Me and three friends, all 21 yr old males from England, are lookin to do a three week road trip around cali and nevada: so deffo gonna go to LA, Vegas, San Fran and San Diego. And the Grand Canyon.
Anyways, can anyone recommend any good places/bars/clubs/beachs to go to?
I'd love to visit a few littler cities/towns also, so does anyone have any recommendations?
Anyone info will be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
That sounds fun! I just got back from my San Fran trip and we took a day trip to Monteray. (Not quite sure on how to spell). Its a pretty sweet place with some cool things to see. A sweet place there was Cannery Row. Its a bunch of converted canning warehouses to bars, hotels... etc along the ocean and a few blocks down from the Monteray Bay Aquiarum. Its mostly kid-orientated, but I found some cool things to do there. And I also found in my travels around LA and Orange County (South of LA), there is Balboa Island, its cool to just go waling around and walk the boardwalk, I'm not sure if you would like it but I thought it was nice. I hope you have fun on your Trip!
Okay, how much trouble do you want to get into?
Here's a few places:
SF--Ruby Skye or any pub along Columbus Street or any Irish pub (wait a second, you guys are British--so any Irish pub except "32"). Ruby Skye will be the place with 800 to 1000 people in it.
In the city of Campbell (south of San Francisco an hour--and not far from San Jose)--King's Head Pub (just a casual place--but good to meet people--and it's English)
In San Jose, but right on the edge of Campbell--go to Sino's, Straits Cafe, or Left Bank in Santana Row (Santana Row is the highest-end shopping district in the San Jose area). You need to dress nice for Sino's--the women will.
In Santa Cruz, order tickets early and go to a concert show at "The Catalyst". Plan to dress down a bit for this place.
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rolling Stones, Alanis Morisette and Green Day all used to do concerts here. For British food, go to a place called the Britannia Arms in Aptos--or grab real good food either Zelda's or Margaritaville down by the water in Capitola.
When travelling down the coast, stop off in either San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara (both are college towns). In San Luis Obispo all the action is on Monterey Street, and in Santa Barbara it's all on State Street--mostly on the weekends, of course.
LA--well, I haven't lived in LA for about 15 years, so I'm a bit out of touch. But the hot spots will be in the following towns: Santa Monica near 4th street and Santa Monica Blvd (there are some crazy bars on Santa Monica Blvd between 4th and 9th or so), Westwood--which is just a short ways from Santa Monica and is the home of UCLA, go to the beach in Newport Beach at about 20th to 25th street on the ocean side (not the inland side) for the best beach spots. Go to the inland side for the restaurants and clubs, or go to Huntington Beach and turn inland on Main Street and just ask in any of the shops that sell swimwear what the hot clubs are now. Also, go to Hollywood and hang out near the Hollywood Freeway (get off on Santa Monica Blvd, Western or Sunset or Hollywood Blvd and there are clubs all around the area). Last, but not least, is down near the Marina in the city of Marina del Rey.
San Diego--best clubs are in the gaslight district downtown.
Across in Mexico--if you are going in the summertime, go across to Rosarita Beach and it's one nonstop party on the weekend. If you want to really get wild, go the 90 miles or so south to Ensenada (be sure to take the toll road, not the regular road), and go to Papas and Beer. It's a long drive, though--and coming back across the border takes hours, so I'd just go party in San Diego or LA instead.
Las Vegas--easy to get into club--Raj at the Luxor (unless they have a major group playing). Top clubs on the strip are Pure (Caesars), Tao (Venetian), Tryst (Wynn)--best off the strip are Ghostbar (for the younger set) or Cherry for the 30+ set. Drais (Barbary Coast) or Tabu (at the MGM) are the places for after hours (after 2 AM to 3 AM in Vegas). Also, since you are younger guys, you might like the Bikini's Nightclub.
Try to fit in a show in Vegas, since they have a lot of great ones--and be aware that there is a lounge (and usually two or three lounges) where there are simple shows going on in every single casino/hotel on the strip (Las Vegas Blvd) in Vegas. But let's be honest, you can meet ladies anywhere in Las Vegas--at the pool, at a show, at a lounge, in the casino, on a tour of the nature areas outside of town such as the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam, or even at a restaurant. Everybody is in Las Vegas to play--and the town's slogan is "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". Just make sure you know who's a professional at the bar (meaning they expect you to pay them after you go up to your room), and who's an amateur--meaning they are just in town visiting like you are. This can be embarassing if you aren't aware of which lady is which--and you don't want to insult either type--especially the amateurs who you might want to make your wife. Speaking of which--there are about 800 wedding chapels in town--so don't drink too much if it makes you overly romantic--because spur of the moment weddings are really common here.
You almost want to be a mouse hidden in the corner to observe that road trip!
Great info Calcruzer! Cheers!
Anyone w/ any other comments plz?
I've spent almost 50 years in the area between Big Sur and Mendocino . . . if you are at all into scenic natural beauty, you will love Big Sur, Carmel, Santa Cruz area. Also great is the Napa/Sonoma area as well as points North . . . Calistoga, Healdsburg, and back to the Mendocino coast. Highway 1 from Big Sur to Mendocino is awesome, but long driving hours due to winding slow roads. If you get a stretch of sunny weather though, the views are world class.
Enjoy your bit of paradise!
Don't forget to hit tijauana when in san diego. when in vegas there is the national motocross US open in august it's a pretty sweet thing to visit!
Personally I love San Luis Obispo!
Well i'm from Northern California and Hwy 1 of the sonoma coast is a pretty epic and adventurous road trip fo sho'! It will bring you straight to the giant redwoods and you'll pass through small coastal towns all with a lot to offer! Highly recommend it to those who like to be on the edge of things (because Hwy 1 is literally cliff oceanside). It strings all the way down california into San Diego
I would also recommend lake Tahoe as a california nevada transition spot. The scene it naturally intense and the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe has a lot to offer for 21yrlds bars, casino, etc..