Despite days and days of reading and lurking I still have lots of questions, but here's just one ...
We're staying in a hotel in Santa Monica, arriving on an August Tuesday night. We have a Warner Brothers Studio tour scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. Roughly when do we want to leave our Santa Monica hotel to arrive in time to start that 10 a.m. tour.
The tour is the only thing we'll be doing in Burbank, by the way. Otherwise, our 2 full days in the area will include the usual touristy crap that people do with 11 and 14 year old kids: Hollywood Walk of Fame, La Brea tar pits, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
I realize Santa Monica is off to one side but I liked the idea of that town and the beach for the little bit of downtime we'll have. Am I making a mistake using that as our base? Arriving Tuesday night after driving in from Pismo Beach. Leaving maybe 9:00 p.m.-ish Thursday night (to avoid traffic) to drive down to San Diego for the last few days of our California vacation.