It has been 4 years now, and more options have emerged over the time. I’m answering hope it will help other travelers on the route. Nowadays, travelers can avoid layover with nonstop red eye flights with JetBlue (B6) and Alaska Airlines (AS). United (UA) and American (AA) also operate nonstop flights.
Check this page listing some best nonstop as well as ...
I don't know if this is still the case, but I visited the Studios 3 years ago and on the ticket it said:
This ticket is only valid for the person named on it
Infact I made the payment, as per your case, but I chose 2 different names.
It's better if you contact the Studios directly and explain the problem.
As far as the Bay Area is concerned, there aren't that many large bookstores, which was surprising to me as a European.
Even San Francisco's semi-famous City Lights felt by no means big if you were to compare it to the large European bookstores (think Waterstones, Dom Knigi, etc.). Couldn't find books on many topics, natural sciences in particular. Trendy ...
Depends what you want. The US has two distinct types of shopping:
Local beloved one-off shops and restaurants, including uniquely curated general bookstores, used bookstores and specialty bookstores. They're akin to what you might find in Europe.
Mass-market stores which are deliberately generic rubber-stamps of each other, you've seen one, you've seen ...
Another starting point may be to check out Evelyn Leeper's Bookstores lists available here. They're sorted into major metropolitan areas or larger areas like southwestern USA, Benelux, etc.
She relies on people reporting changes so you will have to check each listing that you find interesting to make sure that it's still open and/or in the same location. ...
In San Francisco:
City Lights Bookstore
Near San Francisco:
Moe's Books in Berkeley
Cal Student Store in Berkeley
Stanford University Bookstore in Palo Alto
Berkeley is accessible from San Francisco by the BART regional train system.
Palo Alto is accessible by the CalTrain commuter heavy rail system.
In my experience, the Stanford store has a better ...
There are a few, but they're becoming quite rare these days, many have closed down as e-commerce and digital (read: Amazon) have changed people's habits, while others have reduced dramatically in size.
The largest bookstore chain in the US is Barnes & Noble, and you can find their locations using the store finder on their website. Stores can vary quite ...