I am looking for advice on a family trip to Southern California in August 2014. We are a family of four (kids will be 11 and 9).
We want to hit some of the touristy stuff but we also want to get off the beaten track. Would love your recommendations for sites and accomodations. Regarding hotels, we are looking in the moderate range. So this is what I have in mind so far. But I don't know how many days for each and what if I am missing something amazing. Distances?
LA/Hollywood (walk of fame, star tour, etc.); Getty Center, what else?
visit seaside towns for typical beach/surf scene -- we prefer quiet, artsy...Huntington, Laguna, Newport? Other?
Is a visit to Catalina Island worthwhile?
Should we go north at all for better scenery but not too far? San luis Obispo?
We would love to see the desert but is that crazy in August? Death valley. Want to see a starry night in the desert.
Maybe a day at Disney Land.
Okay, so that is the wish list. Please, please help. As specific as possible would be so appreciated. Any activities that should not be missed please include too.
Thank you!!! Frieda
Southern California -- 10-day itinerary
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