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BriAnne
02-01-2007, 12:19 PM
This will be our first time to Coachella, and we are spending 10 days there. Can any locals, or previous visitors tell me some good spots to see?

Is Joshua Tree National Park good? What beaches are the best on the coast? We were thinking of going to Huntington Beach. Are any of the lakes in the area fun?

We are staying in Cathedral City for the 10 days.

Any info you could give us would be greatly appreciated!!

chairmenmeow47
02-01-2007, 12:20 PM
check out idyllwild up in the mountains.

i went to school there, so maybe i'm biased, but it's a pretty place to hike. the art school up there (idyllwild arts academy (http://www.idyllwildarts.org/)) might have events going on to check out too.

hawkingvsreeve
02-01-2007, 12:39 PM
There is a pretty sweet local band called Dude Jones. Check them out.

mob roulette
02-01-2007, 12:42 PM
battle the windmills a la quixote.

kidding.

also the tram to the top of mount whatever is kinda cool and not too touristy, at least when we went.

keriann
02-01-2007, 12:43 PM
All that glitters is gold

TomAz
02-01-2007, 12:44 PM
start your own meth lab

bmack86
02-01-2007, 12:46 PM
Ivy, nice sig.
Joshua Tree can be really cool.

SFChrissy
02-01-2007, 12:47 PM
Joshua tree's a must see, there's a gondala ride up one of the big mountains and hiking, salten see...not really much in that area as for beaches...so cal beaches sux except once you get further south to the capistrano area...

The real california beaches are in NOR-CAL and too much of a drive for you while spending 10 days in Cat City...

Oh have a burrito at Cuca's in Yucaipa/Mentone or Redlands...absolute best burrito in your life!!!

TomAz
02-01-2007, 12:55 PM
The real california beaches are in NOR-CAL

http://www.dkatantarctic.com/Mvc-812xElephantSealVI.jpg

bmack86
02-01-2007, 12:59 PM
If you want the famous california beaches, check out Malibu.

SFChrissy
02-01-2007, 01:01 PM
http://www.dkatantarctic.com/Mvc-812xElephantSealVI.jpg

Sweet...Looks like Ano Nuevo

pewter14
02-01-2007, 01:22 PM
one thing not to do ... go to any of the local casinos ... (Palm Springs / Palm Desert area) ... they suck.

desphrs
02-01-2007, 01:41 PM
one thing not to do ... go to any of the local casinos ... (Palm Springs / Palm Desert area) ... they suck.

Dunno about that... I came out of one a couple hun heavier after some blackjack...

breakjaw
02-01-2007, 03:18 PM
I grew up in that area (Irvine) and recently went back to take my son to Disneyland.One of the most fun days we had was at the old Balboa fun zone.Very nostalgic for me,and IMO the beach is better than Huntington Beach by far.You just take the ferry from Newport Beach(It's like a buck.)

nothingman00
02-01-2007, 03:32 PM
Agua Caliente is a pretty good casino. The downtown casinos suck (for the most part), but I thought Agua Caliente was great. They even had a nice poker room.

Other things:
You can shop on El Paseo (if you're wealthy or are a good thief).
There is a street fair that happens one night a week (Thusday maybe?) where you can just walk around downtown Palm Springs and buy interesting arts/crafts/clothing/jewelry...

If you're staying in Cathedral City, you're pretty much in between Palm Springs and Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage so everything is fairly close to you. I'd recommend eating a sunset dinner in downtown PS (preferably at a place with a patio). It's very comfortable at that time of day and it's semi-bustling when coachella comes around.

BriAnne
02-01-2007, 08:02 PM
has anyone been to huntington beach?? i am curious which beaches are decent that arent TOO far.

bmack86
02-01-2007, 08:31 PM
Huntington is alright, I prefer Newport slightly. look at Breakjaw's recommendation up there.

devachan
02-01-2007, 09:02 PM
has anyone been to huntington beach?? i am curious which beaches are decent that arent TOO far.

Huntington beaches are nice if you go south of Beach Blvd (along PCH). If you head north (from Beach and PCH) to the beaches off of Main Street, it's a little more crowded and not quite as serene. But there are a ton of shops and surfers to watch. The best beaches in the OC, in my opinion, are located in Laguna Beach. During that time of year, you shouldn't encounter too many tourists. Laguna is about a 30-45 min drive south of H.B.

Andreaxyz
02-01-2007, 09:09 PM
If you want the famous california beaches, check out Malibu.

i like venice

devachan
02-01-2007, 09:11 PM
Yeah Venice is cool until you step on an aidz needle.

HorrorLibraryNet
02-01-2007, 11:31 PM
When I went to Coachella for the first time in 2004, we made a day trip to Laguna Beach...and it was really gorgeous. Got a good few miles of beach you can easily walk, not really touristy at all and the town itself is quite charming with lots of artisty shops and great places for dinner. Watching the sun set over the water while perched on a rock in Laguna was a great way to end the weekend. The drive there is really picturesque too.

Oh, and the street fair is on Thursday nights in Palm Springs. Great place to just hang out, get some food from the vendors or at one of dozens of restaurants on the main strip or just people watch. Palm Springs is kinda interesting...totally not what I expected.

