Expert Travel Advice to Los Angeles

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  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    In short, lots. Depending on your particular teenager's interests, here are a few ideas to get the gray matter going: seeing the sights in Hollywood; cruising around Beverly Hills; shopping (OK, maybe window shopping) on Rodeo Drive; theme-park fun at places like Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain; hitting the sand at Venice Beach or Santa Monica; movie-themed action at places including Universal Studios or studio tours of the NBC or Sony Pictures lots; sporting events including LA Lakers (basketball), LA Dodgers (baseball), or LA Galaxy (soccer) games; and, finally, lots of outdoor action, including a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park (great rock-climbing) or a hike in the sprawling, and surprisingly accessible, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    There's plenty to do with your grandkids in L.A., the second largest city in the country right after New York City. And although it's technically separate to L.A., neighboring Orange County and Anaheim draw the crowds for major attractions like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and California Adventure. If your grandkids are after roller coasters and high-octane fun, this is the place to go. (Check out Away.com's Anaheim/OC family-travel guide for more info on these world-famous tourist hot spots.) Obviously, L.A.'s year-round Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for any number of outdoor activities, and I am assuming you will have a car to get you to and from the attractions in this sprawling metropolis. SoCal is a beach-lover's paradise, and there are many within easy range that cater to families with rides and concessions right on the sand. Drive to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, a must-see Southern California attraction featuring an amusement park, vintage carousel, and free concerts. Later, take a stroll down the boardwalk at Venice Beach to check out the street performers, local artists, market stalls, and interesting assortment of characters wandering the strand. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are two other popular stops for those visiting L.A. with kids. The large grounds are home to over a thousand species and a successful breeding program that has helped save animals like the California condor from extinction. The Museum of the American West is another great example of a place that kids and adults can enjoy together. This museum has stagecoaches, original badges, and clothing in exhibition, along with several hands-on areas where kids can become cowboys and ride a virtual horse. Other children's museums in the area include the Kidspace Children's Museum, which features a giant kaleidoscope and real bat cave.
  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    The closest airport to Universal Studios is Burbank Airport (BUR) also known as Bob Hope Airport. The closest airport to Knott's Berry Farm is John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA which is in Orange County. I would fly into Burbank, stay in a Hollywood Hotel near Universal Studios for the duration of my visit to Los Angeles and take one day to visit Knott's Berry Farm which would only be a 45 drive from your Hollywood Hotel then drive back in the evening.
  • Alistair answered:
    Assuming you're heading out from Las Vegas, I'd probably you drive over to Los Angeles and then make your way north along California Highway One. Not sure how long you have, but Santa Barbara is a really lovely place at which to stop. Maybe also spend a night or two up in the Big Sur area, before scheduling a stop in either Monterey or Carmel (Big Sur Nepenthe restaurant is a prime spot for a lunch stop with a view!). Carmel is very quaint and has some nice inns and guesthouses. You could also go a bit more upscale at somewhere like the Inn at Pebble Beach or Bernardus Lodge (http://away.com/resorts/bernardus-lodge-bl-hotelid53531.html) in this area. After Monterey, it's a fairly straight shot up to San Francisco, where you could obviously spend some more time sightseeing before flying out. Best advice, though, is not to overdo the driving and enjoy the scenery along this wonderful stretch of coastline (it can also get a little slow during peak travel seasonss).

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