LA and San Francisco
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 6, 2012 12:07 PM Last Post By: edwardseco
Jul 14, 2012 6:26 AM
LA and San FranciscoHello everyone
A friend and I are going to LA and San Fransisco in beginning of August. We will have 2 1/2 days (3 nights) in LA and 5 1/2 days in San Francisco (6 nights). We are two 23-year-old danish girls and we have never been to California, so we are very interested in suggestions for itineraries for our trip - which of the touristy things are worth seeing and which not-so-known gems can't be missed?
We will really appreciate all sort of help we can get.
Jul 14, 2012 6:43 AM
Jul 14, 2012 6:57 AM
2Are you flying or driving between the two cities?
Will you have a car in LA? What part of the LA area will you be staying in?
Are you willing to rent a car for a day or so for day trips in SF?
Would you like to know about museums? HIstoric sites? Places to go cycling or hiking? Nature and wildlife? Wineries to visit? Dance cubs? Clothes shopping? Antiques shopping? Disneyland--yes or no?
How much--in dollars or some other currency would you be willing to spend for a really special dinner?
Please don't say you are interested in "everything." Do you really want information on where to take a tour of a sewage treatment plant?
Jul 14, 2012 6:59 AM
Jul 14, 2012 7:21 AM
4Haha sorry, I will try to be more specific.
We will be flying between the two cities.
In LA we will be living in Beverly Hills. We hope to avoid renting a car, as we are there for such a short time. Is that stupid? We are not going to Disneyland and we are not planning to go out of town.
In San Francisco we will be living near the Union Square. We are not planning on hiring a car here either, but we would probably be willing to do it for a really good day trip. If you have good suggestions for that, we would appreciate recommendations for cheap car-hiring.
LA: As we will be there for such a short time, we will probably not want to spend time on museums, art galleries, hiking trips, antiquing or anything like that. We would just like to get a feeling of the city. I was thinking of things such as Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach etc. I know I am still not very specific, but I would definitely be able to suggest a few things to help people get a feel of the city I live in, so I hope someone here can do the same.
SF: As we have a little more time in SF, good museums would definitely be an option. Suggestions for really good coffee, and especially cheese cake would be appreciated! Also good restaurants naturally. We would probably be able to spend around $ 100 for a really good meal once or twice, but we would really like cheaper options! We are not that interested in hiking, but great scenery and great historic sights are definitely high on my agenda. Is Alcatraz worth a visit? And if so, what is the best way to visit? Any tips and tricks for public transportation will be much appreciated.
I hope you will be able to think of some good advice for us :)
Thank you very much!
Jul 14, 2012 9:00 AM
You ARE renting a car whether you know it or not. Beverly Hills to Disneyland is about 60 Km.
Jul 14, 2012 9:08 AM
- 5 Thank you very much for your help and advice. It is very helpful!
#6 But we are not going to Disneyland?
We are still more than open to more tips!
Jul 14, 2012 12:52 PM
7I spent 6 nites in San Fran a few years ago, did a guided winery tour up Napa and Sonoma valleys, lots of fun. If you're going to be around Fisherman’s Wharf, Lou's Blues has a good music scene (I know there's more, just the one I was in) Up on Columbia street, my favorite restaurant was "The Stinking Rose” There’s a few good live music taverns up that way also.
If you are interested in the 60's hippy culture there is a walking tour you can take up at Haight-Ashbury, we enjoyed that.
Jul 14, 2012 7:54 PM
Jul 14, 2012 8:53 PM
Jul 14, 2012 10:54 PM
10There are ferries across SF Bay which are part of the public transportation system and are inexpensive. Great way to get out on the water and see the city from there.
At least two of them go near Alcatraz, if you can't go to the island for a tour.
Try some different Mexican burritos, if not in LA then in SF Mission district.
Jul 22, 2012 10:18 PM
Jul 23, 2012 8:05 AM
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Aug 6, 2012 11:00 AM
13Hi, can I tag on to this thread? I'll be in San Fran at the weekend, flying in on Friday lunchtime, leaving Monday 2pm, both times from Oakland.
I'm loving the tips already here, but was wondering if someone could recommend a diving place nearby? Really would love to go, I know it's not prime area, but if anyone knows, would be great.
Also, does anyone have a fun activity to suggest for Monday morning? I'm staying in the Russian Hill area (well, relatively close by), and would love to do something nice before heading to the airport around 12ish. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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