Re: Things to do in LA and NY
Well, end of year would be challenging to check out the giant sequoia trees in the Sierras. You could spend all week in Southern California enjoying the sunshine. There isn't anything to see between LA and San Francisco unless you like cows, fog and overcast days on end that time of year. You could stick to the coast line and see all the beaches.
I am right in the middle of California, the only "touristy" thing to do here is Yosemite National Forest and Sierra National Forest. Can't think of anything in my part of the woods during end of the year, problem is it gets snowed in that time of year.
I would just kick it in San Diego on the beach and just breath.