Tehachapi and LA
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 8:27 AM Last Post By: BubbaK
Dec 19, 2012 11:20 AM
Tehachapi and LAHello fellow travelers,
My boyfriends family recently moved to Tehachapi and we will be visiting them and then going into LA. I'm just looking for fun and exciting things to do. We are open to any suggestions. We will be in Tehachapi for a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in January. Then a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in LA. I've looked at trip advisor and other websites for the best things to do in LA but wasn't really excited about much of those. Then for another weekend we are going to a beach.
We have plans to go to the zoo, observatory, Rodeo drive, and of course Hollywood.
Any MUST-eat restaurants that are affordable.
Thank you in advance
Dec 19, 2012 1:04 PM
- I hope by "going to a beach" you don't mean sunbathing. It's not that type of weather in Southern California in January and it could be raining on top of that.
- Santa Monica/Venice Beach areas are walkable and generally a highlight for most tourists. They're part of LA, so not sure why you're not including it on your list of must-sees. You should dedicate a day to this. Not sure if you meant these areas by "beach" or some other area, but if it's these areas, there is no need to switch hotels.
- Where are you staying?
- The touristy parts of Hollywood takes 10 mins to see. Most people try to check out West Hollywood and the surrounding areas on top of this. If you looked on TripAdvisor, you probably have seen the list. What are your interests? It's hard to say what you'll consider "exciting" since you're not providing any information. Consider The Grove, Melrose Ave, Sunset Strip, LACMA/LaBrea Tarpits.
- Other areas of interest include Old Town Pasadena/Huntington Gardens, Downtown LA/Union Station/Little Tokyo, Westwood/UCLA, Universal Studios.
- There are hundreds of amazing restaurants in LA that are affordable. It's an enormous city. You can look up lists to figure and narrow things down. It's hard to recommend anything without some sort of parameters, i.e. neighborhood, type of food, atmosphere, etc. Start with something like this and plan according to your itineraries: http://www.urbanspoon.com/pr/5/1/LA/Cheap-Eats.html www.Yelp.com is also good for sorting by neighborhood, price, type of food, etc and best rated.
Dec 19, 2012 5:13 PM
2Red Rock Canyon State Park is about 45 minutes from Tehachapi.
Alabama Hills / Whitney Portal - 2 hours each way.
Lake Isabella is close. Take Caliente Creek road and enjoy the drive.
There might be some sort of motor racing, testing, or other activity down at Willow Springs, just w. of Rosamond.
Death Valley is 3 hours each way and would make a nice day trip or even overnight adventure. (Take the scenic route through Ridgecrest, Trona, Ballarat, and Wildrose Canyon.) Plenty of hiking and scenery.
Edwards AFB has a museum full of interesting airplanes. They hold a public tour twice a month.
Lancaster and particularly Palmdale are to be avoided!
Dec 19, 2012 5:19 PM
3Theres not much in Tehachapi itself. Some things to do in the surroundingarea include visiting the airplane graveyard in Mojave, or the rock formations and petroglyps near Trona. A trip up to Kernville could be nice,as well as visiting deep creek hot springs by Hesperia. You could also visit a windmill farm.
As for LA, letting us know more about you, like how old you are (over 21?) and what you consider "fun and exciting" (bungee jumping, go-karts, casinos, strip joints, concerts, shopping) would help us pinpoint places to go and things to do. Try looking on-line for a calendar of events to see if there is anything special going on, like this https://www.facebook.com/events/292269384148924/
Dec 20, 2012 8:27 AM
4Not much going on in Tehachapi? Maybe they forgot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehachapi_Loop
It will likely be cold. Youl may get snow. Friends were driving south on I-5 from San Jose area to L.A., and I-5 was temporarily closed by snow, so they book Hwy. 58 over Tehachapi Pass, and hit a fair amount of snow (though road was open). Red Rock Canyon State Park, Lake Isabella and Alabama Hills are, indeed, scenic, assuming the weather is decent. L.A. is a huge, spread-out urban area, but assumingyou're going to Hollywood or Anahei, etc. you should allow at least a couple of hours (much more if going into L.A. area on a weekday morning, since there is a fair amount of rush hour traffic, pretty much any route you take).
There are lots of Web sites on regstaurants. Would need to know what you consider affordable, what type of food you want and what areas you'll go to. By "the observatory," I assume you mean Griffith Park. With distances and traffic involved, you could need at least a couple of days to see all you want to see.
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