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1. Posted by tarks (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Planning to do the RTW trip next year, I want to go to Nth America en route to Europe. I mainly want to go to NY, and the usual, unavoidable trip from Australia is fly to LA first (dreding the long 18hr flight), then to NY. I don't plan to stay in LA that long, maybe 5 days? But I want to know whether its backpacker friendly, in terms of hostels, getting around. I know LA is spread out really widely; so are there ways to get around seeing as I won't have a car at my disposal, nor will I want to rent a car, (bus?), or is it better to do a day tour seeing celeb houses, main attractions (are they worth doing?). And what are the best places to go that could be covered in 5 days? I'm assuming 5 days will be enough, as I'll want to spend more time in NY. Also, whats the weather like in mid-late May? (hopefully pleasant!)

2. Posted by alvse (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I to am planning on a RTW trip next May... but my journey will be the other way round, Europe first, US last.... though I haven't yet decided if this is the best way to do it. I did plan on going to LA, but have decided to goto SF and Navada (since I have aquaintences there).

BTW I'm from Australia to...

3. Posted by RemGo (Full Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I would say you could use the metro. But There is only 3 lines and isn't enough to get around. Your just gonna have to be taking the bus unless you pay up for a taxi. I thought everyone knew you cant travel here unless you have a car. When people say you need a car to get around in LA, they are not kiddin'.
For a 5 days trip I'd recommend Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown, maybe some amusement parks Disneyland, Universal Studios...
Good luck on your trip and be safe in LA...

4. Posted by DirkvdM (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you've got 5 days I'd say flee LA. Spend two half days travelling to and from San Francisco. Infinitely much nicer. Unless you like to be constantly surrounded by cars and highways.