We (one adult, two kids - 11 and 9) will spend a total of three weeks in LA this August. We will definitely rent a car for the last two weeks but I am not sure whether we need to rent one for the first week. Our plans for the most part center around the area we will be staying in (West Hollywood) but there are several times where we will need some sort of transportation. I would very much appreciate it if some of you transport experts could take a look at our plans and give me a bit more info on probable cost for public transportation/difficulty of getting to our destination.
We are planning the following trips:
Arrival: LAX to apartment - cab around $50?
Travel to Santa Barbara (we will stay there for a week and won't need a car during that time):
Cab to Union Station (is there any other reasonable way with luggage?) - around $40?
Amtrak to Santa Barbara - around $60 (pretty sure about this according to Amtrak website)
Transfer to Santa Barbara destination (will need this anyway as we would have to drop our rental car off there)
Total would be around $160 which is quite a bit cheaper than a car rental for the week. However, we would really like to go to the Orange County Fair either on 8/7 or 8/8 and getting there on public transportation seems quite expensive/time consuming. Any good tips for getting there?