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Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

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Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

My husband and I are in our sixties and in great shape . We will be staying with extended family at the Hilton Huntington Beach for three nights . We will arrive from Vegas on Friday evening after spending 4 days there in mid October. We will be on our own for the weekend and would like to see some of the LA area highlights perhaps doing a tour on Saturday. We would like to do a studio tour, perhaps Warner Brothers, and maybe Santa Monica pier. We do have Sunday as well. This is our first trip to California . Monday we are heading down to San Diego. Any suggestions for an itinerary in the LA area while staying in Huntington Beach? I realize it is an hour south of LA We are flying out of LAX on the following Friday. We will have a car.

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1. Re: Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

Just for the sake of geography and minimizing driving, I would do Warner Bros. and a tour one day (the tours mainly depart from Hollywood at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., which is not too far from Warner Bros. - www.starlinetours.com is one of the main ones)

Do Santa Monica on its own day as its geographically a fair bit away from the others - though you could also chose a tour that includes Santa Monica.

Maybe look into the hop-on/hop-off tour at www.starlinetours.com - Do a Warner Bros. tour first thing in the morning, and then do the Red and/or Purple loops of that tour the remainder of the day. Then on day 2, drive to Santa Monica, park near the pier and explore that area and/or Venice (you can walk or rent bikes and pedal along the beach to Venice from Santa Monica. The perhaps do the yellow loop of the Hop-On/hop-Off tour if that interests you.

As for other itinerary suggestions, depends a little bit if there are any other specific things that you want to see, or what types of things interest you? Movies / entertainment industry? Museums? Beaches? Shopping? etc.

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2. Re: Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

Welcome to TripAdvisor and the Los Angeles forum, Speddtchr. I moved here from CT 25 years ago.

If you leave HB around 9:00 am, just drive up the 405. I would head to Hollywood first, doing the Warner tour around 11:00 am. Afterward, drive to Santa Monica via one of the surface streets that go through Beverly Hills, like Santa Monica Blvd. A drive through Rodeo Drive is usually enough for most folks. While there, look for the Sprinkles Cupcake vending machine! It's on the way to Santa Monica. You can park at a beach lot for a flat fee and enjoy the pier, the 3rd St. Promenade, maybe rent bikes at the beach and ride to nearby Venice Beach for a look-see or ride north where it is nice and serene. You'll want to wait until 7:00 pm to do the drive back to HB (to avoid rush hour). Or, alternatively, plan the day on a weekend when you don't need to worry so much about traffic.

A good place to check on traffic is sigalert.com

Have a good time!

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3. Re: Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

We are thinking of changing our itinerary a bit. Does this make sense?

...Sat drive to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and at the end of the day drive to Santa Barbara for 2 nights and then drive to San Diego

Or

Instead of driving to Santa Barbara on Saturday after sightseeing LA area , drive back to Huntington Beach and leave from there on Sunday for Santa Barbara for 2 nights and then driving to San Diego?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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4. Re: Itinerary for touring Los Angeles areafrom Huntington Beach

Option 1 makes more sense and will have you in Santa Barbara for the Sunday artists show along the waterfront.

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