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im heading CA in april , fly into lax and 1 day hope to see all the sights and the next do Universal studios then drivng up the coast to end up in San Francisco can anyone help is it very hard to drive in la and is the traffic a real nightmere and where should i stay. would i be better renting my car after iv done la ?

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One day to see all the sights . Humm just like one can see all the sights in London in one day. Humm. Are you with your jet lag in such a rush to get out of LA ? There is a wealth of info in the LA TOP Questions on what to do and see so if you have one day please be selective and also where to stay. If you can drive in London, you can drive in LA

The drive along hwy 1 is well documented in the TOP Questions on the California forum. Please read those

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Ditto to what belomiser said, LA is pretty easy to drive. We do have a rush hour, you should be able to avoid the worst of it. The city was built around the car, with wide streets, normally in a grid. Parking, street signs, and navigation are all relatively easy. Please note that we drive on the right side of the road.

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So, what's your list of things you wish to see in one day? Where will you be staying that first night?

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You really need to plan your L.A. Itinerary. Like London, L.A is very spread out.

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Welcome to TripAdvisor and the Los Angeles forum, H k. Yes, seeing all the sites in the second largest city in the US will be a challenge! Please take a look at the tab, in green, at the top of this page - Things to Do. You will find lots of information that will help you find things to do.

Traffic is not such an issue if you avoid rush hours - 7-9:00 am and 4-7:00 pm. Just plan to be somewhere during those time periods rather than on the road.

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I still haven't picked what area to stay maybe someone could help with that one. And to see all the sights I thought we could just use a sight seeing bus and would cover most things ?

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The main "Tourist" area for the city of Los Angeles is the Hollywood and Highland Intersection. Plenty of walkable things, and easy public transit. Plus the main Tour Company in LA, Starline Tours, is located at the Shoppertainment Mall on the corner.

I like the Hotels like the Magic Castle Hotel, Orchid Suites, or if you want to have full service, the Loews Hollywood.

tripadvisor.com/Hollywood-Hotels-Los_Angeles…

Just not, there is a big difference between the city of LA, and then the county of LA, or the Greater Los Angeles Area.

So while you can use the LA Metro Rail system to the city of Long Beach, visiting places like Disneyland in Anaheim (Orange County) would more than likely need you to get a Hotel/Motel in the area. (Many folks opt to stay in Anaheim and do day trips to the LA/Hollywood area, to not have to change accommodations). Grey Line Anaheim is the main tour company in the area, that covers much of Southern California, including popular San Diego Tourist attractions, as it is the most popular tourist area in California).

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However, Disneyland (Anaheim) is an hour from LA by car, more by public transit. So if you're not planning on going to DL, do not stay in Anaheim. If you do want to go to DL, either do a day trip there, or stay there only for the days you plan on spending at DL.

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One day to see LA is absurd, and no, there's no tour that covers all the sights. Must you spend one of your two days at Universal , a theme park?

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In L.A., the Bus Tours are very touristy and go on a very limited route (it's a very large city). You'd do just as well just to go to Hollywood, do the "sights" there and then take a taxi to one other place nearby (like Beverly Hills). Or you could just stay in Santa Monica for an entire day - way more than enough to do and see for one day. The bus isn't going to show you anything but city streets. L.A. doesn't have tons of historic architecture, you want to get out, walk, see things, go to Griffith Park Observatory, go to the Autry Museum, walk Hollywood Boulevard, get your snapshot on Rodeo Drive, go to the Santa Monica Pier and play in the sand, see the Getty Center and its views. But the bus will take you past some places (in theory, with a HOHO bus, you'd get out and maybe do some shopping - the stops on those tours are really oriented toward getting some shopping done, IMO).

Most of us, were we to take out of town visitors around, would choose different things than the HOHO bus.

THe drive to SF from LA up the coast *cannot* be done in one day safely or enjoyably (if it can be done at all). It took us 10.5 hours on a Sunday drive from south of SF (airport) to north of LA (Santa Barbara). We got out of the car for all of 40 minutes during that time (and that included buying gas). We have seen it all before so we didn't stop. It's a bit faster on weekdays, btw. But you'd still want to leave early and have an overnight stop someplace like...well, where, exactly? Cambria? It would still take 6-7 hours to get to SF by HIghway 1 (you might want to switch over to the 101 at some point - then to the 280 for the fastest trip to SF).

Traffic in London is much slower and more bumper to bumper in LA. To us, the slow pace of traffic in London was enjoyable as we were sightseeing. But, people drive 80 (111 kph? Something like that). If that's a nightmare to you, then yes, it's a nightmare (we call that "clear sailing"). 70 mph is average when the freeways aren't backed up. Highway 1, however, has stoplights along a large portion of its route.

No, you would not be better off renting your car after LA. You need it to get around.

Having said all that, if you're content just to see Hollywood and Highland and one other thing, then you'll have seen "all of the sights" in one day and can go to Universal/Citywalk for your next day. April has many local activities and outdoor type things to do, but with only one day, none of us can tell you what to see in LA. Me, I'd go to Disneyland and skip Universal, but that's just me.