My husband and I are hoping to do a trip from Phoenix to Santa Barbara and down to San Diego over a 6 day period in September. We are limited in our time and need to be in Huntington Beach on the Sat night to meet friends. Here is our suggested itinerary, I'd appreciate any ideas or opinions please.
Tues afternoon: Phoenix to Palm Springs, overnight in Palm Springs.
Wed morning: Palm Springs to Ventura. We are thinking of staying in Ventura for two nighs and using it as a base to explore Santa Barbara and Malibu/Santa Monica.Hotels seem to be much more reasonably priced there.
Fri morning: Drive to Santa Monica and meet the 1 day in LA tour to see the highlights of LA. My husband has been to LA before and I just want to see the usual few touristy bits and get some photos. Is it expensive to park in Santa Monica for the day?
Fri evening: drive to Manhattan Beach and overnight there.
Sat morning: Manhattan Beach to Huntington Beach, overnight in Huntington Beach.
Sunday: Huntington Beach to San Diego along the coast.
Sunday/Monday night: San Diego. We have visited San Diego before and have been to the Zoo, Coronado and Sea World. This time we are thinking of Whale Watching there and exploring La Jolla and Misson Beach.
Is this a realistic itinerary? Any suggestions for things to do in Manhattan Beach/Huntington Beach?
All help appreciated! Thank you!