I land at LAX (from Heathrow) at about 19:00 on Thursday 12th December and so hope to be out of the airport at say 20:00. (Reasonable?)
I've rented a car from Avis at LAX, starting on the morning of Saturday 14th December and finishing in Carlsbad airport on the afternoon of Sat 21st December.
Apart from the flight and the car hire I've so far made no other firm plans. For LA, my initial idea was to book into a hotel for those two nights, 12th & 13th and return to LAX using its shuttle service to collect my car on the 14th. My current preference is some sort of guided tour on the 13th. Either starting from my hotel or from some easily accessible location nearby (and returning me).
I'd greatly appreciate recommendations for hotels and tours please. The mid-range hotel should have a regular shuttle service and free room wifi (I'll pay extra if I have to) and either a decent restaurant for my first night's dinner or others nearby.
By way of background, I plan to spend the 8 days 14-21st December touring (solo) in a broadly N and NE direction, perhaps Yosemite and/or Grand Canyon South Ridge and/or a few scenic/attractive locations (excluding Las Vegas), before getting way back south again for Christmas with grandsons etc in Carlsbad.
Terry, East Grinstead, UK