I will be arriving in LA in August with my son and husband. We are going to rent a car and drive the coast and then fly out of San Francisco.
My hope is to spend a day in LA to see the city and Venice Beach before heading to San Diego to begin the drive up to San Francisco.
My questions are:
1. Any recommendations as to a base area for stay in LA which would be easily accessible for studio tour (Paramount or drive to Warner), Venice Beach, and then head out to San Diego?
2. Would you rec doing the studio tour and then heading to San Diego and visiting Venice Beach on the way back up the coast?
3. If you were looking for good beginner surfing spot would you head further south or just stay in LA?
4. Any advice on rental car deals - I know it is expensive to pick up and drop off cars at different destinations.