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Budget Travel in Los Angeles

Budget Travel in Los Angeles
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Los Angeles can be experienced on the cheap: there is memorable sight-seeing here and great affordable ethnic food. Generally speaking, prices rise as you head west in the city. (Don't let this keep you away from the ocean; the Pacific is a must see and no one can charge admission.) The Getty Center is included here as it's affordable–you just pay for parking–and it is a whole lotta museum!

My other guides (especially L.A. Beaches, Walks, and Affordable Restaurants) supplement the selection here.

The days of this list are organized with this content:

Day 1 --- Downtown Sites
Day 2 --- Hollywood/Westside Sites
Day 3 --- Lodging read more about Budget Travel in Los Angeles... Read More

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week
Destination(s): La Jolla

While it might be ideal to stop at every restaurant on this year's San Diego Restaurant Week list, we know that's not going to happen. Nonetheless, we've comprised this fall's list in its entirety to help you choose which meals - priced at $20, $30 and $40 a meal - will satisfy your taste buds to the extreme. Bon Apettite! read more about San Diego Restaurant Week... Read More

Romance in the Southland

Romance in the Southland
Destination(s): Beverly Hills

If you are looking for good views, classy places, good service, and an all around romantic time, here are some options for you in the Los Angeles area.

Day 1: Dining
Day 2: Hotels

Photo courtesy of Keith Cooper read more about Romance in the Southland... Read More

La Jolla, on a budget

La Jolla, on a budget
Destination(s): La Jolla

La Jolla is known for its lavish facilities, the name means The Jewel, however do not let that fool you into thinking that it is too expensive. In fact this destination on the Pacific Coast is bursting with incentives and discounts. You can still experience the refined art of the Museum of Contemporary Art, for free. You can experience all the majesty of the mighty Pacific Ocean, for free, and you can have a great time shopping at all the La Jolla hot spots, this stop however is free depending on how well you can control yourself. You may be thinking that you will have to sacrifice and settle for a lower class hotel, however this is not true the La Jolla Inn will treat you like a star, and they have complimentary breakfast, whats not to like. read more about La Jolla, on a budget... Read More

Best After-Hours Eats in LA

Best After-Hours Eats in LA
Destination(s): Hollywood

The eateries collected here serve food until at least 1:30am; some are even open 24 hours a day. They are great places for a late night snack!

(Photo of the Original Pantry courtesy of Kevitivity on flickr) read more about Best After-Hours Eats in LA... Read More

Best of San Diego's Breakfast Spots

Best of San Diego's Breakfast Spots
Destination(s): San Diego

If you love eggs, fried potatos, local veggies and a big, steaming cup of Joe look no further that this San Diego guide to the Best of San Diego's Breakfast Spots. Searching the county far and wide, San Diego NileGuide has pulled together favorites from Gaslamp, North County beaches, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and more to serve up delicious entrees and local finds. read more about Best of San Diego's Breakfast Spots... Read More

La Jolla, "The Jewel" of San Diego

La Jolla, "The Jewel" of San Diego
Destination(s): Del Mar

San Diego is an extremely romantic destination, with its combination of beautiful weather and naturally breath taking views. You and your lover will be sure to enjoy the sensous undertones as you take a journey together through relaxing spas at Beauty Kliniek, enjoy the finest Italian foods at Barone's Trattoria Del Mare, and sip on fine Italian wines by an intimate fire at Stingaree. These amazing days only get better because you will be spending your nights at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, one of the most romantic hotels in La Jolla. read more about La Jolla, "The Jewel" of San Diego... Read More

Los Angeles Hikes

Los Angeles Hikes
Destination(s): Los Angeles

Although you may not guess it, there is great hiking very close to the City of Angels. The Los Angeles basin is located immediately next to the rugged Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountain ranges. Outdoor adventure is at hand.

Day 1 -- Malibu and Westside
Day 2 -- near Hollywood
Day 3 -- near Pasadena

Also check out my guide Los Angeles Gardens to find more places to stroll. read more about Los Angeles Hikes... Read More

Family Fun in San Diego (Kid Friendly SD)

Family Fun in San Diego (Kid Friendly SD)
Destination(s): San Diego

There isn't a getaway in San Diego that can't be done without the children in tow. With tons of internationally recognized attractions that celebrate the young and young at heart, as well as eateries and playful activities that get the whole family involved, shuffling around the children during a weekend in San Diego might be tiresome but is enjoyable for all. read more about Family Fun in San Diego (Kid Friendly SD)... Read More

It's an Orange Adventure

It's an Orange Adventure
Destination(s): Dana Point

Orange County is a beautiful nestled in the bustling Southern California. It is definitely not to be overlooked for it boasts a multitude of great activities. It is centrally located with great access to both the majestic Pacific Ocean as well as the harsh deserts of California. There are many state parks and preserves in this area as well, such as Laguna Niguel Regional Park, or the Corona del Mar State Beach. The Ocean Institute is another great stop to make. Along the way your taste buds will have a trip of their own visiting the likes of Flamingo's Mexican Grill and Bar, Cowboy Seafood, and Brio Tuscany Grille,just to name a few. After this trip you will be sure to be saying "orange you glad we came". read more about It's an Orange Adventure... Read More