Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Just south of downtown Los Angeles, San Pedro is a small seaside community best known as the home of the Port of Los Angeles. For those looking to soak in the sun, Cabrillo Beach is rife with swimmers, scuba divers, confused cross-country skiers, and windsurfers tackling the elements as massive cargo ships pass in the background. Cabrillo essentially spans two beaches: one oceanfront area where surfing is popular and a separate, more gentle area ideal for young swimmers within the harbor. The nearby, Frank Gehry–designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium houses a wide range of aquatic creatures, including black sea nettles, jellyfish, and california sea lions.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Machines are good at a lot of things—making calculations, building robots, spitting out candy in exchange for money—but when it comes to a car wash, nuts and bolts just aren't as precise as the human touch. At South Bay Auto Spa, every wash gets personal attention as technicians clean and dry vehicles to perfection. To top off a wash well done, they add Armor All tire protection, do waxing, and vacuum debris from interiors.
Madrona Car Wash's facilities are both technologically advanced and environmentally friendly. That's because it's home to a McNeil Tunnel Wash, which cleanses vehicles with controlled high-pressure nozzles and pumps, then treats all water for reuse. The Tunnel makes use of Envirosoft Foam, a material that's so gentle that, unlike a hood ornament that's just a penknife tied to a roller skate, it will never scratch a car's surface. For an additional cost, technicians also detail and polish automobiles, boats, and motor homes.