i'm spending 2 nights(with the wife) in Beverly Hills and 3 nights in San Diego (Gaslamp district) next week, anyone got any tips for good eateries and drinking holes? or anything else for that matter?
we're intending on doing a hop on/hop off bus tour in LA to see a bit of the city, i will be hiring a car at LAX and driving to Beverly Hills, then driving down to San Diego - any thoughts on the drive looks like freeway mostingly, i'mm assuming there would be some nice stops on the way? We're doing Sea World on one day(missus loves it) and probably gonna hit the beach for another, also going to go to the Tiuana Premium Outlets for some shopping as i'm hoping it'll be cheaper than the ones in Vegas, we drive up there afterwards...
I'm flying into LA too next week! Can't wait! When you pick your car up, if you've got time, drive up Highway 1 beyond Santa Monica and follow the coast road till you get to the junction where Sunset Boulevard begins. Follow Sunset all the way to Beverley Hills and you'll get a great introduction to some of the areas of LA on the way - Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, etc.
Where are you staying? Beverly Hills is a great place. Great place to have lunch is outside at 208 Rodeo at the bottom of Rodeo Drive. You can park underground around the corner. Beautiful place for dinner is Villa Blanca on Brighton Way.
As others have said there's some nice places to see on the coast road to San Diego, Laguna Beach and La Jolla included.
Gaslamp quarter is nice and an ideal central location. Not really eaten much around there, just Hard Rock Cafe which was good. Stayed at the Sofia Hotel which has a nice bar.
There is also a great premium outlet on the way to Vegas at Primm. Vegas itself also has one a few minutes off the Strip.
Can't wait to be enjoying a mojito at Rhum Bar at the Mirage in two weeks!
Have a great trip and don't hesitate to ask anything else about southern California.