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Old 01-10-2015, 12:09 PM
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Thinking of taking family to LA this summer. I was hoping someone lived there and could answer a few questions nod recommend some nice or decent areas to stay in. Lots of deals on web sites but looking for areas that are convenient and nice for hotels. Taking wife and kids....
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I don't live there, but I have done a lot of vacationing there. We like to stay in Valencia area. Thats where Six flags is. The kids like the stars home tours, the movie studio tours. Of course, they always want to see the hollywood sign. The beach is of course a good spot, especially for a sunset. For some reason, seeing the queen mary down in Long Beach is always a hit. Valencia is a bit north, but its a nice drive, and six flags is close, which is where they kids like to spend most of their time anyway.
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Lived there for several years. If you are taking wife and kids and want to do the "Hollywood" stuff like studio tours and maybe see a show taping (many are on hiatus in the summer, FYI), I'd stay in Century City. It's safe and clean and central to the showbiz stuff. We went a couple years ago for a visit and stayed at a nice Hyatt, I believe on Century Blvd.

You'll have to rent a car, obviously, and you'll want to drive Malibu along the coast. Will Rogers State Park is great for hiking. Beaches... forget Santa Monica and go to Manhattan Beach or Malibu.

Drives to the north and the south: North, Santa Barbara is great but a hike. South, Laguna is hard to beat. These are both a couple hours so maybe an overnight stay.

Mountains... Bear Mt. is reasonably close and nice, but crowded in summer.

Hopefully a current Angeleno will chime in but feel free to PM me.
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I can help -- what are you looking for?

LA is very spread out, so you will want to stay close to your intended activities. How long will you be in town?
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There is great fishing in Louisiana. Oh you mean that overcrowded, overpriced, smoggy place. Sorry my bad. Have fun anyway in CA.
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Thanks guys, the short is we live in Miami, great beaches, fishing, sunshine all year round. We've taken the kids to NYC now wanted to do Cal. We will be doing the tourist stuff, Chinese theater, Hollywood, the beaches and the two main amusement parks. Plan to be there 5 days then drive to Las Vegas for a couple of days. Wanted to stay somewhere in the middle. Not the beach, as this won't be a beach vacation. Oh yeah and we hope to catch a real baseball team while we are there. I think something like century city might be what we are looking for, based on the map it appears centered.
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Hilton LA Universal City across from Universal Studios, close to Griffith Park. Very nice place, but just one of many.
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If your wish is to stay somewhere in the middle, I would look at something in West Covina, twenty miles East of downtown Los Angeles, thirty minutes or less northwest of Disney land, Knox berry farm, lots of Radissons, Best Westerns and hotels in that class, less than a hour from Morongo Casino, straight shot to Vegas, hour and a half from Sea World.
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I lived in San Diego...and always stayed in Orange County when we did LA stuff.

Orange County is very nice....and if you are in the North part of the county near Disney, you aren't far from all the LA stuff without all the nonsense.

I'm a Florida Native...and discovered how great DisneyLAND is...

And would drive back across the country for a meal at Cortina's after Disneyland.
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I went there a few years ago on a weekend before a work conference. I stayed in Inglewood. Don't do that.
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West Covina? Please do not stay there.
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There is great fishing in Louisiana. Oh you mean that overcrowded, overpriced, smoggy place. Sorry my bad. Have fun anyway in CA.
Dito haha :-D lol
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Chateau Marmont. It's the only place to stay.
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Stay in Santa Monica, close to all and a nice area
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Stay in Dana Point or Newport Beach. Great beaches and harbors at both, but you already have the Miami version. You will be driving the freeways a lot. The LA freeways are very crowded. Orange County freeways are much less crowded becauase us rich Republicans pay a .5% tax for our roads.
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
West Covina? Please do not stay there.
Could you explain, do you know your way around Los Angeles/ Orange Counties. Covina/West Covina may not have the top tier hotels, but safe neighborhood, in the center of everything, all the people involve in race car industries stay there when there are involve with events at either Fontana Speedway of Irwindale raceway.
You may want to check that there is nothing going on a either Speedway during your stay if you decide to stay in the West Covina area, all the hotels are booked and the area is a mad house,
Depending on where you decide to stay, you may want to avoid LAX, if you are staying East of downtown LA, Ontario is far better to fly in, larger in land size than LAX and far less traffic, you will be on the shuttle to car rental,( less than five minutes away) in less than fifteen minutes.
if you choose somewhere in Orange County. fly in to John Wayne.

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Stay in Santa Monica, close to all and a nice area
Santa Monica while nice and upscale present travel problems if all your activities are not at the beach or near.
Just about anywhere to go you will have to take the 405 freeway or go through downtown Los Angeles.
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Chateau Marmont. It's the only place to stay.
if you only stay one night!

Hollywood is a pit.

Drive Mullholland and US1.

Century city or south of Melrose is central and safe.
Go see the Groundlings improv troupe.
Melrose has great shops you can almost afford .
Sunset strip.
BH and BA
Manhattan bch is beautiful and very west coast.

LA museum is a must.

If driving a lot get a Thomas map book. One wrong turn can get you killed.
Take lots of valium for rush hour. The ocean will be on your left when facing north.

Venice bch is great people watching.
The live music scene is insanely good. Pick up a copy of LA weekly.
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I suspect that you will pay a premium for Century City as it is much more business (ie expense account) oriented than tourist oriented. Aside from some nice restaurants, not a lot going on in Century City either, although it is a quick drive to all the west-side tourist areas (Beverly Hill shopping, Venice beach freak watching, Santa Monica, etc.). Probably makes more sense to stay near Disneyland for a few days then relocate to somewhere near Six Flags. From either you can drive into Hollywood, etc., for a full day of that sort of sight seeing.
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im guessing we will arrive on friday. have saturday and sunday for sightseeing and do the two parks on monday and tuesday. Universal and magic mntn. wed i will drive to beaches, manh, long, etc. then thursday head out to las vegas. i dont care to stay at beach and drive a lot, i have plenty of beaches. again, as long as area is nice and affordable, dont plan to spend to much time at hotel....
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