@Monkee - I think if you have a week set aside for LA, I’d recommend taking an overnight trip to San Diego during that time. Only 2-3 hours’ drive but an absolutely boss place. Scenic, laid back whilst having a hive of activity in the downtown area.
LA itself wasn’t all that when I went and whilst there’s lots to see/do, you could easily slot the best of if into 3-4 days. I’d swerve Hollywood itself, though, as it was a rough-arse dump with pimps and women on the batter on every street corner when I went. From what I’ve read since then, it’s got worse.
@HarmonicGenerator - when you say a few days in San Francisco, how many are you talking? I went in September so have loads of recommendations I can fire over but I don’t want to overload you if you’re pushed for time. A day trip to Yosemite would be right up there towards the top of the list if you’ll be in SF for more than 3 days (any less and you’ll probably do yourself out of some of the best parts of the city). Regardless, brace yourself for homeless situation in downtown San Francisco. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and out of control.
Whilst I’m here, does anyone have any shouts for a long weekend in Barcelona? I’m going in mid-February and aside from going to the match and seeing the beautiful horizon, we’ve planned sod-all else for the 5 days we’re there. Ta.