California is one of the top travel destinations in north America. Of course, part of the reason for the popularity is the original Disneyland – but it’s certainly not the only reason to visit this fantastic destination! Here is our recommended southern California travel i for those who want to see and experience the main sights, as well as spending some time at Disneyland!
Public transportation in LA is not ideal for tourists, aside from a few shuttles here and there between hotels and tourist sights. So renting a car is usually the easiest option. Plan lots of time into your travel times around LA. Traffic can be quite a nightmare, with horrible traffic jams. Do yourself a favor and give yourself plenty of time to get around, and find parking!
Accommodations For Your Trip To Southern California
Los Angeles: The key consideration for anyone traveling to LA is to be sure that your accommodation is convenient to where you are spending most of your time, including having easy access to interstates. Another thing to keep in mind is the neighborhood, although many hotels located in popular tourist areas (like near Disney) are overall safe.
During your time at Disney, I highly recommend staying at a hotel right near the park – this will make it so much easier for you and you won’t need to fight traffic in and out of the parking lot. The Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites are literally right across the street from Disneyland and are super convenient, as well as having great reviews.
But there are many other hotels close by that are great as well. Away from the Disney park, Embassy Suites Los Angeles – International Airport South and its a quality hotel and includes a great breakfast! This hotel is also more convenient to the beach areas, while still not being too far from Hollywood and other tourist attractions. There are popular hotels that are centrally located to major attractions and are quite highly rated from other travelers with good reviews.
Best Western PLUS Hollywood Hills
Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles LAX /
Miyako Hotel Los Angeles
Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim at the Park ( Disney)
Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort (near Disney)
San Diego area: If you are looking for unique experience or a romantic trip in San Diego, then the Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast is a popular choice and highly rated. However, if you are traveling with kids and want to take advantage of San Diego’s great beaches, then the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/Sea World Area is a 2-star hotel that is highly rated and a well-reviewed option. Other accommodation recommendations in San Diego include the following:
Crown City Inn Coronado
La Jolla Riviera Inn
Activities & Tickets During Your Trip To Southern California
Attraction pass: from Madam Tussad, Santa Monica Pier, Universal, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Celebrity Homes tour, and more!
Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket
Long Beach: Aquarium of the Pacific Tickets
Universal Studios Hollywood 1-Day Ticket with Options
Los Angeles Hollywood Studio Tour:
Warner Bros.Los Angeles: 2-Hour Beverly
Hills Segway Tour
Hollywood: 75-Minute “Behind the Scenes” Walking Tour
Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt in Los Angeles
The USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo Ticket: 1-Day Pass
Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour
San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day Pass
Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour
Half-Day San Diego City Sightseeing
TourSan Diego: Tequila, Tacos &
Tombstones Walking Tour
SeaWorld San Diego Admission Ticket
La Jolla Shark Snorkel Tour
San Diego Electric Bike Rental: Half-Day and Full-Day
Have fun and enjoy!!