How do I West Coast?
January 15, 2014 8:40 AM Subscribe
I'm from the UK, and I've got a work trip coming up to Seattle and LA. Most of that time is going to be spent doing work stuff (naturally), but I've got a free Saturday night and Sunday in Seattle and a free Saturday and Sunday morning in LA (staying in Pasadena).
What should I do with my Seattle and LA/Pasadena weekends? More details under the cut.
posted by terretu to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, CA (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
- I've been to the US once before, but that was the midwest and I was staying with family friends and doing their thing the whole time. I'm a fairly confident, independent traveller and very happy to do my own thing - and the chance to get some alone time either end of a trip which will be pretty socially intense (meeting customers and lots of debriefing with colleagues - I tend towards introversion) will be very welcome.
- I'm staying around 6th Avenue in Seattle (near Freeway Park, according to the map) and in Old Pasadena for the LA part of the trip.
- I'm interested in eating some cool food (within a price range I could reasonably expense - let's say up to $30 per non-breakfast meal). Dietary snowflakes: vegetarian, allergic to bell peppers, currently not eating wheat due to IBS-type issues, no alcohol. I tend to really like interesting vegan/vegetarian places, plus Asian food in general and exciting cheeses.
- Stuff I really like when I'm travelling includes poking around local supermarkets, using public transport (preferably subway/light rail rather than the bus), seeing anything of interest locally, boat trips, amusement parks and generally hanging out and getting the feel of a place.
- I don't have a lot of interest in art galleries. Museums will really depend on what kind of museum it is. I like Doing Things, but I'd be equally happy sitting with a hot chocolate in a nice place, maybe reading my book and taking in the atmosphere.
- I'm happy to walk up to 30mins in any direction as long as it's not a bad neighbourhood/at night, or to figure out how to get there using public transport if that's a non-terrible option (I get that the quality and availability varies a lot from city to city).
- I don't want to spend a lot of my own money on entertaining myself. Work are paying for flights, food, hotels and transport, and I'd prefer not to spend more than, say, $50-100 of my own money over the whole trip, and most of that on gifts for friends & family/small souvenirs.
This is quite a specific list, but I'm totally open to off-the-wall ideas - and if Ask MeFi has taught me anything, it's that you guys are really great at this kind of thing.