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where to stay

I am going to a LA baseball game in september. We are there for 5 nights 4 days. during this time wanting to go to disneyland, Tijuana, and the Baseball game. we arrive on the friday and leave wednesday with the game on the saturday night. Also wanting to get same shopping done. Where do you think we should stay?...

Edited: 6:02 pm, February 16, 2013
Santa Monica...
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for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mammoth Lakes
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1. Re: where to stay

Will you have a car? What is your budget per night?

Skip Tijuana. Do a search here for lengthy threads on why- not just because its dangerous but because it is not a day trip unless you enjoy 10 hours in a car, much if it stuck at the border.

Surfers Paradise...
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2. Re: where to stay

no want have a car... but real want to go to Tijuana . will be busing n taxing everywhere.

Santa Monica...
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3. Re: where to stay

What is your budget per night for a hotel?

You do realize that the places you list are hours apart, by car. Double the time by bus. Extremely expensive by taxi, and not possible in some cases (like Tijuana). Have you looked at a map?

Disneyland is an hour from LA but hotels are cheaper there. There's a baseball team in Anaheim, too. Or are you going to a Dodger game?

SoCal
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4. Re: where to stay

You can take a tour to Tiajuana www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-15.asp

There will probably be a free shuttle from Union Station to Dodger Stadium for the game, they have in years past.

For Disneyland you can take the train (Metrolink or Amtrak) to Anaheim and a cab to Disneyland. You can also book a tour (Starline has one) but that will limit your time in the park. You could also arrange for a private shuttle or car service.

There is shopping all over, depends what you want. If it is outlets, you can go to The Citadel. They have a shuttle from Union Station and other locations down town. …mallfinder.com/images/store/pdf/2012/Commer…

Your best options are the Hollywood and Highland area or downtown LA. Starline tours leave from the H and H area so that is a benefit of staying there and it is an easy Metro ride to get to Union Station.

The other option is Anaheim near Disneyland. This would let you get the most out of your day at DL so you can be at the park at opening and leave at closing and just walk to and from the park. Starline does a Tiajuana tour from Anaheim. The Citadel also has a shuttle from the Anaheim area or you could go to a mall in that area via the bus. The Angels play in Anaheim if they are in town during your visit. To go to a Dodger game you can take Amtrak to and from Union station. The free shuttle will be OK to go but the last train to Anaheim is 10:10 so you would need to get a cab to Union Station and make sure you leave the game in time.

Anaheim, California
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5. Re: where to stay

Which "LA" team??? The Los Angeles Dodgers, which is near the Downtown LA/Hollywood area, or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which is near Disneyland.

If you are planning to see an Angels game, then stay in the Anaheim/Garden Grove area, plenty of access to Shopping and many other places, head to the Anaheim Forum and check out the Top Questions that talk about Public Transit.

If you really want to go to Tijuana by yourself, take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train south to the last stop, the Santa Fe Station in Downtown San Diego, and transfer to the San Diego Trolley Light Rail System to San Ysidro and cross the border. Just plan ahead, to cross back into the US, you can find waits up to 2 hours to go through Customs and Immigration.

If you are head to a day game at Dodgers Stadium, I would still stay in Anaheim, and take the Amtrak or Metrolink train to Union Station (North) and catch the Dodgers Express.

Alas, the last Amtrak train southbound leaves Union Station around 10 PM, so not practical for a night game, so I would look at the Hollywood and Highland area for a Hotel room for that night at least.

Surfers Paradise...
posts: 32
reviews: 3
6. Re: where to stay

we are going to the

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles, CA

Sat, 09/14/13

06:10 PM

and not sure where the stadium is.

then wanting to look at outlet shopping or place with converse, dickies etc.

Los Angeles
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7. Re: where to stay

If you're really serious about wanting to go to Tijuana, stay in Anaheim. Take taxi or OCTA bus 43 from there to the Anaheim or Fullerton train station. You can take Amtrak or Metrolink north to Union Station in downtown LA. www.amtrak.com or www.metrolinktrains.com At Union Station there's a free shuttle bus to Dodger Stadium. For Tijuana, I echo the above suggestions to research it - its generally not a good idea to go there - but in any case you can take the train from Anaheim or Fullerton down to the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego as described above, then transport from there to the border.

Anaheim, California
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8. Re: where to stay

OK, with a 6 PM start, and most games running about 2 and 1/2 hours to 3 hours, you could base yourself in Anaheim and use Amtrak and the Dodgers Express Bus to catch the last train at 10:10 PM. The only issue would be extra innings. If the game goes after 9 PM, then you will have to decide, I would just say I had a good 3 hours of entertainment, and catch a Dodgers Express Bus to Union Station to catch the train. If you miss the last train, you are looking at over $100 in taxi fare plus tip.

I would head to the Anaheim Forum here at TA for help with a Hotel, and also places to see and shop using public transit, just check out the Top Questions at the Forum.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g29092-i65-Anaheim…

A Hotel I like in Anaheim, and is walking distance to the Amtrak Station is the Ayres Anaheim, it is reasonably priced, nice large rooms with a small fridge and microwave, and a great free breakfast with cooked to order items most of the week. Rated the #1 Hotel here at TA in the city of Anaheim. (Note, the ratings are a reflection of customer satisfaction, and not how nice or how many amenities it has, that has a seperate star rating.

Edited: 11:35 pm, February 16, 2013
Surfers Paradise...
posts: 32
reviews: 3
9. Re: where to stay

thank you everyone for all your help. so is the baseball game in Anaheim? and what is there to do around there?

Anaheim, California
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10. Re: where to stay

The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Dodgers Stadium near Downtown LA and Union Station.

But with the early start time, you can just take a day trip using the Amtrak Train from Anaheim to Union Station, and then a short bus trip using the Dodgers Express to the stadium.

Anaheim is the "central" location if you want to see the Dodgers, visit Disneyland and head to the San Diego/Tijuana area.

You can also split up your stay, but then you have transit time and what to do with your luggage if only using public transit.