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4 Days in LA


We are traveling to LA on the 19th December for 4 days and trying to figure out the best time to plan our days but don't know how long we will need in each location. Any tips would be great please!

The locations are as follows:

- Disneyland

- Universal Studios

- Hollywood

- Rodeo Drive

- Santa Monica

- Sea world - San Diego

What is the best way to plan our days out? We are staying in Beverly Hills and will be hiring a car while we are there. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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1. Re: 4 Days in LA

Universal Studios can be a full day. Seaworld is a very long day with the drive taking 2 to 3 hours each way, depending on traffic. It takes a full day at Seaworld to see all the shows, rides, exhibits, etc. Disneyland is a full day, (actually there are 2 parks and it is more like 2 or 3 days to visit). So that leaves Hollywood, Rodeo Dr. and Santa Monica on the fourth day.

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You're really only spending 2 days in Los Angeles. The day at Disneyland is in the city of Anaheim in neighboring Orange County and Sea World is in San Diego County (beyond Orange County). Here's a map of the 3 sites and Beverly Hills: http://mapq.st/1hQ1qTM

WITHOUT TRAFFIC, the transfer times between Beverly Hills and the three sites are:

To Universal: 25 minutes

To Disneyland: 50 minutes

To Sea World: 2-1/2 hours

But if you travel to these destinations during morning rush hour on the 19th or 20th, the drive will take longer -- a lot longer. I am assuming that you are arriving at LAX very early in the morning on the 19th. Is that right?

If so, and if you're arriving from Oz, you will have spent 15 or so hours on the plane, crossing 6 time zones. You'll then have to de-plane which can take 30 minutes or more (depending on where you're sitting), then walk to Immigration and queue up, then walk to baggage claim and wait for your luggage, then walk to Customs and queue up, then emerge from the terminal and queue up to wait for the free shuttle to the off-site car hire lot, then queue up to fill out the paperwork, select your car and be on your way, It will be around 9:00 by then (which is 3:00 Melbourne-time). Are you tired yet?

I would head to Santa Monica (the closest of your destinations -- about 20 minutes from the airport). Park the car, have a look around and, in a few hours, head to Beverly Hills where you can go to your hotel, check in (if your room is ready and if it isn't leave your luggage with the porter/bellman), have lunch nearby, check out Rodeo Drive and then head to Hollywood. Spend some time there but by 3 or 4 pm, you're going to feel the 'jet lag' and will want to head back to your hotel and rest. Besides, you'll need to check in and unpack.

For the remaining 3 days, here would be my recommendation. First, as you can see on the map, you will need to pass Disneyland when you go to San Diego so it seems wasteful to drive to Anaheim for Disneyland, then head back to Beverly Hills then drive back to Anaheim and then beyond to San Diego. So, my first rec would be to change your hotel arrangements so that you have an overnight in Anaheim after Disneyland. This way, you'll be able to drive to San Diego, the next day in only an hour.

Even if you can't cancel or modify your Beverly Hills hotel reservation, I would get a second hotel in Anaheim for that night (hotels in Anaheim are cheap!), take an 'overnight bag' for the 1-nite stay and stay in Anaheim.

You don't tell us what time your return flight is to Melbourne on the 22nd but I'll assume it's late evening. On Friday morning, drive to Anaheim. Allow 2 hours for the drive and transfer from the car park to the main entrance gates. Stay Friday night in Anaheim. On Saturday morning drive to San Diego (little or no traffic), spend Saturday there and drive back to Beverly Hills on Saturday night (little or no traffic).

On Sunday, go to Universal.

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3. Re: 4 Days in LA

Ooh. 4 days to cover one of the largest cities in America plus Orange County plus San Diego seems a lot. I personally would spend the 4 days between Bev hills , LA and Santa Monica or follow HSJ's advise and move hotels. There is a lot more to see than just theme parks in SoCal. I hope you take the time to experience LA and not just man made machines

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4. Re: 4 Days in LA

Disneyland and Sea World are not in Los Angeles, but far away, and going to San Diego is not a day trip. I highly suggest dropping Sea World from your plan.

Spend your four days in LA, exploring. Santa Monica is a full day, by the way, and usually paired with Venice. Universal is a half day, or more if you really like that sort of thing.

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5. Re: 4 Days in LA

Its not really possible to do all on your itinerary in 4 days. Each of the amusement parks will take a full day and as others have noted Sea World is not in LA, its in San Diego (minimum 2-2.5 hour drive each way from metro LA area).

Suggest that you consider not doing San Diego/Sea World and either D-land or Universal. The parks are fun, but they have nothing to do with exploring LA. Take your other days exploring areas of the city.

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I agree with the above posts and Hindi. Good advice. And I also agree you should drop Sea World - it's too much in such a short period of time. And the 2 1/2 hour drive everyone is quoting (to get to San Diego) is without traffic! Los Angeles boasts some of the busiest freeways in the United States - in a heartbeat it could take 4 hours to get to San Diego. I suggest you take the day you would have gone to San Diego and explore more of LA instead - Malibu, Farmers Market... I listed ideas below. I suggest you print a map and put X's where the places are located and that will help you plan what to do in what order.

Universal Studios is fun, and adjacent (walking distance) is CityWalk with lots of restaurants and shops. 5-10 away is the Warner Brothers Tour that you could consider doing in the morning and then go on to Universal Studios Tour.

Other things to consider doing in LA -

Farmers Market on Third Street (adjacent The Grove with shops & restaurants

Griffith Park Observatory

California Science Center where the space shuttle Endeavor is parked

Beverly Hills/Rodeo drive is really just fancy shops if you're into that, otherwise if you just want to see rich

mansions, you could do that quickly just driving down streets in the area

Santa Monica has the Pier with rides and restaurants, also bike and rollerblade rentals that you can use on

the paved walkway between Santa Monica Pier and Venice Pier and shops and restaurants along the

way (you can also walk). And there's a big shopping area nearby call The Promenade Santa Monica

While in the Santa Monica area you could go 20 minutes to Malibu and see Getty Villa, try a restaurant, perhaps Gladstone's on the Beach.

Edited: 15 October 2013, 07:31
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7. Re: 4 Days in LA

I would drop San Diego, the drive time just eats up too much of the day.

Disneyland, which is two separate parks, will be in one of its busiest times of the year so if you only plan to spend one day there I'd have a really tight plan on what you want to see, limit what you want to see and be there from opening to closing (8AM-12AM?). The park's first two hours and last two hours will be the least crowded times.

I think Hollywood and Beverly Hills are both 2 hour max activities and to me Universal is worth no more than a half day.

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