I am trying to decide if I want to go to LA or NYC more next year. I whould spend around 3-4 days in each city. If I went to LA I whould go to KBF and SFMM. If I went to NYC I whould go to SFNE and SFGADV. Please tell me what you think!
I don't know if LA is any more dirty than LA. But I can tell you that it is sprawling madness. It does look pretty cool from the air at night and there are a lot of cool things to see and do...but still...sprawl....miles and miles of the same stuff.
------------------ "I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
LA more dirty than NYC? Huh, could have fooled me. Here's the thing. They are both very large cities, the first and second largest in the country, so there are going to be issues that some small-town folk won't like. Personally, overall they're both great places, as long as you're not in NYC during the winter.
Personally, I'd pick L.A. Why? Because there are so many parks so close. SFMM, KBF, Universal Studios, Disney, and California Adventure are all within 45 minutes of downtown; whereas there's a much greater distance between NYC and the parks you are talking about. That said, it is much easier to visit the parks and other parts of SoCal on your trip. Get tickets for Leno, The Price is Right, etc, party on Sunset Blvd, and the beaches in L.A. are much nicer than those around NYC.
Also, remember the weather factor. What if you went to the east coast, and it ends up raining most of the week? That's a trip wasted. Does it rain in SoCal during the summer? Nope. Although, avoid the month of June. From what I know there's this phenomenon known as "June Gloom," where it's overcast for about two weeks straight. It happens every year in June. Noticing you're from Indianapolis, going to the west coast will also allow you a break from the nasty summer humidity.
Keep in mind L.A. is both heaven and hell. If you spend all your time in the ghettos, you'll wish you never went. If you spend all your time in the nice areas, you'd think you have reached the promised land and you'll never want to leave.
Like the Beach Boys said, "I wish they all could be California girls."
I agree that LA has more natural beauty, but NYC has that metropolis mystique. The fashion, culinary, arts and skyscraper capital of the world. Also the argument that the parks are so close doesn't hold. Get caught in traffic on 405, 101 or 5 and you end up taking the same amount of time getting to these parks ;)
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Thanks for all of your info so far evreybody but here is another queston I have.... I am traveling with some people who want to go to about 2 parks max. What is the best 2 parks around the areas? If you chould nmae the 2 best big parks (SFMM, SFGADV, etc) and the best small park (Pacific Park, Coney Island, Jershey Shore, etc) that whould be great. Thanks!
By small parks I meant parks where you spend about 1-3 hours at and only have about 1-2 coasters. By the way how is the Great White in NJ? And yes the Beast is the best Eric. ------------------ R.I.P King Cobra 1984- 2001