My wife and I are going to take a short break on the West Coast, visiting friends in SF and LA on consecutive weekends and taking the week to drive between the two along the coast down Route 1. We've not been to that part of the world before, so we'd welcome recommendations on cool places to stay and visit.
We - mum, dad and two teenage boys aged 13 and 17) - will be in Los Angeles for a few days at the end of July and San Francisco for a few days at the start of August. We'd like to spend one evening in either city letting someone else entertain us - a sporting event or a show - but we'd like it to be either a bit odd or typically Californian. (Or both!) [more inside]
Is such a thing even possible? I have always rented apartments and am now looking into purchasing a loft, preferably, in either San Francisco or Los Angeles. I really have no interest in then paying for "rent" to some HOA at around $400/month. Is there a reasonable way to not do so, or does it entail looking for solo owned places which are probably really expensive? I'm hoping to keep it around 500k total. Thanks in advance for any advice.
I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
What do Californians think and feel about the possibility of future big earthquakes in that region, especially the so-called "Big One"? I'm looking for articles which really get into how those who dwell there handle that knowledge, respond to it, and so on. Articles about building standards or government response are fine, but I would like to know about individuals, groups, businesses and the like. [more inside]
The Short: I'm a single young adult with a college degree and student loan debt. I live in a sterile small city with limited job prospects. I want to move out and get an entry-level or temporary job in a coastal U.S. city (NYC, LA, SF, Seattle). Please walk me through the logistics and help me devise a plan, as well as offer any advice you have on making it on your own in a new city (essentially, how to be an independent, self-sufficient adult). [more inside]
Plane, train, or automobile? Which is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles? [more inside]
I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
Going from SF to Pasadena via public transport -- is this possible? [more inside]
I just moved to Oakland from LA. I find Twitter to be really useful. Please recommend Bay Area-ish Twitter feeds (for Oakland, San Francisco and Marin, since I'll be spending lots of time time in all three regions) I should be following. [more inside]
Best place to buy women's suits in Los Angeles or San Francisco? [more inside]
Any recommendations for good moving companies for a move from L.A. to the S.F. Bay Area? [more inside]
As an enormous fan of American craft beer visiting New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where should I go to partake of the finest brews? Do any local breweries offer tours of their facilities or tastings? Are there any beer happenings going on in the period between the 10th and 20th of April this year? [more inside]
I'm a Los Angeles native in the very early stages of considering a move to San Francisco and would like some guidance on neighborhoods that would match up with my preferences. [more inside]
Los Angeles to San Francisco: Help me find an alternate route! [more inside]
If I leave San Francisco at 4pm on a Friday (11/5) what are my chances of getting into L.A. by 11:00pm? [more inside]
What are some good blogs written by Californians about humanitarian projects in the area? [more inside]
Quickie road trip! How long does it take to drive from L.A. to Seattle? And how long to drive from downtown Seattle to downtown Vancouver, BC? And how long from Seattle to L.A.? How would you budget your time in each city? We're leaving on Sunday evening and we have to get back by Friday night. We might skip Vancouver if the timetable gets too tight. [more inside]
My fiancee and I are going to Los Angeles for 5 days, spending a night in Carmel/Monterey, and then spending 3 nights in San Francisco. What should we do and be sure not to miss? We're 24/25 and from outside NYC. Sports, shopping, etc are all up our alley. Thanks.