July LA travel advice

Old Feb 14, 14, 11:13 pm
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July LA travel advice

Hi, my wife and toddler son (just under 2 years old) will be visiting California (flying in and out of LA from Singapore) for 2 weeks in early July, both to visit friends and for a holiday. Any advice on what to do? We'd like to rent a car and drive around, but we figure that driving inland may be too hot! I understand temperatures in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree will be over 40 degrees celsius!

Last time we were in LA, we did the drive down to San Diego and back which was pretty good, but not too keen on doing the exact same thing again.

Any recommended destinations/itineraries will be very much appreciated, thanks!
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Old Feb 14, 14, 11:29 pm
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Road trip! LA to Santa Barbara, spend a few days in paradise there. Drive on up to the San Luis Obispo area, great town for wine/food, great beaches at Avila Beach or Pismo Beach. Drive up Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur coast to Monterey, spend a couple of days in Monterey and Carmel. Either drive back down Highway 101 to LA or continue up to SF. You could fly or drive back to LA from there.

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Road trip! LA to Santa Barbara, spend a few days in paradise there. Drive on up to the San Luis Obispo area, great town for wine/food, great beaches at Avila Beach or Pismo Beach. Drive up Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur coast to Monterey, spend a couple of days in Monterey and Carmel. Either drive back down Highway 101 to LA or continue up to SF. You could fly or drive back to LA from there.

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+1. Santa Barbara has a great little zoo. Big enough to have lots of interesting animals and small enough to navigate in a reasonable amount of time. Also, a small aquarium on the wharf. Both excellent for little kids.
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In Avila Beach, there is a cute little petting zoo/produce farm that would be great for a 2 year old.
https://avilavalleybarn.com/

Avila Beach has a great playground area, and nice beach.
http://www.avilabeachpier.com/inform...rate-park.html
For the adults, there is a pier, and a number of little restaurants to grab lunch at.
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Disneyland? I know some will say the little one is TOO little, but I disagree. Especially when traveling from so far away...
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Originally Posted by Doc Savage View Post
Road trip! LA to Santa Barbara, spend a few days in paradise there. Drive on up to the San Luis Obispo area, great town for wine/food, great beaches at Avila Beach or Pismo Beach. Drive up Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur coast to Monterey, spend a couple of days in Monterey and Carmel. Either drive back down Highway 101 to LA or continue up to SF. You could fly or drive back to LA from there.

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thats awesome advice, thanks! will probably follow your itinerary. one quick question; any advice on where to stop on the 101 on the way back to LA? to break up the long drive for the baby's sake!
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thats awesome advice, thanks! will probably follow your itinerary. one quick question; any advice on where to stop on the 101 on the way back to LA? to break up the long drive for the baby's sake!
and also, anywhere thats "seedier" or less safe that we should avoid? or most towns are generally alright? we're fairly well travelled so we do generally keep alert.. but some places, you just don't want to be in, know what i mean? thanks again
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+1. Santa Barbara has a great little zoo. Big enough to have lots of interesting animals and small enough to navigate in a reasonable amount of time. Also, a small aquarium on the wharf. Both excellent for little kids.
sounds great, thank you appreciate the reply!
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Originally Posted by DJ_Iceman View Post
Disneyland? I know some will say the little one is TOO little, but I disagree. Especially when traveling from so far away...
yup we've done disneyland before, planning to this time round for the 4th of july fireworks, heard its pretty good!
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Everything along your route is safe and pleasant.

You could stop in Paso Robles, a nice winery town, or again in SLO on your way back to LA from Monterey. Also consider Solvang, a cute little Danish town north of Santa Barbara.

Be aware that July 4th long weekend is one of the biggest traveling holidays in the US, and hotel prices along this route will reflect this. Weekends in general will be more expensive and potentially nearly sold out of hotel rooms, so plan ahead some.
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Where are the friends/family going to be located? I am trying to get a sense of where your "base" will be before passing along recommendations.
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Originally Posted by straits38 View Post
and also, anywhere thats "seedier" or less safe that we should avoid? or most towns are generally alright? we're fairly well travelled so we do generally keep alert.. but some places, you just don't want to be in, know what i mean? thanks again
Goleta, don't bother.
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Goleta, don't bother.
Unless you want to see one of the more beautiful college campuses in the US.
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Unless you want to see one of the more beautiful college campuses in the US.
Thats Isla Vista. Quite frankly that's like telling somebody to stop in South Central LA just to see USC .
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If you're looking to spend a few days away from the LA area, consider a drive to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, and/or the Eastern Sierra.
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