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Help with L.A itenerary.

We are a family with kids aged 7 and 6 years. This will be our first time in LA and USA.

Our Hotel in West Hollywood area.


26 arrival

27 walk of fame

chinese theater

holllywood and highland shopping

Griffin park

28 six flag park

29 Venice/Santa monica

30 Santa Barbara-seacenter/shopping

31 Malibu-Hiking/sightseeing

1 Palm springs- Water related sports?

2 Huntington Garden/Getty center/ Carlifonia Science center

3 Knotts Berry farm

4 Manhattan Beach walking and deperture later that evening.

Is that possible? Any advice?

we shall be driving


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1. Re: Help with L.A itenerary.

Generally that should be possible. The only one that stands out as possibly being a bit difficult would be " Huntington Garden/Getty center/ Carlifonia Science center" in one day, as these are a bit spread out from each other and you'll probably want to spend 2-3 hours at each one. It would probably make more sense to do the Getty on the same day as Venice / Santa Monica, or on the same day as Malibu (except as you've listed it, your day in Malibu would be on a Monday and the Getty Center is closed on Mondays). Or, do it on the 27th of March - assuming by "Griffith park" that you mean the Griffith Observatory, that can be an evening activity and the Hollywood stuff does not take long, leaving you plenty of time for The Getty that day.

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Palm Springs is in the desert about 2hrs. from your hotel.

Not sure what "water related sports" you'd find out in the desert???

Perhaps you mean something else?

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There is a water park in Palm Springs (Knott's Soak City) but it only operates seasonally and may not be open at the time of your visit.

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It sounds fun!

Griffith Park (not Griffin) is a lot of fun and very big. You might like the LA Zoo (it's in Griffith Park), which is a really nice one that doesn't cost a fortune! Or look for some hikes to do along with the Observatory and views from there.

March is a good month for hiking in the Santa Monica mountains from Malibu. Google Solstice Canyon, Charmlee Park, Sycamore Canyon, and Malibu Creek State Park; I remember they were good hikes with children.

I'm glad you are going to Santa Barbara on a Sunday, as that's when they have a great arts and crafts sale along the beach. Really nice things and reasonably priced, too.


While there, take a short hike to see overwintering Monarch butterflies - it's amazing to see how they keep warm in a huge cluster.


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5. Re: Help with L.A itenerary.

I agree with Mach Three. Getty Center is best added to your Santa Monica or Malibu days, given its location in West Los Angeles.

And it is true that "walk of fame/chinese theatre/hollywood and Highland" may take very little time. They are all on the same block, and may take an hour or even less. You will be able to do something additional that day. A few good choices that are not too far away: La Brea Tar Pits, LA County Museum of art, Farmers Market/the Grove, Petersen Automobile Museum, scenic drive of Beverly Hills. Or you might want to drive over to the Getty.

Huntington Gardens and California Science Center both take several hours. Huntington unfortunately has very limited hours.

Do check opening times and days before making your final schedule.

Edited: 22 January 2014, 18:36
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With a six year old, skip Palm Springs and Six Flags and head down to LEGOLAND and Sea World instead. Probably skip the one-nighter in Santa Barbara too. Or are you stuck / locked into your West Hollywood hotel for the entire stay?

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