Southern California, also known as SoCal, is a large area of the country and California. It seems like everyone lives there. Costs for day to day living are higher than most places but food prices seem to be average. Los Angeles is the major city with many suburbs but San Diego is right next door. Driving in the city is more complicated with more traffic, pedestrians, and signals than normal. However, the food is pretty legitimate, especially the Asian food, well known on the West Coast. Most US cities can be toured in a weekend but due to the size of this area, give it a good week to explore. Even though a metro system exists, a car rental is recommended because many places are spread out and out of reach of the metro. As everything is congested most of the time, try to visit every location as early as possible so entry and parking do not become an issue. Expect lines of 1-2 hours, especially for popular attractions. The weather is usually decent, even in the winter, never hitting freezing and mostly sunny with little rain.