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  • Alistair answered:
    I can't speak to the Rose Bowl Parade side of things (though from what I understand, people recommend checking out the floats the night before), but my wife and I drove California Highway One the other way round from San Francisco a few years back. A few highlights: - Santa Barbara: beautiful location, great beaches, albeit a bit pricey. - San Luis Obispo: not a whole lot going on, but might be a fun place to party with all the students from the university here; there's hiking and swimming at Santa Margarita Lake County Park, plus some area vineyards round that might be worth checking out. - Hearst Castle (not sure it's worth entrance fee, but pretty cool to see from the visitor center); don't miss the elephant-seal colony at nearby Piedras Blancas. - Big Sur scenery -- stop for an awesome lunch with a view at Nepenthe, go hiking in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. - Carmel and the pretty beach here, though the town itself feels quite stuffy; stay in nearby Monterey or even up the road in Santa Cruz. Enjoy, and take your time! Lots to see and do, so don't rush through it.
  • 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).
  • Anonymous user answered:
    We went to the source and asked L.A. writer Lena Katz for her recommendations. Here's what she had to say: "Two choices really: West Hollywood/Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. If it's West Hollywood, stay at the Sofitel, SLS, the Andaz, Sunset Tower, Standard, Chamberlain, or the classic Sunset Marquis. Clubs/bars in the neighborhood range from Crown Bar to Guys & Dolls to Skybar at the Mondrian to Villa to Isla to the Viper Room. You could also stay at the Roosevelt or the W in Hollywood, in which case all the Hollywood bars and clubs will be within a couple blocks. Big names include Area, Vice, Avalon, Hwood, MyHouse. Santa Monica's a bit better for older travelers (30-45) but the hotels are awesome (Shutters, Viceroy, Fairmont)." Pick up a copy of Lena's Travel Temptations guides for the full inside scene! http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Temptations-SIP-California-Destinations/dp/0762750766 http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Temptations-SUN-California-Destinations/dp/0762750774

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