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Old Posted Aug 14, 2008, 9:58 PM
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Long Beach, CA

So, is Long Beach to LA what Oakland is to San Francisco? Underappreciated, overlooked gem? According to the owners of the B&B I stayed at, it is. And I have to agree. Too bad I didn't get to see as much as I'd like between shuttling my sister and mom between UCLA campus tours and Disneyland. Anyway, I give you Long Beach, California's fifth largest city!



































































































































































































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Tour of California

1: Los Angeles, 2: Hollywood, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, 3: Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, 4: San Jose, 5: San Diego, 6: Fresno, 7: Stockton, Modesto, 8: Gold Country, 9: Eureka, Arcata, 10: Monterey, Carmel, 11: Santa Cruz, 12: Sacramento Pt One, 13: Sacramento Pt Two, 14: Roseville & Folsom, 15: Concord & Walnut Creek, 16: Tri-Valley, 17: Berkeley, Emeryville, 18: Fremont, 19: Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo Alto, 20: Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo, 21: Oakland, 22: Benicia, Vallejo, 23: Napa, St. Helena, 24: Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, 25: San Rafael, 26: Larkspur, Mill Valley, 27: Sausalito, Tiburon, 28: Hollister, San Juan Bautista
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Old Posted Aug 14, 2008, 10:46 PM
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Holeee Chiiit! Man, superb tour. I've always been interested with Long Beach and the periphery of Los Angeles, it's good to see it's MSA area and it's satellite cities. Thanks!

It also has a few interesting low-mid rises too. More to come ?
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Nice city! Love the modern office buildings!!!
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Great job! Looks pretty good to me!
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I love Long Beach... when I used to live there we'd hang out on 4th street???Could be wrong with the street as it has been a long time since I lived there but it was kind of bohemian in feel and direction wise a bit east and a little north of Downtown. The city has a more laid back vibe but I wouldn't say it is underappreciated. It also has one of the better pride festivals out there with its location right on the beach.

Thanks for the wonderful photos!

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Long Beach is great. One of the few areas of LA that I think I could live.

There's a great book on Long Beach architecture that is available at Hennessey & Ingalls. Lots of details about how the city grew, most of the larger buildings, and the little peculiar oil islands offshore. I picked it up at an architecture exhibit about the designer of said islands. His drawings were fantastic.
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Stunning!
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Your obsession building looked really good and the wavey one with the two palms in front and the rollercoaster bridge are awesome shots.
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Really cool stuff!

Too bad that I have missed all this. Our relatives took us to the aquarium. I only could take some pics of that area. I will post them later in an outline of my Californian tour.
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Nice pictures. Long Beach has some nice skyscrapers, and the weather looks perfect as well.
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Really cool stuff!

Too bad that I have missed all this. Our relatives took us to the aquarium. I only could take some pics of that area. I will post them later in an outline of my Californian tour.
We must have just missed each other as I was in Santa Monica as well! I STILL haven't made it to the aquarium in LB though. Just means another trip is necessary! I will look forward to seeing your photos. Long Beach really is a cool place.

And yes, the weather WAS perfect. When I was down that way last year it was mostly foggy, so, it was nice to see the sun.
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They have some good alleys. It's a shame the Angels didn't move there way back when. Long Beach could really be recognized and thus appreciated as a distinct entity.
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Long Beach looks great!
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Nice shots, stepper! I've always liked Long Beach's skyline. It's impressive in its own right and being near the beach just adds to its appeal.
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Nice photos, your Bed & Breakfast is only two blocks down from where I live at 6th & Magnolia. You shoud have PM me, I would have been no problem with me giving you a tour.
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A real Gem

Oakland has nothing on Long Beach, its not even in the same league. These are the best pictures I've seen of Long Beach. Its unfortunate that many people don't see Long Beach and instead head for Santa Monica, its really a gem.

also, Long Beach has the best looking Oil rigs in the world
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Don't get me wrong I love Long Beach as its my home. But at the same time tourists go to Santa Monica because its more lively, and trendy. Granted the Belmont Shores neighborhood is no slouch. Its just that its more a populuar local hang out, with some some draw from Orange County residents. Long Beach is somewhat out of the way for most tourist visiting LA since the most popular things are on the westside and northside of the basin.
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Very nice! It does seems like Long Beach sort of gets hidden in the shadow of LA a lot of the time. I've only visited there once, but I definately want to go back and see some more!
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Nice photos, your Bed & Breakfast is only two blocks down from where I live at 6th & Magnolia. You shoud have PM me, I would have been no problem with me giving you a tour.
You DO live close. I should have! I probably drove right by your house trying to find the B&B. Upon your suggestion, I did drive down 2nd Street in Belmont Shores coming back one evening from dropping my mom and sis at their hotel at Disneyland. Seemed like a really nice place to hang out. But we were too exhausted to walk around. Another reason to go back.

My friend and I also went to Santa Monica and it IS very nice. And while I would love to live there, Long Beach has a very laid back vibe to it and I could probably find myself just as comfortable there.
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