There are many places to go: The redwoods, Yosemite, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, and of course the BEACHES! Especially great beaches in S California. Be prepared for heat in inland or Southern California. It's a cold and foggy climate along the north coast though (where I live).
which "hood" hmmm should i advise you to act surface and talk in "plastic" (the valley).. never look in the eye or get genuine orrrrrr hip and bring an interpreter (compton).. never look in the eye or.. well just dont orrrrrr your stilletto's (you can join one of my parties).. and fun slink dress up.. unless your a guy.. then its the designers orrrrrr your swimsuit and find a beach/wave orrrrrr your tshirt and jeans (that would be the norm for me.. and most parties) bring your surfboard.. ill give ya a lesson im only there when i wanna be so youll hafta have your people call my people