I am just looking to get some expert advice on what I am planning to do with our trip in LA in January next year.
Basically I am juggling up whether or not to rent a car for our stay in LA and the greater regions or just use public transport and/or taxis. We are from Hobart, Australia so are not use to the biggest nor busiest roads, plus driving on the other side adds to my concern of safe driving.
My idea at the moment is after flying into LA head straight to Anaheim to spend 2-3 nights for Disneyland. After this we are looking to head to Hollywood. I am thinking that one night will be sufficient in Hollywood (head early in the morning and leave afternoon the next day) to do the main attractions plus a studio tour of some kind. After this I think we would like to head to Santa Monica area to relax for a night or two before we pick up a hire car drive up the coast to SF.
After some extensive research I think it would be okay for us to do the main attractions of these areas without a hire car if we spend that little bit extra and stay in hotels in well located areas eg. Hollywood Celebrity Hotel, Howard Johnson Anaheim etc. Would we miss out on much by not hiring a car? And potentially could we save money after reading about paying for parking etc.
Appreciate any advice on this topic and look forward to expert opinions.