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Bit of help needed please? Spending 3.5 weeks travelling round CA this July/August. 2 ad, 2 teens (16 & 17). Spent a long time working out our route and stops. We have booked 5 nights in Santa Monica (after 3 nights in San Diego and before 3 nights in Santa Barbara). We do have a hire car and were planning to travel into LA/Hollywood etc to do all the usual tourist sightseeing activities either by using the hire car or public transport if it's a better option. However, we had dinner with friends at the weekend who spend a lot of time in CA and they think we will be wasting a lot of time in traffic travelling back and forth so recommended we consider squeezing in a couple of nights in West Hollywood. We can do this as we have a "spare" night at the end of our vacation that we built in to cater for this type of thing and we could cut down Santa Monica to 4 nights. For those with local knowledge, would we be better sticking with our original 5 nights Santa Monica or shall we change to 4 nights SM and add 2 nights in West Hollywood?

Thank you in advance

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1. Re: Location advice

Just use Santa Monica as a base, no need to change hotels.. A lot of the sightseeing Hollywood and Grove area can be done in one day.

You'll be going against traffic, just set out after 9AM and head back before 5 or so.

What do you mean by usual tourist sights? What did you actually want to see? Which hotel did you book?

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2. Re: Location advice

Thank you for replying! We booked the Fairmont Miramar after changing from Loews. Fairmont had a free night offer with Amex and they had a room where all four of us can go together.

Thank you for the advice, we wanted to see the Hollywood hills, all of fame, rodeo drive etc. I was hoping that we could stay put and travel in as we have a lot of stays all ready!

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Location advice

Nice deal at the Fairmont! And I agree, there is no reason to stay more inland, we have the Metro light rail line to downtown LA now, and a Metro bus to and from Hollywood, too, so you won't even need to drive.

Your teens should love spending time in Santa Monica, we are very family friendly.

Here are things to do in LA:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g326…

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4. Re: Location advice

Thank you Plumeria D! I appreciate your help. We will stick with our original plan. We now have the route planned and accomodation chosen so we can move onto the exciting part of planning what to do, where to eat etc!

We are really looking forward to seeing your beautiful city!

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5. Re: Location advice

Across from your hotel is Hillstone, which I always love for dinner. Michael's is across the street. Walking to dinner is what's great about staying in Santa Monica, just avoid restaurants on the Promenade itself and explore the restaurants that surround it - there are so many great ones.

You can walk to every restaurant on this list, a fantastic list to follow: https:/…best-santa-monica-restaurants-la-map

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6. Re: Location advice

Thank you Ellebe, that's a great help. We love the look of the menu at Hillstone. The LA eater list is great - very grateful for your help, it will certainly make our stay more enjoyable!

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7. Re: Location advice

It's a great list -- not on the list: definitely walk up to Montana Avenue for breakfast (likely celeb spotting) - latte at Luxe Caffe, breakfast at Art's or Courtyard Kitchen or Margo's. Have dinner with locals at R+D (same owners as Hillstone), or at Forma (for phenomenal pasta)/

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8. Re: Location advice

Thanks again ElleBe. We are considering adding an extra night in SM as there is so much to do and so many places to eat! Michaels is also on our list now

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9. Re: Location advice

Michael's used to be one of the best restaurants in LA, and started a huge foodie movement. With their new chef, it's not only back on the map, but leading the way yet again.

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10. Re: Location advice

Hi ElleBe_LA, I've read your advice about "using Santa Monica as a base", that could fit in our needs. We could visit LA and many nearby attractions, in a 4-night stay.

What do you think/recommend?

Thanks, Robert

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