I'll be traveling to Orange County in August for a wedding with my mother. That would be our first time on LA. Before the event we will have one full day and two nights in LA. Our flight arrives around 10 pm, so I was thinking about staying at the Marriott or comparable nice hotel at the airport. It looks like I can get a decent price on Priceline ot Hotwire. I can take the shuttle back to the airport the next morning to pick up a car from hertz. Then I'm thinking about going to Malibu for breakfast (suggestions?) and then seeing the Getty villa from 10 till noon. Then driving to the Hollywood blvd and parking there. Having lunch (suggestions?) and walking around. By 3 pm we'd like to go back to the hotel at lax for a nap. After 5 I was thinking about visiting the Griffith observatory and maybe having dinner there. Then back to lax to spend the night before heading down south the next motning. Here are my questions:
1. Is it safe, especially after dark to drive to and from LAX?
2. Does my itinerary make sense? Is it missing something that is an absolute must-see?
3. Any suggestions for changes?
4. What do you think about the hop on and off tours? Would you suggest any? How long do they take? I have never done one.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.