I landing in LA on Feb 5th and will be leaving from LA on feb 15th to go to NY.
I have a budget of about £700 plus £20 a day for food and drink. So far i found a western tour that does LA, san fran, san diego, mexico, phoenix, vegas, grand canyon and a few other places but this takes 16 days.
When i land in LA would it be difficult for me to find a 10 day tour that costs around $1400 and includes accomodation and entry to different places?
I dont want to be stuck in LA if i dont book a trip around surrounding states
When I have been to LA (twice) I have not really gone out of my way to look for lengthy tours, but the tours that I did come across were mainly ones just for seeing famous peoples houses etc. If you stay at USA Hostels Hollywood, they had a few little tours that were based in the greater LA area including the Hollywood Hills and that would keep you occupied for 3 or so days at least. If you don't feel like hiring a car, you could then go and get the Greyhound bus to Las Vegas, spend a couple of days there and if you stay at the USA Hostels in Las Vegas (in a bit of a dodgy area with lots of homeless), you can book on tour that take you to the Grand Canyon. They did have a few tours to choose from when I was there in 2006, but I chose the more expensive one that went to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon. This tour went for 4 days. The tour then returns you to Las Vegas late in the day so you'd spend the night in Las Vegas and then head back to Los Angeles. That particular tour didn't run everyday so you would probably want to contact the hostel to see what dates it does actually operate. I have a feeling that it may not even be running when you plan on going because I went on it in early October and that was the last tour until sometime the following year because of the tour going to the North Rim and it not being open all year round. The North Rim region is freezing cold especially after dark due to the altitute, so if you do get to visit that really nice area take some warm close unless you want to freeze to death. You can get plenty of tours to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but the North Rim ones and other canyon ones are a lot more difficult (not to mention a lot more expensive) to come by.
I have been the the canyon and vegas before so dont really want to do them again. I would love to go to places like san fran and san diego though
I can drive but dont think i would feel confortable renting as i havent driven for 3 years. Maybe if i fly to LA within someone, having met them in previous counteries when travelling
thanks for help
If you don't mind renting a car, prices will be much cheaper and it's easy to find the places on your own as long as you have a map and know where you want to go.
Beaches--Best are on the east side and then Huntington Beach or farther south. Avoid everything south of Redondo Beach and north of Seal Beach. (Not that they are bad, but just that they aren't normal "beaches. Mostly cliffs or built up harbors.)
Things to see:
Huntington Library--in San Marino, east of downtown
Getty Museum--just west of Beverly Hills near UCLA
Disneyland--in Anaheim, southeast of town
Santa Monica--west side of town--near the Getty Museum. Especially nice are the cliffs just above the beaches.
Beverly Hills and Century City area
Marina del Rey area
And during July and August go down to Laguna Beach (way south) to see the Laguna Beach art festival and the sawdust art festival--best thing to do in LA.
Avoid downtown--nothing to see there for the most part.
I don't think you should drive in LA either - those freeways are just too much for a visitor - pure _ell! Instead of one big tour, this is my suggestion:
1. take the train from LA to San Diego/while in San Diego you can take the Trolley to Tijuana, Mexico
2. take the train back to LA and connect to the Oakland train (they provide a bus into San Francisco from there) San Fran is small enough that you don't need a car - good public transportation here. San Fran will be much more interesting for you than LA since it's smaller, more diverse.
3. fly back to LA
you can take local day tours of any or all cities (google Gray Line Tours)
(google for AMTRAK - to get the train schedules)
(local air travel - google Southwest or Virgin America)
problem might be the weather in Feb - often cool and rainy
ps - Phoenix is nothing at all - skip it!
hotel prices average $80.-120., but hostels are available for less (hostelworld.com)
meals would be in your price range if you eat fast food for breakfast and lunch
(remember 15-18% tip is expected in sit-down places)