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    Parque Llanganates in Ecuador

    Hmmmmm. You may want to contact Jascivan at Tropiceco.com. He knows the country inside out and would be a good start. about 8 years ago

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    What are your favorite places to eat in the Bay Area?

    Lots of suggestions peppered in similar questions but my faves in SF: Chez Spencer, Zuni, Cotogno, Perbacco. In East Bay: Lalimes, Corso, Gather, Adesso, Wood Tavern. about 8 years ago

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    Flying from Toronto, looking for suggestions for 5 day trip in September in US, where would you recommend and top sights to see?

    Virgin has a direct flight to SFO, so that's one area to consider: SF city, wine country, coastal drive along Hwy 1 in either north direction through Marin and Pt Reyes and south to Santa Cruz. Lots to see in-between! about 8 years ago

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    What are the best places to visit in CA for a 6-day vacation?

    And also search other Ls Angeles questions/answers as there is more information in there too! about 8 years ago

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    What should I see in Michigan?

    If you can manage a trip to Ann Arbor, it would make for a nice day. Go to Zingermanns! Outside of Detrot is Ferndale, funky town with a great market, and music scene. about 8 years ago

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    What are the best places to visit in CA for a 6-day vacation?

    I trust you are renting a car to get around. Lots to see and do in LA from checking out the beach towns from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica (Manhattan Beach is a nice spot to have lunch) and the Abbot Kinney area is very cool for unique shops and good food. Downtown LAs Union Station has a great market and food stalls ( there is a French one that is fab), walk through Japantown, and of course, Hollywood/Sunset Blvd. The Griffith Observatory was restored recenly, and it glorios architecture with great views. If you like the outdoors, then one of the best urban hikes is Runyan Canyon right above Hollywood. Good hour loop to get a taste of fit Los angelinos jogging and walking their dogs; great views too! Sunset Junction is good for restaurants (cafe Stella) and bars, as is Las Feliz. I'm a big fan Hotel Figueroa fora poolside cocktail, and Chateau Marmont for brunch. Good hotel is Farmers Daughter in the Grove, reasonable, good and safe. For other places on the other days, you can look at heading East towards Palm Springs or south to San Diego ( or do a loop) . Heading North, you can explore the canyons and hotspring spas in Ojai, or take a wend through the wine country of Santa Barbara/ San Luis Obispo. Topanga Canyon north of LA is very funky, still in the 60s with a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating spread over the different levels overlooking the creek, Inn of the 7th Ray. If you like museums, don't miss the Getty. about 8 years ago

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    I am going to Portland, OR in 3 weeks for work. Could you recommend good dinner spots to experience the best local vibe?

    One of my FAVORITE cities to eat in! Jakes on SW Stark and 13th is a classic Portland seafood place; very old school, but I like to sidle up to the bar for a meal and a well made cocktail. Clyde Common is modern, local, fresh fare, good crowd, light and airy space. Food trucks are on O Bryant Sq I believe. Name a cuisine and there's a truck offering it! Pearl district is chocka with places. I like Andina (Peruvian) great space, and beautifully prepared food. Gruner on SW 12, Austrian fare, fabulous spot and meal. For breakfast food-don;t miss the Pearl Bakery, and quirky"bike messenger' type of place is Voodoo Doughnut-walk in only, cool grungy spot with a wonderful maple and bacon doughnut. It is also near Stumptown Coffee which makes a great cup. Over on the other side of the river on Burnside (NE) is the funky log cabin, young vibe Doug Fir Lounge. about 8 years ago

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    Driving up LA to Portland. it takes about 3 days or so if you take your time with it. any suggestions for great places to stop, eat, rest

    I take it you will be taking Highway 5 no? I have always liked stopping in Manteca for a bite. Further up 5 you will pass Woodland, very rural farm labourer town with tackle and feed shops. Not an architectural gem, but it does give you a glimpse of its old western past. One place I LOVED there is Las Islitas Ostioneria, the kind of place you'd drive by especially as it abuts a dieing shopping mall with only a department store (JC Penny?) It's a large family restaurant specializing in seafood (yes, in Woodland) that is fresh. Huge bloody mary/beer type cocktails, and traditional Mexican music. Great atmosphere and very local. If you want something more upmarket, then take the wee detour of of 5 to Winters. Another great town, cute small downtown that has preserved the original buildings. Buckhorn on one corner and the wonderful Putah Creek Cafe opposite are good places to eat. Redding is a funky town, with a few points of interest such as the river front historic park with a bridge designed by Calatrava (who knew?!) On weekends they have a cute farmers market. Further up is Dunsmuir, a terrific old town, with a train museum (I think even a hotel with train cars as rooms), foothills, trails and volcano country. Great place to stay the night, but that would be a long day from LA and turn a three drive into 2! If you are going to dip into Hwy 101 at all, Healdsburg and wine country are a nice place to consider a pit stop, Santa Rosa or Healdsburg. about 8 years ago