Cyberdemon wrote:If you are flying in and out of LA I certainly wouldn't recommend trying to see both coasts of America in 2 weeks. As mentioned, it's a 6 hour flight from LA to NY which means you'll effectively waste 2 days in the crappiest airports in the country.
Since it will be the middle of the summer and you're willing to entertain some driving I'd recommend:
Land in LA, and take R66 and head to Vegas. There are some very old and interesting (if not depressing) sites of old America along the way which might be interesting, and it will help your jetlag since you can stay up all night and party in Vegas. During the day it will be too damn hot to do anything besides sit by a pool, but you can make a trip out to see the Grand Canyon.
From there you can head north to Lake Tahoe which is beautiful (and breaks up the trip) then head up to Portland. Portland IMO you could probably get a pretty good taste of in about 2 days. It's a very small walkable city and any events going on will give you a good fill of weird.
From there I'd suggest heading down and picking up RT 1 along the coast - beautiful twisting views of the Pacific (hence the convertible. Also because we drive on the right side of the road, driving south means you'll get the best view).
From there you can hit up any number of sites in CA. Napa wine country, SF, and LA all have a lot to do. If you migrate down the coast that way you should be able to break up your trip in a couple day chunks with plenty left to see.
Without coming across as an askhole, I think I'd shoot myself if I visited the USA without going to New York and now we're flying into LA and out of SF.
How does this sound?
Fly into LA - arrive at 12:45pm
Day 1 afternoon is written off with jetlag. Maybe visit a cool craft beer bar or something.
Day 2 kick around LA.
Day 3 Disneyland (my partner insists).
Day 4 Bus to Vegas, night out there
Day 5 Grand Canyon/Route 66 bus Trip, Vegas at night
Day 6 Fly to NY - See City Lights/Times Sq
Day 7 NY - Manhattan
Day 8 NY - Brooklyn
Day 9 NY - Staten Island/Statue of Liberty
Day 10 - Fly NY to Portland. Night out there
Day 11 - Portland
Day 12- Portland to SF. Night out there
Day 13 - SF - GG Bridge, Alcatraz, The Mission
Day 14 SF - Fly out at 9:45PM
Maybe skip Portland? I'm not sure. Also, how do you get from Portland to SF? I'd love to visit Rogue or Sierra Nevada Breweries while I'm there, but not sure of buses or how much a hire car would cost. I've driven RHD in crazy Switzerland roads, so I know I can do it. Will I need a special license?