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Old 01-14-2011, 08:43 AM
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Default Things to do in LA and NY

Hey there everyone,

I'm planning a trip to the US at the end of the year, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what to do whilst in California or New York. The plan is to fly to Los Angeles, move around California for a week, fly to New York, hang around there for a week, then return to California, visit Vegas and then return home to Australia.

Basically, I need to know about, and am open to any suggestions as to reasonably decent accommodation, general cost of living (ie food, transport, etc) and so on whilst in the place, and of course touristy things to do.

Fire away, I look forward to hearing what people have to say! And, thanks.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:59 AM
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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.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:12 AM
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I'm in Pasadena, just minutes from LA.
You need to drop a few numbers/budget. Gas might hit $5/gal (they're saying), so that alone, could cost you $100-200 for the week. Dinners, I can eat for $10 a day, easy, or you can go to restaurants that cost $80 a plate.
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We got "everything" in LA, from strip-clubs and hookers, to fine dinning and museums. And if you don't find it in LA ... you'll find it in New York.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:24 PM
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Well, at this stage we've budgeted $6000 for everything. Flights should be around $2000, that leaves $4000 for three weeks inclusive of everything else. Possible?

I might add that this is AU$6000, which at the moment is of equal parity to the USD.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:09 PM
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well being from oz, I figure you surf, so a trip to santa barbara on the coast highway, surf rincon, and some beach breaks. one thing about L.A, every thing is spread over huge area and the public transit isn't that great, so lots of driving is needed to get around, where N.Y has subways and buses and lots of things to do closer together. I live in Ventura, you can take a tour of the channel islands ( weather permitting) just off the coast here. I'll buy you guys some mexican food, for lunch, if you pass through here on a weekend, but if you stay just in the L.A area. griffith park...If they still do lazarium up there, it's fun, great view of all the city, then watch a lazer show, to drak side of the moon. hope it all goes great.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:56 PM
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I'm from NY, so I'll list a bunch of things that I feel are necessary for a good tourist experience here.

1. Visit Rockefeller Center. Take the tours, walk around, etc. And, whatever you do, go to the Top Of The Rock (at night). It's one of the best views in the city and something every tourist should do.


2. Empire State Building. Look at it, go inside it, and whatever you do, visit the top of the empire state building!!! It's without a doubt, the best view of the city (and do it at night).


3. Visit all the little cultural "towns" and eat the best food there. You got Chinatown, Little Italy, Washington Heights (Spanish), Brighton Beach (Russian, there's an actual beach here that is quite nice with a chill boardwalk), and Harlem. Do some research and see what you'd like to see from each area.

4. Visit Central Park, and visit it many times and try to get through all of it. Each section of the park has its own little spark and flair and are noteworthy in its own way. Go to the Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, eat at the Boathouse (an incredible restaurant with an amazingly scenic view of the lake), take your loved ones on a nice row trip on that same lake, go take a tour of Belvedere Castle. The options are endless in Central Park. They even have gondolas.


5. Go to Coney Island. Tons of things to see here, during the day and during the night.

6. If you like theater, you must invest in some broadway shows, maybe some off-broadway, whatever you'd like, New York has. If you like jazz, definitely visit some popular clubs. Off the top of my head, you got the Blue Note, The Vanguard, Iridium, Birdland (Go see Tommy Igoe!!), Smalls (Fantastic Place for be-bop!!!!!!), Pete's Candy Shop, Apollo Theater, etc. Also, be sure to take a stroll down Macdougal street, along the intersection at Bleecker Street to check out some awesome music clubs. Down there, you got Groove, The Bitter End and a ton of others.


7. If you like museums, definitely visit the Big 3: Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Natural History. Also, The Guggenheim is fantastic, and if you're a little kinky, The Museum of Sex downtown is quite nice.

8. Some lesser-known, but equally worthy attractions include....go to the Shake Shack. It's pretty much the best burger you can get in the city for the price of fast food. The most popular one is in Madison Square Park. It is on 23rd street and 5th avenue.


Go the Highline Park. It's an underrated, elevated park that can give you some amazing views of the Hudson River.


That's all I can think of at the moment. If I think of anything else, I'll revisit this thread. Sorry this was so long :(, but there's just an enormous amount of stuff to do here.

Btw, all this stuff is actually very easy to get to as long as you have an understanding of our (rather complex) subway system. Nothing is farther than an hour away, and, depending on where you're hotel is, most places are between 5 and 20 minutes away.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:32 AM
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Well, thanks for the replies so far, everyone - they've been mighty useful! Was wondering, though, if anyone else had any other suggestions or thoughts. I figure better to have too much info than too little.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:09 AM
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