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Los Angeles-Anaheim in November

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I'll be visiting California for the first time this thanksgiving (for 7 days). I'll be flying to Los Angeles and I would appreciate ideas on where to stay. I have a 8 yr old so, I'll probably spend a couple days visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and the San Diego Zoo. My plan was to stay a couple of days in LA and then another couple of days in Anaheim.

What would you recommend? Thanks.

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    The 8 year old would probably enjoy staying right up at Universal...in the Hilton or the Sheraton. Visit the Griffith Observatory, the La Brea Tarpits and Page Fossil Museum or maybe The Natural History Museum and The Science Center. Wait until after 10am to drive to Anaheim, but do it before 3pm or wait until 9pm. Disneyland requires an early start so stay nearby the night before. Legoland near San Diego might be great for an 8 year old as well as the Zoo, Sea World and the Wild Animal Park. Plenty to squeeze in in just 7 days, I think I might skip Universal actually, geared more towards 10 or 11 and older really.

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    I would second the advice for Griffith observatory - it's free, and it has some of the most beautiful views for the city of LA that you can find. The tar pits are also pretty cool - if you've seen My Girl, you'll remember this as being the place where her ring falls in the tar. Of course, you'll probably want to walk through Hollywood - but be prepared, it's actually pretty small and you'll cover it quickly (I say this because when I first went to Hollywood I was surprised at how much smaller it was than I expected).

    Tracy mentioned waiting until after 10am to drive to Anaheim - that's because of the crazy LA traffic. Traffic over here is intense. I would just say be prepared to hit traffic, maybe make some mix cd's to bring along for the ride, and just roll with it. It's hard to avoid the traffic (especially if you're coming around thanksgiving), so it's easier if you have a positive attitude about it. Also, it can really happen any time of day, so don't worry too much about trying to plan your day around trying to avoid it (although rush hour around 5 is always going to be a mess).

    The San Diego Zoo is a lot of fun. San Diego is a much more relaxed city than Los Angeles. Right next to the San Diego Zoo (literally next "door," they share the same property pretty much) is Balboa Park, which is a fun and pretty place to walk through if you need something else to fill your time.

    As far as WHERE to stay, I'm afraid I'm not much help. I would look up reviews - if it has good reviews you're probably safe :)

    You guys are going to have a blast! California is a lot of fun. Oh, and definitely bring a sweater - it can get a bit chilly in November with the damp ocean air.

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