Ds (13yo) and I are traveling to CA for the week after Christmas. Dd and dh are traveling separately w/ the Cavalcade Honor Band to perform in the Rose Parade on 1/1/19. Ds and I are going out early on our own to spend some time at DLR, then joining up w/ the Family & Friends group w/ the band, for the rest of our stay.
Basically, it looks like this:
25/Wed - Arrive late evening at LAX, transfer to hotel on Harbor
26/Thurs - DLR
27/Fri - DLR
28/Sat - DLR (transfer to Newport Beach hotel late evening)
29/Sun - DLR (Band performing @ DLR, bus transportation provided)
30/Mon - “Hollywood/Beverly Hills Tour” and Band Fest (bus transportation provided…and I have NO idea what is included in the tour as of right now)
31/Sun - “Free Day”
1/Mon - Rose Parade (reserved parade seating, bus transportation provided)
2/Tues - Lunchtime departure from SNA (free hotel shuttle to airport)
My first ask is transportation from LAX to our hotel on Harbor on Christmas night. We used Super Shuttle’s Execucar during our last trip and it was fine, but I’m wondering if there are other/better options especially given the holiday.
I’m thinking of taking ds to the Griffith Observatory during our free day on the 31st and am trying to figure out the best option for transportation. I’m not overly excited about renting a car for the day and battling LA traffic, but an Uber from Newport Beach to Griffith park and back may be $$$. I have driven in NYC and Philly…is LA traffic that bad or should I find other options?
The planner in me is freaking out w/ the lack of info from the tour people running this trip, and I know that our last day at DLR with the band will be on their schedule, not mine, so I’m expecting a late arrival and have no idea how long they are staying.
I have yet to plan our time at DLR. Basically it will be two full days, one day until dinnertime or so before we head to Newport Beach, and then the last day is w/ the band. We last visited in summer of 2017 so we don’t have to do EVERYTHING, but I definitely want to get the holiday stuff in and do some favorites.
Any thoughts or opinions are welcome!