I'm pretty sure this has been covered before in the LA Forum, so please excuse me if this question is one you get a lot! I can't seem to find something that fits exactly!
We are thinking of making a trip to California next Easter break (1st two weeks of April). Our party will consist of 2 adults and a 13 year old boy. We plan to fly into San Francisco, spend a couple of nights there, and then drive down the coast to LA, possibly stopping at Monterey or Carmel on the way. We'd like to spend some time in LA, including a visit to Magic Mountain, and then spend at least 5 days at Laguna before flying home from LAX.
Please can I get some advice on the following:
1. Are we mad to try and cram all this into 2 weeks?
2. Would we be better off flying down from San FRancisco to LA?
3. Are there any particular things that would appeal to my 13 year old, non-sporty, completely computer game obsessed son?? (He's really looking forward to Alcatraz and Magic Mountain!).
4. Is there enough to do at Laguna apart from sunbathing and swimming? And is April a good time for the beach or will it still be too cold?
Sorry to provide such a list but any advice and help would be greatly appreciated as this is our first trip to California and we really want to get the most out of it. Any recommendations of places to stay would be good too - we're pretty self-sufficient and tend to go for self-catering type accommodation - aparthotels etc.
Thanks very much for any help offered!