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1. Posted by finesilver (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Good morning,

I begin the first leg of my world tour in New York this August after which I am heading, by plane, to LA. I have heard mixed reviews about LA. Can anyone advise me as to how I can get the best experience out of being there because I refuse to imagine that it is as bad as people say.

Can you also let me know what I must see on the West coast.

Thanks,

Helen

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey Helen!Im having the exact same problem!!!Im heading out to New York in May as im on an internship for a month over there and Im also using it as the first stop of my round the world trip!From NY Im also heading out to LA, and im fiding it hard to pinpoint exact areas and things to do ect...its seems so huge and theres like a zillion different parts of the city!Im confused!Got a friend out there so shes going to give me all the lowdown over there, also as Im heading there before you imm be sure to get back to you with any tips ect....if you find out any good info please let me know!!!!

3. Posted by finesilver (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Hi Emma,

It's nice you've got a friend out there already! My cousin has mates out there and says it changes the dynamic of the place.

Yes stars, fame and money are of course intriguing but there must be more underneath the tinsel than a bare, lonely Christmas tree! It seem's LA's very confidential about it's real assets! I am determined to find out whether there are some hidden treasures out there and between the two of us we'll see what we uncover. If it is as obvious as it seems I've been advised to use it as a base and work upwards - have you got any ideas as to what are must see's on the West coast?

As you’ve got a head start do let me know what you like, love and just think is ok! Keep me informed…

4. Posted by Jbender85 (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Quoting finesilver

Good morning,

I begin the first leg of my world tour in New York this August after which I am heading, by plane, to LA. I have heard mixed reviews about LA. Can anyone advise me as to how I can get the best experience out of being there because I refuse to imagine that it is as bad as people say.

Can you also let me know what I must see on the West coast.

Thanks,

Helen

I'm from that area-it is very large but that just means there's a ton to do. It depends on what you want to do. If you like to party-visit Sunset Strip. People tend to think it's a bit touristy but that was my old hangout and there are plenty of non-touristy people there. The bars are all dives but so much fun. Try the Whisky, The Viper Room (that's the one owned my Johnny Depp), The Key Club and later at night go to Rainbow. There's great shopping on Melrose (way more affordable than Rodeo Drive). Universal Studios is way fun for tourists and you may catch a filming on the tram tour. It's not a bad place, I love to visit but not live there. There are a lot of fake people but you have to just ignore them and find the fun ones (which there are plenty). Is there anything in particular that you want to see?

What cities are you visiting on the West Coast?

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Go through Canada

6. Posted by finesilver (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Thanks so much for the info, it really helps having some one to talk to with a clue about what's what! As for the West coast I'm planning to get a cheap car or a greyhound and moving on up - recommendations are welcome as to must sees etc.. Is it worth popping into Canada?

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting finesilver

.. Is it worth popping into Canada?

Yes indeed!

8. Posted by Jbender85 (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Then, I gotta say depending on the time you have, it's an amazing drive up the PCH as we call it (Pacific Coast Highway). You can get on the PCH in LA (or even San Diego if you go there) and drive it all the way up the coast. It follows the coast line, so for much of it you get a great view of the ocean and the smell of the sea air...oh, I miss it! You can pull off the side of the road and watch some dolphins or if you get up to the Bay area (highly recommended) you'll see the sea otters feasting (very cute). If you're on a short time period I'd say hit the big areas: San Diego (Coronado's nice), LA, San Fran. You can drive to Yosemite and hike around, visit Mt. Whitney, see the redwood forest. Santa Cruz is AWESOME! Montery is great and they have the Montery Bay Aquarium (the best I've seen). So much to see so little time! ;) California really requires a car so, if you're unable to get access to one try flying into LAX spending a bit of time there, then taking a small flight or AmTrack from LA to SF (that would be fun, if the AmTrack still goes LA to SF). Then spend a while in SF using the Bart and cable cars to get around. Santa Cruz/Montery is about an hour or so drive away but worth it. I have more to say but I think I've taken up enough room. Any more questions, specifics?

9. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

This is what happens in LA: http://www.getty.edu/

West Hollywood (at night), Santa Monica, La Cienega Blvd (at night).

LA is nice.

10. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I am starting my rtw trip in new york in may and im also heading to LA but i am going there overland stoping in New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Fran and then driving the Pacific Coast Highway to LA. After hours of research, driving the PCH does sound like the best way to see the area - without spending a fortune. Im am only leaving about 2 days to do things in LA as i have heard it is quite expensive.