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California: Oakland to Los Angeles, where to stay and places to eat?
If I was planning such trip, I would stop overnight in Santa Barbara and eat at Pacific Crepes. I love that place! And Santa Barbara is a gorgeous beach town ;)
Los Angeles: Winter one day trip recommendations for first timers
You should rent a cottage in Big Bear Lake. It's a great place to visit in winter time. There are some nice slopes there too.