Los Angeles - A dying city
Los Angeles felt like it was dying. Hollywood was less impressive than expected (I wasn't expecting much to begin with), it was tacky, touristy (which you can sort of expect) but just lacks any charm or personality. It felt like the worse that America had to offer, seen as such a cash cow - not a point of pride. The nicest area of LA to stay in would be Santa Monica. It is cleaner and has a better atmosphere. Still, I'd advice heading to San Diego and San Francisco if you have the time.
Insider Tip:Minimize your time here, do what you have planned but don't lull around.