Used to live in the Valley but it has been a long time! I'm not really sure where we should stay. Closer to Anaheim or closer to Woodland Hills? Or somewhere in between like Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach?
We'll be in for a lot of driving no matter what but here's the plan for a quick weekend trip. Travel will usually be before or after rush hour
Day 1 -- flying into LAX late afternoon, renting a car
Day 2 -- going to Disneyland very early
Day 3 -- going to Woodland Hills, then going to Santa Monica area
Day 4 -- leaving from LAX
Traveling are 2 adults and 2 children (5 year old and 1 year old). We won't have much time to explore so that isn't a factor. I've looked at Disney's Paradise Pier, Residence Inn Garden Grove, Marriott Warner Center Woodland Hills, Residence Inn Manhattan Beach, and the list goes on!