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1. Posted by RichElliott (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I am 23, and am coming to the states for around a month in mid October. I obviously can't do it all, due to my time constraints. So I have chosen San Francisco and LA .

I was wondering if anyone can recommend some things I should definitely try do. Also would it be worth renting a car.

If anyone is considering a similar trip, it would be great to split car rental costs etc. and the company would be great.

Thanks so much

2. Posted by bazzlevi (Inactive 16 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

You don't need a car in San Francisco. In fact, you will be much happier without one. Rely on MUNI (buses, light rail, and the world-famous cable cars!) to get around.

As for LA, I would say you probably would want to have a car, unless you plan on seeing the city by way of organized tours. You will want to make sure your driver's license will be honored here.

Otherwise, it's hard to recommend things without knowing anything about you. What are your interests? What kinds of things do you enjoy seeing?

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Totally agree with bazzlevi on SF - the parking fees in SF would kill you! It's also a terrible way to see the city, and as bazzlevi says, the public trans is great.

Public trans in LA is just the opposite - that's why you need a car there, and it's also much much larger/spread out. Oct is great weather in both - you'll probably want to drive down to San Diego too.

I would drive down Highway #1 on your way to LA - great scenery/nude beaches, etc.

4. Posted by luckypig (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

you are probably getting ready to leave soon. hire a car in SF when you are ready to go to LA and take the drive down the PCH. you can rent a car for sometime as little as $15 per day or less if you pick up from the airport.
I have lived here for 20 years and I never ever tire of that drive- life changing!

5. Posted by RichElliott (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hey thank so much for the advise. Yeah leaving soon. Arriving in Los Angeles on Monday.

I think I might end up hiring a car, that or taking a green tortoise bus.

thanks again

6. Posted by Sharons (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

The roads are very narrow in San Francisco, so there isn't much room to park. Some of San Francisco's attractions include a science museum called the Exploratorium, 2 huge Aquariums, the de Young Museum of art, Alcatraz island (where Al Capone was held), the Golden Gate Bridge, and China Town. Be aware that it is at least an 8-hour drive to get from LA to San Francisco.