Currently a uk student, will have finished my degree by this time and plan to spend about 6 weeks if not longer doing a road trip down the west coast, either LA up to seattle, or vice versa.
Would love to know if anybody is travelling around the same time/ destination!
I would suggest starting in San Diego, since the Northwest has it's best weather quite late in the summer. Be sure to stop in the best of cities (San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver BC).
I say San Diego for a reason - if you attempt the LA freeways first, you are bound to be overwhelmed by it's traffic (I assume this is your first experience on US roads, and traffic moves so fast and furious in LA - you could have major problems!)