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Old 06-07-2010, 11:05 PM
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Just wanting some advice please. My husband and I are attending a wedding in Riverside,CA and trying to find suitable accommodation somewhere to central attactions in LA.

We are planning on going down to San Diego for they day and also visiting Universal Studios. We'll have a third person with us who would like to visit some touristy places but my husband and I aren't fussed as we've toured LA before. We won't be visiting Disneyland or anything like that so being close to Anahiem is not a priority.

Just hoping someone might have some advice on a good location to stay that will put us in a good location to Riverside and also to San Diego and attractions around LA. We would pick somewhere near Santa Monica but not sure if that is a safe area?


P.S - I realise we are covering a big area but would prefer to base ourselves in one place rather than hop from accommodation to accommodation.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:14 PM
Location: South Bay
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riverside is far from santa monica. if you want to try to something new while you're out here, maybe consider staying in temecula and doing a wine tour for the day. temecula is halfway between riverside and san diego.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:17 AM
Location: So Ca
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Hope you're staying at the Riverside Inn! Such a beautiful place with lots to do right there.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:04 PM
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Yeah, you could consider staying at the Mission Inn and taking the MetroLink, about a 3 minute drive to the station from the hotel, into L.A. to the Red Line for Universal City. You may be adding about 45 minutes to your commute taking the train(s) were there no traffic on the freeways, but you'll also not be stressing traffic at all. But watch your return trip. The MetroLink has a pretty limited schedule.

If it's not doable then drive, and you may consider staying in Temecula, as BRinSM mentioned. Do some wine tours. They've got hot air balloon rides, if that doesn't scare the crap outta you. Stone Brewery in Escondido is a really nice little stop for beer (perhaps a brewery tour too) and a meal, going down or returning from San Diego. They have a website.

Hit the 15 heading into OC > Long Beach > L.A. > Universal. I'd call it a trek, but on wheels you are flexible to make stops, like at the beach. Parking is a mess downtown and in Hollywood, though, and one benefit of the Red Line is there are stops there, to get off and hit the streets and then back on. You may consider doing a train commute down, then a cheap one-way car rental back up to Riverside or Temecula if your plan is to stay in Los Angeles later in the evening. If it's a late night return then traffic will have died all the more.

ETA: Actually, scratch that rental idea. Just park at Universal or downtown Union Station (I think it's $10 for the day and I think they close late, with security) and use the Red Line to tour around that corridor of town before or after your Universal Studios jaunt.

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