I am heading off to Los Angeles this week to explore the area, as far north as San Francisco. On my current list of things to see are the Hale telescope, and my father and I are working hard to get tours of Berkeley, Caltech, JPL, and SpaceX. If you work at any of these locations, I, an impressionable young engineer, would greatly appreciate any attempts to get myself a tour.
I'd like to see a few observatories while I am in the area, and I am willing to travel a fair amount to see them. As well, a Californian star party would also be a nice addition to the trip.
Seeing as many of our members are from the area, my question to you is: What should I see? I am also interested in engineering and design, so if you know of any facilities I could tour, feel free to point them out.