Kuz actually got it pretty good.
Places to visit:
- South Cali (you can flight straight into LAX, plenty of flights from the UK)
Hollywood - Universal Studios, Kodak Theatre / Chinese Theatre / Hollywood Walk of Fame, and you can go to CBS Television City and see Craig Ferguson taping his show (http://www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate/)
(I assume you know who the bloke is. If not, look him up!). Seeing a show being taped is a fascinating experience, that gives you an idea how things work over here, and since Craig is a Scot you can do it while still feeling a sense of connection to the “Old Country” (like he calls it).
San Diego - you can drive down from LA (longish, but cheaper than flying since you WILL need to rent a car anyway); give it at least a couple of days there, walk around as much as you can, lot’s of stuff to visit from the Zoo to the USS Midway, great restaurants too
- You can drive up from LA / SD but it is a 8 to 10-hour drive. Flights are cheap and only 45 minutes from LAX to SFO. Focus on San Francisco and the North Bay (Napa, Marin County). Stay in San Francisco, and DO NOT rent a car there. Unless you want to experience driving on streets that look like they’re in a war zone. Stay in a hotel nearby Union Square, and start your trip there; you can do some shopping and then take the Cable car over, stop in Chinatown, sight-see, hop back on and go to Fisherman’s Wharf. Take the ferry to Alcatraz and Angel Island.
On another day, go back on the Cable Car to Fisherman’s Wharf, but this time rent a bike and take a ride through Fort Mason, the Marina / Golden Gate Park, visit the Contemporary Art Museum, then continue to The Presidio, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. On a Sunny day, it’s breathtakingly beautiful, so take your camera and enjoy the views.
On another day, take a bus tour over the bridge to Napa. There are plenty of organized tours, inquire at the hotel. The weather is again important, but you already missed the bulk of the bad weather (Nov - Feb) and it’s not like you’re spoiled with good weather over there.
You can come down the Peninsula to the South Bay, but unless you’re a geek interested in seeking Stanford and the Silicon Valley (Google, Verisign, Cisco, eBay, etc.) I wouldn’t see why you would. Unless you want to buy some Biotest supps to take with you on the plane back – PM me if you do.
- Washington State / British Columbia
- Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC are great. The landscapes are amazing and especially Vancouver is really, really nice. It will require a trip over the border, but for British citizens on tourism it’s easy, no worries there.
- You can then take a plane south to visit the Canyon. From there you can go to:
PM me if you want more details. The US West Coast is my turf, my proud home, so I’ll have to answer any questions that will help you take the most of what it has to offer.