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Traveling to California with kids

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Traveling to California with kids

We are planning a road trip and have the majority of it planned. We have 2 nights and are trying to decide between Hollywood and Santa Monica. The kids are 15 and 7. We will have a car, but would rather not use it because parking is so expensive. We are looking to stay under 200/250 per night.

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1. Re: Traveling to California with kids

You won't find anything in Santa Monica for that low rate. Parking averages $35/night - and you'll need your car if you stay in Santa Monica, and when you include the 15% tax, you're really looking at $150/night, which doesn't exist. It will be difficult to find in Hollywood, as well.

When is this trip? How many rooms? As mentioned, you will need your car in LA.

Anaheim, California
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2. Re: Traveling to California with kids

I prefer the Hollywood area to see the sights and for Hotel pricing.

The Hollywood and Highland area is good, check out the Orchid Suites and the Magic Castle Hotel. Both highly rated here at TA and more of an apartment style Hotel, so great for families that want a bit more room and a chance to cook a meal.



And here is a link to a discount bundle of popular Hollywood Tourist attractions.


Also, there is a LA Metro Red Line Subway station at the corner, so you can leave the Car at the Hotel and see sights. For example, if you plan to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, it is just one stop on the Red Line to Universal City.

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3. Re: Traveling to California with kids

I think the previous poster is jumping the gun and pushing citypass to every Tom Dick and Harry. I don't think the OP asked that.

I think the first question I would ask is What do you want to do? If you want to go to the Beach or the pier or shop around then Santa Monica would be a good spot but there are other beach cities there as well As Yogachik said, you will need a car in SM

If you want to do the usual touristy things in Hollywood, well there is your answer

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4. Re: Traveling to California with kids

Welcome. Jose. Please give us more details. What specific sites will you be visiting? Are you saying that you plan to pay for a car rental for 2 days plus the cost of parking at your hotel but not use the car? If so, why not turn in your car and save all that money? The cost of parking at most SMALL attractions is pretty low -- sometimes free, other times a few dollars. Compared to the cost of parking at most hotels or paying for a car rental, parking at attractions is a pittance. (If you plan to visit a theme park, though, like Universal Studios, parking is $15 or $20).

So please tell us your plans so we can help you.

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5. Re: Traveling to California with kids

Well, first, the main parking cost will likely be parking the car overnight at your hotel, since most hotels charge $15-35 per night for this. Some less expensive hotels may have parking for free or cheaper than this, but for the most part, plan to pay for parking at your hotel if you are keeping your car. If you want to get rid of your car, stay in Hollywood and use tour buses or public transit - hotels in your budget in Hollywood would include Magic Castle Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Hollywood, Holiday Inn Express Walk of Fame, and possibly Loew's Hollywood or the Hollywood Roosevelt.

If your concern about using your car is the cost of parking at various places you might go, chances are that needn't be such a big concern - parking in most parts of LA during the day is plentiful and cheap and often even free. The issue with parking is parking overnight, as that's greatly restricted and why hotels can get away with charging what they charge for parking.

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