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Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Monica

Wanted to visit Santa Monica Malibu and Hollywood sign

Flying into Lax . My son has hockey school in Simi Valley ..... just trying to plan it all together so we aren't driving all day . We r staying in Simi Valley for 4 nights . We have a full day when we fly into Lax and a full day after hockey school before we fly out ... which is a better place to visit on way to Simi Valley and on way back from there ?!

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You can easily do them all except the Hollywood Sign. Roads have been closed tithe sign and the best way to see it is from a distance. Here's what I would recommend: 


--From LAXhead up the 405 CA-1 to Venice Beach and Santa Monica. It's only 20 minutes away. Get out and walk around. 


--Then head up to Malibu and across to Simi Valley.  


--On the way back, head to Runyon Canyon Park Entrance - Fuller Avenue and take a hikr. It's stunning, very Los Angeles, and you'll see the sign.  


Hope that helps 


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I'd visit Santa Monica and Malibu on one day and the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Blvd(Hollywood Walk of Fame) on the other day.

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  2. Malibu (city)
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Santa Monica and Malibu are close to LAX, and you could visit anytime, depending on what you want to see. You could arrive in LAX and immediately drive to Santa Monica and park in one of the parking structures and walk around for a while. Just make sure you conceal your luggage and personal items in the trunk, so nothing is visible Ibu simply looking in the windows of the car. Malibu could be visited afterwards, just by driving north on the Pacific Coast Hwy. There isn't a whole lot to see in Malibu that isn't along the coast highway. As far as Hollywood, Same advice about visible luggage. Both Hollywood and Santa Monica Are about 45 minutes from Simi Valley, but that is in non-peak traffic hours, which are weekdays from 6 to 1030 or so and anytime after 3 PM in the afternoon. Weekends are much better . If visiting Hollywood, I would plan on spending more time if you want to see the Mann's Chinese Theater and all the stars' imprints there. It is also fun to take one of the stars homes bus tours. They are fun and also orient you to the area. They will get you as close as possible to the Hollywood sign, but otherwise you have to walk in . Taking photos from a distance is much easier

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  7. Mann's Chinese Theater (attraction)

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Fritzi from San Francisco

I recommend you consider staying in Agoura Hills. It's a great location to visit Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice.  You drive through the Santa Monica moutains, beautiful old horse ranches and it's not at all touristy,  to the beach.  The last time I vacationed in Malibu I stayed in a Renaissance by Marriott, which was very relaxing with a beautiful pool.  There are lots of restaurants and shopping in Agoura Hills.  I don't think you are that far from Simi Valley.  Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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It depends on which days are weekends. You'll want to drive on the 1 on weekdays if possible both to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic and ease of parking at the beach. You're going to hit traffic at some point with an itinerary like that anyway.

Also, keep in mind that none of these places is just one specific place with one specific freeway exit. Malibu is a long string of beaches, all of which have their own highlights (if you have to pick just one, try to visit Point Dume and hike over to the tide pools). The Hollywood sign can be seen from all over town, but the specific roads that used to go up close are now CLOSED. Most go to the Griffith Observatory now to see it're also going to the observatory at the same time which is another LA landmark. Beware that you'll probably not be able to park at the Observatory but will have to park below and take a (very short) bus ride.

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