We (5 of us) are arriving on 3rd May (Saturday), noon in LAX. Will be in LA for 3 days (moving to San Diego on 6th afternoon). Staying in Hollywood. I am renting a minivan which I have not driven before (have driven only small cars-civic, elantra), so want to first do an easier drive from the airport, also check in is only at 3 PM, so dont want to go directly to hotel.
These are all the places we want to visit while in LA:
1. Santa Monica (Pier + 3rd st promenade)
2. Griffith Observatory
3. Universal Studios (planning this on Monday)
4. Downtown LA (China Town, Little Italy)
5. Beverly Hills (Grove, farmers market, rodeo drive)
Which of these would you recommend from the airport? I was thinking of parking at the Grove and visiting the farmers market, any issues with that?
Also both Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica seem like more enjoyable in the evening but I will likely not have many evenings free, so which of these is okay to do in the morning.
Edit: Wanted to mention we will be traveling with a toddler, so wont prefer public transportationEdited: 19 April 2014, 00:40