Traveling by train or renting a car are your only options.
IF you'll have a car then there's also no need for the tour as there is easy free parking at most places you'll want to visit.
Here is info about our local commuter train service on The Coaster:
Let us know where you'd like to go and if you'll have a car and we will be able to help you further.
really anywhere in So Cal you need a car. Costco travel has really good deals.
I just want to clarify, many folks visit California without a rental car, and have a great time using public/mass transit.
One of the main reasons for these locations, all popular with tourists are the fact that trains/light rail and subways serve them, along with decent Bus systems, and the options that private companies offer in tours and shuttle services.
Now, are there some locations, that are harder to get to without a car, the answer is yes. But there are many reasons why some visitors won't get a rental car. Many folks still don't have a drivers license, especially if they live back east in a Urban setting and never needed to get one. Some folks are not eligible for Drivers Licenes for Medical or other reasons. Some foreign visitors drive on the other side of the road, and prefer not to have to drive on the opposite side. Some folks just want to relax on holiday and leave the driving to others, some would like to enjoy some alcoholic beverages and know they shouldn't drive after drinking. Those under 25 have difficulties renting a car, etc...
Then you have to look at the costs, not just renting the car, but things like the additional insurances needed (Many Americans have rental car coverage as part of the main car insurance and some Credit Card companies offer coverage also, but not foreign visitors). Add to that parking fees at many Hotels, Tourist attractions, etc, plus the cost of gas (currently over $4 a gallon) and it becomes a major part of the budget.
So you do not need to have a car. In some cases, it is helpful, but sometimes, using public/mass transit is easier. When we travel, we might drive to a location, but then park the car and then switch to public transit to visit nearby locations duringour visit, so we can relax and leave the driving to others.Edited: 22 April 2012, 16:38
We spent a week in Carlsbad in Dec. We rented a car, but not sure we needed to. The most good the car did was get us to grocery store. Though it was a sure way to get to and from airport. but think we could have done that on Coaster.
We day tripped into San Diego on the Coaster.which is right along coast for much of trip. and two blocks from our resort.
We did a bus tour to Hollywood, and was sure glad he was driving. Also a wine bus tour to Temecula. walked Carlsbad and sat on the beach. Resort had activities like bingo.
I know if we go again i will check out a no car option. We have learned to go without cars in cities. but Carlsbad at first glance did not seem place we could do that.Edited: 26 April 2012, 23:57
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