We will be in LA area from 21 to 26 June. Thought about splitting time between LA (Hollywood/Beverly Hills area) & The Beaches? Definitely wanting to see Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Venice, Newport etc before driving to San Francisco ( taking further 2 nights ). During this time we would go to Universal Studios, do a Studio Tour & would like to do a full day sightseeing tour encompassing homes, beaches, rodeo dr, etc Would also like to take in a live taping of a show ( maybe Ellen ) ! Travelling party of 3 - myself hubby & 19 year old daughter! Any ideas on best places to stay to minimise driving & reputable Sight Seeing Companys. Budget is $200 / night inc taxes & we will have a rental car !