I am planning a family vacation for this July (3 kids aged 7, 10, 12). We are spending time in San Francisco and then driving down the coast with overnight stops in Monterey and Pismo Beach. Then we have 3 nights left.
We are interested in seeing some of the sights around LA but want to have some relaxation time too. The idea of staying in a city for our last bit of vacation wears me out. Is there somewhere to stay outside of LA that would still be reasonable for driving in for a studio tour or some other sightseeing? Someplace pretty and relaxing? Or am I asking for too much?
My other idea is to take a longer time driving down the coast and only stay one day in LA to see a tiny bit before flying out of LAX.
Thanks for any ideas!