On Thursday 12th December I fly into LAX and intend to book 2 nights in an LA hotel. Mid-range upwards, room wifi, shuttle bus to LAX so that I can return to collect my rental car at 10 am on 14th. Any recommendations welcomed please.
I'd also appreciate suggestions for one full day in LA please, Friday 13th. I have previously visited LA but saw little except Santa Monica. Forty years ago I enjoyed Universal Studios and would probably do so again unless better options emerge. (I note that it's only #20 in Trip Advisor top LA attractions list, but most of the museums and parks ranked ahead don't really appeal. Maybe a guided bus tour? No theme parks etc as I'll get more than my share with grandsons around San Diego from 21st December until flight back on 28th.
And for the evening? Concert, dinner, show, 'City Walk'? ...
I then have 8 days of touring, so far unplanned, apart from collecting rental car from Avis at LAX and returning it in Carlsbad by 5 pm on 21st December.
Preferences are for scenic driving, canyons, desert, atmospheric towns, comfortable motels (room wifi essential). Have previously visited Joshua Tree, Temecula, Palm Springs, San Francisco (but too far for this trip anyway), Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Zion. Haven't planned to book beyond LA because of current uncertainty about weather forecasts on 14th Dec onwards. If accessible would love another look at Grand Canyon, despite two previous visits. Or Canyonland, which I've never visited. But open to any and all suggestions please, including motels.
Terry, East Grinstead, UK