long.

One compliment, Americans can do 70-80mph side by side on 12 lanes and not crash , something Australians couldn't comprehend

Enjoying so far, off to Vegas tomorrow, looking forward to the drive and the Mojave

Santa Monica from the pier.
Didn't take many pics but my wife and daughter did so I'll mug them for those later.
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Malibu is more impressive when you are on a yacht looking at the insanely priced homes.

Carmel is more my kind of area to hang out in.
I used to live in Los Gatos and that was very nice. I was working for SCO and
they rented a fantastic house for me for a year. When I had time I would head down the PCH and drift around Carmel.

Enjoy Vegas!!

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Now when in Las Vegas, when you are tired of cassinos, you can take family for hiking to Valley of Fire, about 1 hr of driving north. This time of the year you want to go there when sun start going low and take lot of water.
Similar experience on smaller scale is Red Rock Canyon just on north/west suburbans.
You can drive 17 miles loop for a fee or take one road earlier for free walk on boardwalk with picnic area.
My brother from Seattle pick the latest for his wedding few years ago, what can give you some impression how nice it is.
Now you are first visitor to CA who is not complaining, that on 12 lanes freeway, the left 10 are blocked by slow drivers
12 lanes can be observed only on few intersections in LA, while in Bay Area the only 12 lanes I recall are at Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. Not too many places around the World will show you 10,000 cars idling in the same direction day after day.
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Thanks for the tips.
Calico ghost town was great.
Some awesome photos and bought some flags to take home.

Have a flag fetish it seems LOL.
Bought American flag,California flag and route 66 one.



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More Vegas dining and exploration info welcomed, we're a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff here.

My A.D.D is kicking in, almost snapped my head off
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Now when in Las Vegas, when you are tired of cassinos, you can take family for hiking to Valley of Fire, about 1 hr of driving north. This time of the year you want to go there when sun start going low and take lot of water.
Similar experience on smaller scale is Red Rock Canyon just on north/west suburbans.
You can drive 17 miles loop for a fee or take one road earlier for free walk on boardwalk with picnic area.
My brother from Seattle pick the latest for his wedding few years ago, what can give you some impression how nice it is.
Now you are first visitor to CA who is not complaining, that on 12 lanes freeway, the left 10 are blocked by slow drivers
12 lanes can be observed only on few intersections in LA, while in Bay Area the only 12 lanes I recall are at Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. Not too many places around the World will show you 10,000 cars idling in the same direction day after day.
14 lanes across at some parts of the 405 and sat on 85/90 all way out to Vegas

Getting hot.

I didn't take photo. (Cough).

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More Vegas dining and exploration info welcomed, we're a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff here.

My A.D.D is kicking in, almost snapped my head off
Did you get one of those tourist books for Vegas? We did the first time there and it helped. There really is so much going on.
We went to a couple of shows. One was comp'ed and another we got tickets at the half off place across from the Monte Carlo. Lots of shows but pricey. Blue Man Group was fun. You probably would already, but I suggest using the valet at the various casinos and tipping. Just made life so much easier.
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as I mention before, farther you go from the Strip, better dinner pricing you get.
We prefer buffets with our sons.
Railroad casino is a bit far, but they offer home-like cooking and I think Friday is their seafood day, what is the best deal in the area (followed by waiting lines).
Midweek with lot of time you can go to M casino for their buffet that include wine and beer.
Weekend can generate 2 hr waiting time there.
North part of strip has couple of casinos that depends of the day have their special.
Than if you don't mind dining after 10 PM, Freemont street has lot of $6 steak dinners that last till 3 AM. The Paradise buffet there is good whole day.
If you really want to show off to your family, take them to Belagio buffet.
Shows as Michael said can be expensive. I would put Celine on top of the list.
Have seen her twice and it is experience.
Big price on Elton and it was slight disappointment.
Circus De Sole is always good bet. I loved "The Love" but than I grew up when Beatles have been still singing together.
And again, if you like nature, Valley of Fire is one of this World wonder. Drive to the very end past visitor center and take 1.5 mile loop in late afternoon.
The Indian shop at freeway exit offers some souvenirs and good selection of booze.
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We're going to drink by the pool today and hit Fremont st tonight.

Being from Oz,we're used to getting up 6-7am and this place is the opposite LOL.

I'm going to top golf and maybe the shooting range, my son wants to shoot some automatic rifles (14yr old never seen a gun or rifle close up).

Daughter's feet are sore so the pool day suits her

We'll do valley of fire for sure, probably next day or so in between lunch and evening out times.
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