We are travelling from Santa Barbara to LA for 4 days/4 nights in August however, we are unsure whether to have our base as Santa Monica or Downtown LA. We intend to see a lot of sights in LA but have heard Santa Monica is nicer. We are leaning more towards Santa Monica and our itinerary is as follows:
Day 1: Travel from Santa Barbara through Malibu and arrive in Santa Monica. See the Santa Monica Pier/Third Street Promenade and Venice Beach
Day 2: Drive and spend morning seeing Hollywood sights (Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre, Rodeo Drive). Spend afternoon at Getty centre and do the Mulholland Drive. Return to Santa Monica in evening.
Day 3: Drive and spend the day at Universal Studios/CityWalk. Return to Santa Monica in evening.
Day 4: Drive and see the remaining sights in LA: Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall/Olvera Street, the Original Farmers Market/The Grove and LA Museum of County Art. Return to Santa Monica in evening.
Day 5: Drive to Disneyland, Anaheim early in the morning.
Do you think Santa Monica is a good base considering we will be travelling out of it to LA for 3 out of 4 days? I have heard it is nicer and there are more things to do in the evenings in Santa Monica than LA. Any help would be really appreciated!