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picking up my step sister Meghan after returning from China!

Of course, I had to go to Huntington Beach prior to going to the airport. I have been to Huntington Beach several times and it is definitely where the action is. I loved everything about Huntington Beach. The warm weather and numerous activites many free makes it is a beach that everyone wants to see. Stroll along the beach and on the pier watch the surfers, play volleyball or take part in other activities. Curfew is at midnight. If you cannot make it to the beach check out the live web cam http://hbcams.com/The Huntington Beach Pier is located at the end of Main Street where the street continues past Pacific Coast Highway to the beach. It is one of the longest public piers on the West Coast and is known as Surf City USA made famous by Jan and Dean's song.  It is a popular place for surfers. You can drop a line and fish off the pier without a fishing license. At night roast marshmallows and hotdogs in the fire pits. The sandy beaches are met with waves & clear water to play in.  The sandy beaches are perfect for a volleyball game or to toss around a fisbee. The three of us walked along the beach, waded in the ocean and window shopped. The ocean air and cool breeze is so inviting.

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The Milk and Honey Coffee shop located at 438 Main Street in Huntington Beach is a good alternative for Starbucks. I like small local owned coffee shops. Another good place to check out is Mangiamo Gelato Cafe located at 122 Main Street. 

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Walking Huntington Beach we stopped in at the International Surfing Museum located at 411 Olive. It is open 12 pm to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday with a $2 entrance fee.  Continuing on our walk  the we came across the Main Street Library and Triangle park.  I like looking at old architecture. This area has some nice places to see like a stand alone jail cell built in 1916, M.E. Helme House Furnishing Co building (this building is the only unaltered pre 1910 commercial buildings in town), the Community Bible Church and the legendary Surf Theater. The Community Bible Church was the First Baptist Church built in 1906. You don't have to walk like we did you can ride the surf city shuttle bus for free from mid June to September. If you do feel like walking or rollerblading check out the boardwalk running along the beach to Newport Beach. 

 Our next stop was the Bradbury Building located at 304 South Broadway at West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. Entering the Bradbury Building I was stuck with awe as the natural light flooded in through the skylit atrium. The building is a five story building with walkways, stairs and elevators and lots of wood and ornate ironwork. The building was made famous in the movie Blade Runner. The Bradbury Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is free to see this hidden gem and I highly recommend seeing it.

Existing the Bradbury Building we saw another historic place, the Victor Clothing Co. mural displaying Anthony Quinn cavorting for his favorite clothing line. 

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Next we went to Little Tokyo, a major cultural and civic center located in downtown L.A. The area is about five city blocks, bounded on the west by Los Angeles Street, on the east by Alameda Street, on the south by 3rd Street, and on the north by 1st Street, including the block north of 1st and west of Alameda.  Little Tokyo is the home of the annual Nisei Weekfestival, and was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. Little Tokyo hosts its annual Nisei Week Festival during the summer to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Little Tokyo community featuring free outdoor entertainment, music, cultural exhibits, food, and is an event for people of all ages.  We walked through the Little Tokyo Galleria to see the speciality stores. I could spend the whole day at the Little Tokyo Galleria and still not see everthing. We walked to the Japanese American National Museum; admission $10 adults and it is located at 100 North Central Ave.

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We ended the day by going to the OUE Skyspace to see the 360 degree view from 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. The daily tickets are $19 for adults with other pricing options if you want to enjoy the skyslide. It is an awesome view.

Finally, it was time to pick up Meghan from the airport and then drive back to Phoenix. It was a long day but we saw a lot of things. 

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