I'm planning a trip touring California this summer with my family, arriving (from UK) into Los Angeles, spending almost a week travelling up the coast to San Francisco, and then spending just over another week travelling back to LA via Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
I've found the information on this forum invaluable for planning and I'm sure I'll be back to ask more detailed questions nearer the time.
One thing I haven't seen discussed on here ... I apologise if this has been covered, but I didn't find it ... is approach to familiarising yourself with a new town/city quickly and efficiently when you first arrive.
My main experience of touring has been in Europe (mostly France and Belgium, Germany to a lesser extent) where I would generally drive myself to the middle of town, usually marked by the l'Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), park up and go for a walk around the middle of the town, checking out Restaurants, Theatres, Museums, posters for events, etc. To get a feel for what's there and what options there are to do whilst visiting.
Now, my (admittedly very) limited experience of the US suggests that towns/cities tend not to be as centralised, nor are they quite so easy to get around on foot. So ... could any of you provide your tips for where to head or what to do to find your way around some place (in California) that you've never visted before and will only be visiting for around 24hrs?
Thanks in advance.