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4 days in LA area with car

Looking for off the beaten track suggestions on what to do and see. 2 adults, early 50's. what is universal like? Worth going? What about Catina island? Looking to do some touring and R and R. One of us has a injured foot, so big walks are out. Is it easy to get around LA by transit? We are renting a car, but want to know if we need one in LA itself, or is parking a crazy price?

Arriving on Friday night, March 8th and leaving mid afternoon on the 12th.

Thanks from Canada.

LT

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1. Re: 4 days in LA area with car

Keep your car in LA. Parking is plentiful and free or cheap most places. Universal Studios, many hotels and many of the larger tourist attractions do charge high amounts for parking. Transit can be done, but takes longer and there's some walking involved so probably not a good idea with the foot situation.

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2. Re: 4 days in LA area with car

Wow...having a car in LA opens up MANY possibilities of things to do...with an injured foot or without.

Can you be a little more specific as to the things you guys care to see and what your interests are?

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3. Re: 4 days in LA area with car

With an injured foot, you will not do yourselves a favor by taking public transit as it requires walking, sometimes a lot of it.

With a car, I suggest 1/2 day to drive up Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu. I like to stop at Leo Carrillo State Beach to check out the tide pools, then go on to La Jolla Canyon for the views, turn around and head back. If you do this in the afternoon, stop at Duke's for dinner and to watch the sun set.

Catalina Island is a lovely day trip, but it's a long one. You will need to go to San Pedro or Long Beach to get the ferry, which takes an hour to get to Catalina. While there, you should rent a golf cart and visit the Wrigley Botanical Garden, especially if coming in the spring (primarily native plants there).

Universal Studios is fun. The back lot is very interesting. You might like the VIP tour, although it is pricey:

universalstudioshollywood.com/tickets/…

I might drop Catalina and use that money for the VIP experience at Universal.

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4. Re: 4 days in LA area with car

Have you booked your hotel? Where is it? Are you coming this Friday!?!

Catalina isn't a day trip because of the effort to get to the port. Moreover, you need to be fully mobile when you get there.

With the foot injury, keep the car.

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5. Re: 4 days in LA area with car

I would think that walking around Universal (and standing in line) with an injured foot would be tiresome; in fact, I would select a number of 'little attractions' to visit rather than a few ones like Catalina and Universal; this way, if the person with the injured foot gets tired, you can leave the attraction (or rest) without feeling like a lot of time. effort and money has been wasted.

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Thanks

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