By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My husband and I would like to visit Los Angeles and San Diego in September or October for a couple weeks. We would like an escorted tour but could do it on our own. We do not require airfare. Would you kindly suggest a web site where I could find out about escorted tours or where to stay if winging it on our own. I have visited some sites but not getting very far and would appreciate your help.

A: Fall in California is breathtaking. September and October are some of the best months to visit cities like San Diego. Here high season ends September 1 so you’ll avoid the summer crowds and the high season prices. In addition, the fall climate is lovely.

The warm waters make the beaches very inviting. For travel information on your places of interest here’s a quick list of tourism offices as well as some tour suggestions. For L.A. Robin McClain, media relations manager for the City of Angels, recommends visiting her office online at “You can type in all different kinds of information to help plan a vacation.

There are also itineraries listed on the site for self guided tours of LA,” she says and adds, “There are more than 30 companies that offer escorted tours by bus/van and on foot (believe it or not). These companies are all listed in our brand new 2007 Visitor Guide which is free and can be ordered by just logging on to”

For San Diego, the San Diego CVB offers free tourism literature you can obtain when visiting their office online at Some brochures available include the San Diego Visitors Planning Guide, the San Diego Travel Coupons booklet along with other golf and casino publications.

Kate Buska, public relations manager for the San Diego CVB says individual travelers who wish to visit San Diego can use the Bureau's website for details on hotels and tour rates. “On our website, they can click through to all the hotel and tour websites and book online,” she suggests and continues, “With our reservation center in the center of the home page, you can search for hotels based on region of San Diego, price, amenities (pool, free continental breakfast) and more. Just click on "hotels."

For details on the different neighborhoods, try our neighborhood guide ( or beach guide ( These are helpful too.” For easy hop-on, hop-off and lively narration, the Old Town Trolley Tours ( take visitors to major downtown sights such as the Gaslamp Quarter, downtown waterfront and Old Town.

For cost savings, the San Diego CVB offers discounted admission tickets when making an online reservation. “All you have to do is click on the "activities" link in the reservation center on the home page,” says Kate to access the discounts. Lastly, be sure to check out the coupons section on the homepage. You’ll find valuable downloadable coupons for tours, meals and more.


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