Philthy
02-02-2007, 01:22 AM
Places to go in the Springs....


http://palmsprings.com/nightlife/index.html

Philthy
02-02-2007, 01:25 AM
PALM SPRINGS VILLAGEFEST
Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road & Baristo Road
Palm Springs, California
760.320.3781, 760.323.8272

The brainstorm of the late Sonny Bono, the Palm Springs Villagefest is held year-round every Thursday evening from 6 - 10pm. From Amado Road to Baristo, Palm Canyon Drive is sealed off to traffic and becomes a walker's paradise of fresh fruit stands, local restaurant samplings, live music and the best of Palm Spring's artists & craftsmen. The visitors come here for the fantastic deals that are reminiscent of a 1950's flea market and the locals come here to say "Hello" to each other. A true Palm Springs experience and not to be missed.

Courtney
02-02-2007, 06:18 AM
Pioneertown... does that place still exist?

CuervoPH
02-02-2007, 06:23 AM
We stayed in Cathedral City for Coachella '06. We drove down to San Diego on Friday and spent some time there and did the Joshua Tree thing on Monday. I definitely second or third the other recommends above on Joshua Tree.

We're staying in Cathedral City again this year and will probably do the street fair in Palm Springs on Thursday night.

BriAnne
02-02-2007, 06:24 AM
what time of year are the beaches (ie. laguna, huntington) the most crowded with tourists?

BriAnne
02-02-2007, 06:25 AM
thanks for all the info everyone, btw. Anything is better than the cold canadian winters we have!!

Courtney
02-02-2007, 06:34 AM
what time of year are the beaches (ie. laguna, huntington) the most crowded with tourists?

The summer months, but especially August.

Coachellian
02-02-2007, 06:45 AM
if you are in the LA area during your travels...visit amoeba records on sunset blvd.

devachan
02-02-2007, 11:29 AM
what time of year are the beaches (ie. laguna, huntington) the most crowded with tourists?

After July 4th until Labor Day, every weekend is pretty much a pain (to me anyway). Visiting during the week is your best bet if you decide to travel here in July or August.

bug on your lip
02-02-2007, 11:36 AM
i'm going to make a stop at Schoolio's place & eat some of his Cheese Nips

fortydollarsworthofmeat
02-02-2007, 12:08 PM
check out idyllwild up in the mountains.

i went to school there

ivy, i just looked at this website, and saw this:


Tuition: For the 2006-07 school year, boarding student tuition is $39,950 (includes room and board) and day student tuition is $24,950 (includes lunch).

holy fucking shitty, dude.

Courtney
02-02-2007, 01:07 PM
Wow, including lunch, really? How generous!

:poo :poo :poo

BriAnne
02-02-2007, 07:04 PM
are any of the lakes in the area worth it??

RockaPotaMus
02-03-2007, 05:51 PM
I kinda like this place it is in Palm Desert. They have a cool minature train set up too.

http://www.livingdesert.org/

LA is about a 2 hour drive, just to give you an idea if your staying in Cathedral City, you'll be up and down the freeways.

There is also the Santa Monica Pier, a bit farther up the coast, but has stuff to do, like amusement rides . . . http://www.santamonicapier.org/

E-rock
02-04-2007, 05:02 PM
Go to Long Beach...."It's Newport on crack!"

keriann
02-04-2007, 05:59 PM
Yeah, no, don't go to Long Beach

SneakySneak
02-06-2007, 11:27 PM
Stay as long as you need to in Cathedral City for Coachella. Afterwards, get the hell outta there, and stay closer to the beach. Cathedral City is close to nothing in terms of the typical tourist attractions - Disneyland, beaches, Hollywood - you're looking at a 2-3 hour drive minimum to reach those places. Just my $0.02

leo01g
02-07-2007, 09:25 AM
I think La Jolla beach is the nicest out of all southern cal beaches, its right by san diego which also has lots to do. If you dont want to go that far from Indio, Morongo Casino is also really close or other casinos theres a lot.

leo01g
02-07-2007, 09:27 AM
No, Long Beach is ugly, trust me dont go there, the only thing there to see is the queen mary and th aquarium...lame! They have some of the shittiest beaches

Yablonowitz
02-07-2007, 10:05 AM
No, Long Beach is ugly, trust me dont go there, the only thing there to see is the queen mary and th aquarium...lame! They have some of the shittiest beaches

That's what she said.

chairmenmeow47
02-07-2007, 10:17 AM
ivy, i just looked at this website, and saw this:



holy fucking shitty, dude.


you're telling me! thank god i had an art scholarship :)

TomAz
02-07-2007, 10:18 AM
that's what she said.

jimmycrackcorn
02-25-2007, 10:24 AM
if you are an active/outdoors type there are lots of great hikes in the coachella valley of ALL difficulty levels... i recommend painted canyon or ladder canyon in the mecca hills just a few miles from coachella... there are lots of nice places to see, here's a pic of me & the homies back in the days at the waterfall in tahquitz canyon (it's closed off nowadays except for guided tours but back in the days you could party in non-chlorinated, non-salted water for free all day long)... im in cat city hit me up and i can tell you more places or more details -waves-
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