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11 day in santa monica help with itinerary please

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11 day in santa monica help with itinerary please

We are visiting Santa Monica for 11 days in May/ June and can’t decide an itinerary-

Our flight gets us to LAX at 9pm and our first plan was to travel to Anaheim and spend 2 nights so we could visit downtown Disney at night and arrive at Disney park early the next day or travel to central LA and stay 3 nights see the sights and do tour to Disney or Universal.

We want to spend the majority of the holiday by the beaches of Santa Monica and the surrounding area.

So I guess I would like to know, is it best to see the LA sights by but tours leaving from Santa Monica or stay central LA for a few nights and leave from Santa Monica with a tour to either Disney or Universal.

Thanks

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1. Re: 11 day in santa monica help with itinerary please

IMHO, 11 days in Santa Monica, which is at the far west end of the large Los Angeles County, not to say the "Greater Los Angeles Area/Southland" which includs places like Disneyland is going to isolate you, especially since the Santa Monica area is known for worst traffic that most area of the Southland.

Especially since it sounds like you won't have a rental car and will be relying on public transit.

The two best areas of the "Southland" for Public Transit are the Hollywood/Downtown LA area and the Anaheim/Garden Grove area. Alas, they are both inland. There is really no good choice for a beach in the Southland that has good public transit, since they are on the edge of the area.

So I would work on a schedule, figure out what you want to do in the Central LA area, such as Hollywood/Downtown LA and Universal Studios.

How many Days at the Disneyland Resort and nearby attractions like Knott's Berry Farm.

Do you want to attend any sports events? Central LA and Anaheim both have multiple major sports events, but it really depends on the sport and the home schedule.

Then use the leftover days in the Santa Monica area.

Here are the main tourist websites for the area.

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/

www.visittheoc.com

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2. Re: 11 day in santa monica help with itinerary please

Thank you for your reply

I was thinking of spending only one day at either Disney or Universal, and plan to get there by using a tour company that picks you up from your hotel in either Santa Monica or LA.

We plan on only visiting the main attraction of LA in maybe a day or two. Where is the best place to stay in LA where most attraction will be reachable on foot?

Any other suggestion appreciated

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3. Re: 11 day in santa monica help with itinerary please

The Hollywood and Highland corner is very popular, lots of Hotels that cater to tourist and plenty of things that are within walking distance.

Also the main Depot for Starline Tours is at the corner of Hollywood and Highland.

Plus a station for the LA Metro Red Line Subway(Rail) system.

The city of Long Beach offers a free Bus system that goes to their multiple toursit attractions on a frequent basis, plus a lot of their attractions are within walking distance.

www.lbtransit.com/services/passport.aspx

www.visitlongbeach.com

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