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Rolling Around Los Angeles for 36 Hours

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A November 2004 trip to Los Angeles by fallschirmhosen

Six Flags Magic Mountain Photo, Valencia, California More Photos
Quote: Most people think that going to L.A. for less than 2 days is a waste of time, and that not much can be completed in such a short time. This journal hopes to prove them wrong.

Sylmar, CA

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Good Nite Inn Sylmar

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Hotel | "Good Nite Inn"

Good Nite Inn Sylmar Photo, Sylmar, California
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This is a budget hotel for the traveler who does not mind a small room and less-than-perfect accommodations. Located in Sylmar, one minute off I-5 at the Roxford Road exit, the hotel is ideally situated if you're visiting anything north of Los Angeles (e.g. Six Flags, Universal Studios, Hollywood, etc.). It's only 10 minutes from Six Flags and 15 minutes from Universal Studios. Each room is somewhat small (hey, you get what you pay for). A queen-size bed, table with two chairs, dresser, and TV snugly fit inside the bedroom. There is no closet, but there is a decent-size clothes rack with hangers. The sink is not located inside the bathroom, but right outside instead. There are complime...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Good Nite Inn Sylmar
12835 Encinitas Ave
Sylmar, California 91342
(818) 362-8899

El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant: Restaurant

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Restaurant | "El Chaparral"

El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant: Restaurant Photo, Los Angeles, California
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In the suburb of Sylmar, I did not find many places to eat. Or maybe I should say that I did not find many places that looked appealing to eat at. However, El Chaparral, a Mexican restaurant, was definitely appealing from the outside and inside. The inside dining area looks as if it can hold hundreds of people. On my visit, late on a Saturday night, the place was nearly empty, so I got a nice booth all to myself. The decor is rather simple, although there were many large paintings of Mexican leaders of some sort on the wall. I do not know who they were, but they looked mean and powerful. To start you off, they give you free tortilla chips with homemade salsa. It was some of t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant: Restaurant
13763 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 91342
(818) 367-5979

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction | "Six Flags Magic Mountain-Part 1"

Six Flags Magic Mountain Photo, Valencia, California
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Six Flags Magic Mountain has always been one of those places that shows up on the Travel Channel's list of top amusement parks for roller coasters. So, since I visited Cedar Point last year to check out the coasters, I figured I'd check out Magic Mountain to see how it compares. Overall, it is a mighty fine park. Like Cedar Point, it has a ton of roller coasters to choose from. And, for those who cannot stomach the coasters and thrill rides, there are plenty of smaller rides, games, and snack bars to spend your day at. There aren't as many coasters as at Cedar Point, but there is definitely enough to keep you busy all day. Below is a list of what I rode:Deja Vu (Roller ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction | "Six Flags Magic Mountain-Part 2"

Six Flags Magic Mountain Photo, Valencia, California
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Superman The Escape (Thrill Ride) Like The Riddler's Revenge, this ride is also dubbed the "tallest and fastest" in its category (thrill rides). Basically, you sit in a car that holds 11 people, and then it propels you from zero to maybe 60 to 80mph down a track. The adrenaline pumps as you see this huge vertical climb ahead of you, and you know you'll be going stright up this track in just a few seconds, unlike the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, which gave you no time to see the huge vertical climb ahead of you (420 feet). After being accelerated, you then shoot 90 degrees straight up on the track until gravity takes over. Then, you're pulled backwards (by gravity) back to the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction | "Six Flags Magic Mountain-Part 3"

Six Flags Magic Mountain Photo, Valencia, California
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X (Roller Coaster) Simply called "X," I'd have to say that this roller coaster is definitely something you won't see anywhere else. They use the letter "X" to describe everything about this ride . . ."X-treme," "X-hilarating," X-cetera . . . I mean, etcetera. What is also X-treme about this ride, like Goliath, is the line-another 2.5-hour (or more) wait. After riding Goliath and not being extremely impressed, I was hoping this wait would be worth it. Boy, was it! First, the track is very wide, and instead of sitting down, you actually lay down in the chairs . . . sort of. The way it is designed, the cars are on an axel and can flip 180 degrees. It's hard to notice what actually ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

Inexpensive/Free Things To Do

Universal Studios

Universal Studios-Louie's Pizza and Pasta

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Universal Studios-Louie's Pizza and Pasta Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Universal Studios is all about movies and television and how what we see on the big screen and our televisions is often an illusion. For instance, a city street movie set looks like a real city street, although it is just cardboard and foam. Well, Louie's Pizza and Pasta continues this tradition of illusions with their fake Italian food. The place is made to look like an old-fashioned Italian restaurant, complete with portraits of Louie and his wife. The photos of the food on the menu look amazing. But, then you look below the photos and see the actual food, served cafeteria-style. For starters, the portions you get are much smaller than what the photos suggest. And, although it looks somewhat ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Universal Studios-Louie's Pizza and Pasta
Universal Studios at 100 Universal City Plaza
Los Angeles, California 91608
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Universal Studios Hollywood

