From San Francisco to Los Angeles
- Depending on your time, I recommend stopping in Mountain View, the Silicon Valley where all the tech moguls live and work. You can see the Google campus, visit the Computer Museum or drive by Steve Jobs house.
- Have you ever seen an American campus? Stanford University looks quite impressive, similar to a Spanish town.
- Carmel-by-the-Sea is a nice upscale upscale village of quaint colorful cottages, restaurants, cafes, shops, and art galleries fronted by a broad beach
- Great photo-op in front of the famous Bixby Bridge
- Near San Simeon stop by the sea to see hundreds of sea lions basking in the sun before heading up to the Hearst Castle
- Take a short walk in Santa Barbara and do some window shopping, get some coffee or ice cream
- Take a walk at the Malibu Beach or be brave and swim or surf in the cold Pacific (if you are hungry, check out Malibu Seafood)
- Last stop Los Angeles where you can spend 2 days but don’t waste your time staying here too long
First of all, don’t expect to see celebrities just because you walk around Hollywood, you won’t unless you are really lucky!
Must see and do:
- Walk or drive up to the Griffith Observatory in the evening and see the sunset and LA by night
- Visit one of the production studios like Paramount and if you are lucky spot some celebs on set or spend a day at the Universal Studios
- Walk along Hollywood Boulevard and see the Walk of Fame
- Walk out to Santa Monica Pier, the end of Route 66
- Shop at 3rd street promenade and have dinner at one of the many restaurants there
- Enjoy the view from the Getty Museum and visit some art exhibitions
- Take Rodeo Drive through Beverly Hills and admire the nice mansions
- Hike up to the Hollywood sign
- Rent a bike and cycle along Venice Beach to Muscle Beach where you can do some pull-ups to impress Arni successors
Where and what to eat:
- Get the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, which became famous with Sex and the City
- Have a burger and Animal fries at In’n Out, a west coast burger chain
Skip: Downtown LA is full of homeless people and the streets are usually empty unless there are some academy awards at the LA Live center and basketball games at Staples