First off, IMO, LA isn't all that great. There's really nothing special about it other than it's the only major So-Cal city besides San Diego. You might like San Diego. I was born there, and I go there on a regular basis. Next, there's Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Six Flags. Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and some parts of LA are good for shopping, and San Diego and Anaheim have good restaurants. Then, you'll definitely want to stop in San Francisco. They have a great Chinatown, and if you're there on March 7th, you can even celebrate Metallica Day (Yes, there is such a thing there). The only other good place on the west coast I know of is Vancouver. I went there for a week a few months ago, and it was awesome. They basically have everything, and it's all fairly close together downtown. If you go there, I recommend Steamworks (Great restaurant). On the east coast, I've been to Washington, D.C., but that's about it. If you're interested at all in American history, that's the place to go. Just be careful what you bring around, because security has been even tighter since 9/11. Try and go during the barbecue festival. I think it's sometime in June, but I don't remember. All I remember is that they had good bands playing and great food. That's all I got.