Attraction | "Universal Studios-Citywalk"

Universal Studios Hollywood Photo, Universal City, California
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Just outside the Universal Studios Theme Park lies their Citywalk. Basically, it is a mob scene of restaurants, stores, theaters, and vendors packed together to form an outdoor mall. Although very busy, it is definitely a place where you can find what you want. Examples of some stores are Abercrombie & Fitch, Electronics Boutique, Billabong, and Fossil. For food, you can get everything from coffee at Starbucks, steak at Tony Roma's, to greasy burgers at the Hard Rock Cafe. In addition, there is an IMAX theater too, which was showing a 3-D version of The Polar Express during my visit. Citywalk is ideal for getting away from the kiddie-world of the Theme Park and to grab some good fo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 864 837-725

Universal Studios Hollywood

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Attraction | "Universal Studios-Theme Park-Part 1"

Universal Studios Hollywood Photo, Universal City, California
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The Universal Studios Theme Park is fun for both adults and children. If you're seeking big roller coasters and thrill rides, this is NOT your place. The rides here are very tame, but you can learn a lot about Universal Studios in the process. They do have an option for a Front of the Line ticket (which is exactly as the name says). It is probably a good deal on a very busy day, but on slow days, like when I was there, the ticket is a waste of money. Studio Tour The most informative and interesting attraction is the Studio Tour. In fact, I took it twice . . .once to sit on the left side of the tram and once to sit on the right side. For about 45 minutes, four-car...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 864 837-725

Universal Studios Hollywood

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Attraction | "Universal Studios-Theme Park-Part 2"

Universal Studios Hollywood Photo, Universal City, California
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Backdraft This short show goes into detail about the making of the movie Backdraft. There are three stages to the show, two of which describe fire and how they made the movie, and then the last stage of the show is an all-out live show with lots of fire. Basically, they set the stage on fire and things blow up. It's pretty interesting, but (obviously) very well-rehearsed and scripted so that nothing goes out of control. Revenge of the Mummy (Roller Coaster) This is the only real roller coaster at Universal. Also, it is indoors. Unlike a real roller coaster, however, this one uses small cars that hold about 16 people. It twists and turns in co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 864 837-725

Griffith Park--Harding & Wilson Courses

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Attraction | "Griffith Park"

Griffith Park--Harding & Wilson Courses Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Close to downtown West Hollywood and Universal City is the most amazing park you'll find in Los Angeles-Griffith Park. Within the park are dozens upon dozens of miles of hiking trails, lots of nature to observe (they have a zoo, too), the Hollywood sign, and million-dollar views of Los Angeles and the surrounding area, from the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean.. On my visit, I hiked the Mt. Hollywood trail from the Griffith Observatory. At a steady pace, the hike can be completed in less than an hour and a half. The start of the trail is on a regular path, either at Fern Dell or the Observatory. Eventually, you will come across and cement brid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Griffith Park--Harding & Wilson Courses
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
+1 323 664 2255

Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Santa Monica Pier is a place to hang out, eat, play games, go on some rides, and even fish. Located right at the end of Colorado Avenue, the pier is basically a city on stilts. Just like the city it is located in, it is a hot spot for teens and anyone else looking for a restaurant, bar, or place to shop. It is packed with people, especially at night. On my visit, I did not do the typical touristy thing . . . eating, drinking, riding some rides, etc. I met a group of wacky fishermen who took me to the end of the pier for some shark fishing. I didn't catch any sharks, or anything else for that matter, but it was interesting to experience the pier with a group of local guys doing something y...Read More

Sunset Boulevard

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Sunset over the Pacific Photo, Los Angeles, California
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If you're not pressed for time and are not in a hurry to be somewhere specific, I suggest going for a drive down Sunset Boulevard. On my journey, I started in West Hollywood and followed the road all the way to the end, which is right at the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll pass some of the most famous and amazing sights Los Angeles has to offer. If you like comedy, you'll pass The Laugh Factory, and then a few blocks later is The Comedy Store. Continuing west, you'll enter Beverly Hills and see the famous Beverly Hills sign. Look for Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Hills Hotel (on your right). At this point, the road gets very twisty, so be careful. Not too long after going through Beverly Hil...Read More