HUNTED : { Honeymoon Destination – San Francisco & Los Angeles }

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HUNTED: { Honeymoon Destination – San Francisco & Los Angeles }

Today’s hunt is inspired entirely by one of my friends who has just booked their honeymoon to San Francisco / L.A. If it’s good enough for them …

Where is it? – I’d hope you’d know this one but, for the geographically challenged amongst you, both cities reside on the West coast of America, in the “Golden State” of California.

How long’s the journey? – Flying from London whether you head to San Francisco or L.A first you’re looking at 11+ hours.

When to go? – The Summer months are the hottest and driest, from May – September with temperatures consistently in the high 20’s (Celsius). San Francisco particularly has a reputation for being stunning in the Fall (Autumn to Brits) – excellent news if your honeymoon falls in September / October time.

What can we do? –  You are absolutely spoiled for choice. Let’s assume you plan a trip that flies into San Francisco and out of Los Angeles. First up – San Francisco. This laid-back, bohemian city notoriously has a lot of hills so you may want to avoid navigating on foot – take the trams, or take a bus tour. Be sure to stop at the Golden Gate bridge. There is also an enormous Chinatown in San Francisco – the biggest outside of Asia. A short tour away is the prison of Alcatraz. If you get lucky with timing, you could soak up the atmosphere at an American football game and see the 49ers play. North of San Francisco is the wine region of the Napa Valley – an ideal spot to spend a few days absorbing some viticulture.

On then to Los Angeles. Hire a car and drive down the coast – be aware Route 66 no longer exists per se although you can find detailed maps showing where it used to be if that tickles your fancy. The City of Angels is c. 400 miles from San Fran – achievable in a day if you put your foot down a bit. Los Angeles is of course the home of Hollywood, the land of the movie star, of Universal Studios and Rodeo Drive. Love it or loathe it, it is such an ingrained part of popular culture that it’s a fascinating life experience. If you want to exercise your inner child it’s also in proximity to Disneyland. If you want to do no exercise at all, head for the beaches of Malibu or the Orange County and absorb the bodies beautiful all around. If you want to go wild, tack on some time in Las Vegas. Please don’t kid yourself that you’ll win your wedding cost back – remember the house always wins.

Where should we stay? In San Francisco look at the Huntington Hotel  or the St Regis for luxury or Cavallo Point for a boutique stay in the National Park. In Los Angeles look at The Crescent for proximity to Beverley Hills or Grafton on Sunset for a Hollywood classic.

Where should we eat / drink? Again between two cities you are completely spoiled for choice. In San Francisco try The Slanted Door for Vietnamese ; French Laundry for US/French fusion ; La Folie for classic French or Manresa for innovative Californian. In Los Angeles go unashamedly Hollywood and visit Bar Marmont at the Chateau Marmont for drinks; and Mr Chow‘s for Chinese.

What should we budget? Flights alone will cost you £700+ each, especially if you fly into one city and out of another. Given the wealth of activity available I wouldn’t advise choosing this honeymoon if you are on a tight budget.

Any other top tips? In June San Francisco hosts the worlds largest gay pride event – a two day festival attracting around half a million people. San Francisco also plays host to various jazz & blues festivals, the largest of which usually falls in October / November time.

Los Angeles could be described as a permanent festival, but be conscious that the Oscars are held towards the end of February and the city will be crazy during this time.

Summary:  Dream of Californication. Sunshine, Wine, Food, Hollywood fantasy and the possibility of Las Vegas. This is a honeymoon for couples who like to get out and see the sights and not the couple who want two weeks of complete relaxation.

Have you been to San Francisco or Los Angeles?

Do you agree with these recommendations?

Or do you have any top tips of your own?

Feel free to comment below …


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