Best Place to Stay in LA
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2013 8:48 PM Last Post By: flashnomad
Mar 23, 2013 7:50 AM
Best Place to Stay in LAHi,
We're doing a three week trip in August, driving from San Fran - Yosemite - Santa Cruz - Monterey - San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara - LA - San Diego - Vegas.
We're thinking two nights in LA, but we don't know which bit is the best area to stay in. Has anyone got any tips? We've heard it has quite a few dodgy areas, much like any city really.
We're happy to stay on the outskirts and drive in to sight see every day, but also we'd like to be near the beach. Should we just stay somewhere in between Santa Barbara and LA along the coast and travel in every day? Is the parking a nightmare? It's a Thurs to Saturday we'll be there.
Any advice would be great.
My boyfriend and I are 30 and 33 and we like food and photography.
Mar 23, 2013 8:09 AM
1"LA" is a massive sprawling megaopolis. There is no compact core of sights like in the cities in Europe, and "sightseeing" can easily take you 40 miles or so (that being the rough distance between Santa Monica and Disneyland). In other words, you might find yourself driving to the "outskirts" to sightsee.
Where you should stay depends on what you want to see.
Since you want to be near the beach, consider Santa Monica, Culver City, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. You may need to pay for parking in some locations. Heading north of Santa Monica generally raises hotel prices.
LA was built for the car. Parking is generally plentiful.
Mar 23, 2013 8:24 AM
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Mar 23, 2013 10:48 AM
Mar 23, 2013 11:27 AM
Mar 23, 2013 1:25 PM
6I'm doing one night in Santa Cruz, then one in Monterey, one in San Luis Obispo, then I'm not sure whether to go straight to LA from SLO, or whether to spend the night in Santa Barbara en route? Do you think we could have a good look at Santa Barbara over a few hours, so we dont need to stay over? I have been sucked in by the lovely apartments on that website and now I'm thinking about cutting out the overnight stay in Santa Barbara and going straight to LA, just stopping on the way for lunch or something...?
Mar 23, 2013 2:01 PM
Mar 23, 2013 2:08 PM
8You could have a very quick look at Santa Barbara in a few hours, I don't know how good it will be. To really do Santa Barbara justice you should stay a week and Airbnb a couple of nice places with long time residents who can point you to the special places. But that is really true of many places, you are on a quickie look see trip and that is what you get, a quick look.
I've lived in Calif. 67 years and been up and down that coast dozens of times, camped at Big Sur for probably a month total and stayed in most of the towns at least a couple of times and I only barely know it.
Mar 23, 2013 2:53 PM
I think I'm going to do San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara sightseeing in one day, and then move onto LA. It looks like I might end up in LA for four nights, but I think that might be too long? I wouldn't get to LA on the first day until about 7pm after being in SLO/SB so that doesn't really count I suppose. I might do La Jolla for one night, then San Diego for one night afterwards on the way to LV. I'd rather cut out one night in LA, but my boyfriend really wants to go to Six Flags. However, as we've got four nights in LV at the end, so we may as well go to the Wet and Wild there (opens in May). Is the Six Flags horrendously busy during the summer? I'm thinking that Wet and Wild might be a bit quieter as surely there are less kids in Vegas as it's a gambling city, and it will be scorching there?
Mar 23, 2013 2:57 PM
Mar 23, 2013 3:09 PM
11LV is already booked unfortunately as we're doing lots of excursions. I think we're going to do one less night in LA so that we can have more time around the SD area, that makes the most sense. We can go to Wet and Wild in LV instead of Six Flags in LA. Any recommendations for places to stay around SD, or shall we just stay in SD and travel in and out each day? I have found a nice apartment but it's two nights minimum...
Mar 23, 2013 8:24 PM
12Definitely recommend staying in La Jolla - it's just beautiful there - you should go snorkeling in La Jolla Cove. If you rent snorkel gear in town, they'll say there's good snorkeling at La Jolla Shores - it's ok. But the best snorkeling is at the cove - some of the best I've ever seen.
You can also look at VRBO for places to rent in Santa Monica. There are also some reasonably priced motels - http://www.seashoremotel.com/
Mar 24, 2013 8:43 AM
13Six Flags has the most coasters of any amusement park in the US, but hey it's your trip.
I would not stay in Venice, it has some nice parts, but for the most part it has gotten kind of gritty, full of bong shops and medical marijuana drs. near the beach. Go to Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach instead. Much nicer places to stay.
Mar 24, 2013 11:38 AM
14Thanks guys, this is all very useful stuff.
I've booked two nights in Venice in a really swanky little apartment, one night in the Hills, so hopefully we get the best of both worlds. I found some amazing places on the airbnb website that Johnsang mentioned earlier.
Is Palm Springs worth an overnight stay, or should we just stop off on the drive from SD to Vegas for a look around for a few hours? I quite fancy the aerial tramway and maybe the painted cave ladder hike, although our luggage will be in our car if we don't stay the night in a hotel, and I've heard break ins in the car park are a problem at the hike site as no one is around.
I'm still struggling with one more night's stay, not sure whether to have it in La Jolla, then two nights in San Diego, OR two nights in San Diego and one in Palm Springs, OR three nights in San Diego (travelling out to La Jolla for the afternoon on one of the days and stopping off in Palm Spings for a look around en route to Vegas).
What would you guys recommend?
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