L.A. on the cheap: You can fit California into your budget, even with high gas prices

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  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 7, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Yes, there are 100's of fun things to do in the Los Angeles area. But, be prepared. L.A. and Hollywood are great at putting a smiley face on a mess. Gas is up 15 cents this week at 4.20 a gallon. L.A. freeways are, well L.A. freeways. Each off ramp has 1 or 2 people standing around for a handout as do many of those service stations you'll stop at. The sight of trash all over the roads and filthy bridges and overpasses will give you pause as will the graffiti. Make sure your license, registration and insurance is up to date because if you are pulled over your looking at a required 30 day impound and a long walk home with thousands of dollars in charges for the privilage of driving here. Oh, don't forget to have your seat belt on. If your caught with it off your looking at 500 dollars in fines. Hurry to Hollywood walk on the stars then run. You will run into panhandlers, and others to make the visit less pleasant. It's L.A. what can you expect from a mismanaged city. Go to San Diego!

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    May 7, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Sorry, but if I'm driving clear to California, I am gonna go see Mickey!!
    (Although I do love San Francisco)

  • SLCSammy Park City, UT
    May 6, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Fantastic Article! I have wanted to take the family on an LA vacation for ages now, but have been dissuaded by the typical horror stories that we are all more than familiar with (eg. expensive, boring, people will randomly walk up to you on the street and tell you that you are ugly). I KNEW there had to be more to LA than Rodeo Drive and Disney Land. Sounds like there is endless culture to be experienced and fun to be had! Can't wait to book my trip! THANK YOU Ms. Kratz!!!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 6, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    So the D-News is now doing ads disguised as real news?

  • Mom of Five Orem, UT
    May 6, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Yes, you can, but...why? I can think of about 2000 places I'd rather go than California.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    May 6, 2012 8:44 p.m.

    Or forego L.A. and hit S.F. instead. Get a wharf pass and see lots of cool things including a boat tour of the bay and a double decker bus tour of an amazing city with a colorful past. If you have kids, be sure to take them to Golden Gate Park while there. My kids love the playground and cement slide. Also, the Exploratorium is a great interactive science "museum" (doesn't quite fit).

    There is also the Monterey Peninsula: golfing, shopping, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Park and a great kids museum.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    May 6, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    If you are driving, take 99 to I-80 back and stop off at Kings Canyon National Park and see the giant Sequoias (WoW) or Yosemite National Park. Both are gorgeous and worth the side trip. On the way up to Kings Canyons, you can stop by Cat Haven to see the rescued Big Cats they have there (like Cougars).

    If going to Yosemite, stop off in Oakhurst and enjoy some pizza at the original Pizza Factory (the locals just call it "Danny's Pizza" after the owner) or watch a melodrama at the Golden Chain theater.

    Or take a day and tour around Sacramento. There are a lot of historic sights in the downtown area that relate to both the Gold Rush and the railroads, like Sutter's Fort or Old Town Sacramento which contains a fantastic train museum. My kids love that museum. You can also go on a gentle river rafting trip down the American River there. It's a fun day in the sun (bring sunscreen).