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My 2,000-Mile Trip Out West

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A June 2005 trip to Los Angeles by Alaina698

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Quote: My fiancé, his brother, and I set out from Ohio in a Ford Expedition. We picked up their mom, her boyfriend, and his son in California, and then his brother's girlfriend flew out. It turned into a wild trip!

Mexican Riviera Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Riviera"

Mexican Riviera Restaurant Photo, Los Angeles, California
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When I walked in, the first thing I noticed was all of the gorgeous colors and cool murals on the walls. The second thing I noticed was how incredibly crowded it was! There was barely room to stand. We got some drinks from the bar first and only had to wait about 10 minutes before our table was ready. The wait staff is super nice here! We got to our table and looked at the menus. They have a huge menu! I ordered the chicken quesadillas, since I was told by my fiancé’s brother that they are the best. Well, he was right, but I figured that it would be hard to mess up a quesadilla. The second time we went, it was a little earlier in the day and a weekday. It didn't matter, as they were still pa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2005

Mexican Riviera Restaurant
4239 Pacific Coast Highway
Los Angeles, California 90505
(310) 373-6600

Napa Valley Wine Tastings

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Attraction

Napa Valley Wine Tastings Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Driving winery to winery is a great family activity - really! We had six adults and a 13-year-old. The wineries all have alternate beverages served in nice glasses for underagers. First, we went to the Domaine-Chandon Winery. They specialize in Sparkling wine (otherwise known as champagne). Here, you pay $5 and get to taste four wines, and then you keep your glass as a souvenir. Now, I'm not much of a champagne drinker, so I wasn't really very into this winery. However, it has very beautiful scenery, including a little rock garden fashioned into mushrooms. Next, we went to the Robert Mondavi Winery (much more my style!). My fiance and I tried a 1996 reserve Cabernet, and it was wonderful! Here,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2005

Napa Valley Wine Tastings
California Drive
Napa Valley, California

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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Attraction | "Huntington Library"

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Huntington is more than just an art museum. When you walk in (admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids), you can go into a museum that consists of first edition books and manuscripts from famous authors from all over the world. They have the Guttenberg Bible first printing, Canterbury Tales, some Mark Twain, Emily Dickenson, Harriet Tubman, and Henry David Thoreau, among many others! The other half of this building is devoted to antique furniture, spoon, and coin collections from different time periods. Outside of this first museum, you can walk through the different gardens. It starts with the Desert Garden, which makes you feel just like you are in the desert! We were a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2005

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
Los Angeles, California 91108
(626) 405-2100

Venice City Beach

Attraction | "Venice Beach"

Venice City Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This is one of the coolest places I have ever been! It's like a 5-mile party! Besides being the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, there are some of the coolest people there. You will see everything from a man in a Lord of the Rings costume to a homeless guy claiming to be "the biggest wino." It is so much fun! You can rent bikes to cruise around on, or you can rollerblade or skateboard. It has been used in movies like crazy. If you have ever heard of Muscle Beach, you can see it (and the totally hot guys) for yourself! It truly is the most awesome beach experience you will ever see!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Venice City Beach
1531 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 399-2775