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1. Posted by evajakupce (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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we're spending only ten days in california, but i'd love to see as much as possible, as i probably won't be back to that side of the planet very soon :)
we're planning to spend a couple of days in san francisco, and then drive down highway 1 to los angeles. i'm wondering if LA is worth seing at all and how much time should we leave for it? and also, should we drive down to san diego? is there something that shouldn't be missed there? i'd really love to see las vegas and grand canyon, too. i've checked all the driving distances and it all seems doable, but i'm wondering if it's realistic.
i'd be thankful for any help or advice as this is my first time driving in the us!

2. Posted by garyrbeck (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Ten days is not as long as you may envision esp. with driving literally 2/3 the coast of CA. I am partial to SF and you should spend some time there once in your life. Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County, G.G. Park, Bay Tour ferry or one to Alcatraz, Ocean Beach, North Beach [Italian] and Chinatown come to mind plus a drive up to Sutro Tower for photo ops. Hope you are not coming soon as this is still winter and the rains have been here, plus snow in the Sierra.

San Diego is simply great [with superb zoo, Coronado, beach, sailing, food, etc.] and time allowing, a quick jaunt across the border into Tijuana for lunch and shopping. Take the old train downtown. LA has Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Mann's Chinese Theater, Knotts Berry Farm and of course the tops, Disneyland. If any of that interests you, plan a couple days. Grand Canyon is superb but quite a trek. Las Vegas is a must if you wish to dabble with gambling or see a top show, but be aware that prices are very high! Do not spread yourself thin. If you are not ancient, you may have a long trip in the future to supplement this one.

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3. Posted by mikewaims2 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Be sure and see SeaWorld in San Diego. For me it's the best Amusement park in CA.

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

Not a chance Eva. We had 18 days in an RV and spread ourselves way too thin. Pick two or three of those places, work out a route and make the most of them. You could easily be spending two or three full days travelling.

5. Posted by janban214 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

i think it's doable in 10 days, but you will definitely be rushing, and be prepared not to sleep much.

san francisco can be done in 1.5 days. you shop around union square, take the cable car up all the way to ghiardelli square, walk to pier 39, take a cab to north beach, walk around there, eat, take pictures, walk down through chinatown, and you're back at union square. then, of course, take a drive to the golden gate bridge, check it out, and maybe head across the bridge to sausalito for an hour or so. then come back and do whatever else you need to do there....

then you can drive down the 101 coast to los angeles. i'm not too familiar with what's down the coast, but you can stop by carmel (i think), monterey, pismo beach (the best clam chowder!!), santa barbara, and los angeles. you can probably tour la in 2 days. go to mann's chinese theater, kodak theater, hang out on sunset if you want, eat at a really nice restaurant where people go to be seen and not because the food is amazing... you can go to venice beach and santa monica one of those days and hang out on the west side. check out rodeo if you want, and take a picture in front of the rodeo sign and the beverly hills sign. etc. etc.

then drive to san diego and you can probably tour that in 2 days, too. not too familiar with this city.

a drive to vegas will probably take around 5 hours i'm assuming. vegas can be done in 2 days, too... grand canyon is somewhere near there, and that takes a whole day probably to drive there, check it out, take pictures, and come back. and you can see hoover dam on the way, i think.

it's doable in 10 days... but i think you will be VERY tired by the end!!! good luck =)

i live in san francisco, and i've lived in los angeles all my life, so i can help you with either or, if you have more questions!

6. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

Quoting stevieh

Not a chance Eva. We had 18 days in an RV and spread ourselves way too thin. Pick two or three of those places, work out a route and make the most of them. You could easily be spending two or three full days travelling.

Stevieh is correct, narrow your focus a bit and you'll enjoy the experience a lot more. I'd save Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon for another trip.

7. Posted by evajakupce (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

thank you guys, i think i'll do just that, try and curb my wishes a bit... it's difficult though because it all sounds so amazing! i guess we'll have to go back soon :)

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 8y

How long you should spend in LA depends upon what you want to see and what time of year it is.

There are some great beaches there on the west and south sides (On the west--Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice--and Manhattan's okay. On the south--Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach. Laguna especially if you go in late July/early August when they hold their art festivals).

Disneyland in Anaheim and Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park and the new aquarium in Long Beach are the amusement parks on the south--Universal Studio just north of Hollywood and Seven Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on the north side. If you go down to San Diego, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World are as good as any of these except Disneyland.

My favorite places to go are the Huntington Library in San Marino for the gardens and the Getty Museum just west of Westwood/east of Santa Monica for the best art collection west of the Louvre.

Try to avoid downtown and plan to spend very little time in Hollywood if you really want to enjoy yourself--and stay off the freeways (motorways)--especially at rush hours (early morning and around 5-6 in the evening).