I have not been to L.A. in 20 years but will travel there with my kids in July 2014. We will stay in Redondo Beach and use our rental car to drive to Universal Studios on a Wednesday (3rd July). We would like to be at Universal Studios when the park opens at 9AM or shortly thereafter. How can we best avoid traffic jams on our way from South Bay to North Hollywood? What would L.A. Traffic Experts recommend? After visiting Universal studios we would like to drive up to Griffith Park Observatory before dusk. Any driving and dining advice for this area? Finally, how would you drive from Griffith Park back to South Bay after 8 pm on that day (the day before Independence Day)? Many thanks in advance for your advice!