We just spent 8 days in LA area and we really relied on this site to plan our activities, so I thought I'd give an overview of what we did and how it worked out. If you're planning a trip, I would also recommend the
"Where" magazine. It was at our hotel, but I wished I would have had it before our trip. They have a website, and I would think you can get one sent to you.
Universal VIP tour -- worth the $150 per person. You get personalized treatment -- our guide took our jackets back to the VIP lobby and then retrieved them when we needed them later. The front of the line aspect is great. I don't think that the Studio tour would really be all that great if you don't do the VIP tour.
Jay Leno Show -- sent a ticket request by mail about 8 weeks in advance. Got tickets in the mail. They say to be there by 3:30, but that there are no guarantees for admission. We got there at 2:00 and there were only about 50 people in front of us. But, those people definitely have the premier seats for the show. He was great -- worth the wait in line.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library -- about an hour north of LA. We had to head up that way to see family, so we worked this in. It was fun since we were in the area, but not sure that I'd make a special trip. The only thing that appealed to the kids is the opportunity to go on an actual Air Force One plane.
Warner Bros. VIP Tour -- Very good. Only $35 per person. If you have to choose between Universal and Warner Bros, I'd choose Warner Bros. Now, having said that, Universal is also an amusement park. Warner Bros. is strictly studio tour.
Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade. Had a great day. Ate lunch at the Lobster. Expensive, but worth it. Definitely a fun part of the trip.
La Brea tar pits. Fun to see. Great exhibits.
We had a rental car, so we drove around through a lot of the neighborhoods -- Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, Melrose, etc. With a navigation system, I found it very easy to get around.
We stayed at the Hollywood Renaissance. I posted a separate review of that.