We are driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles in September. Should we book hotels before we leave or will be able to book as and when we arrive in places?
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Book your hotel before you arrive. If you arrive in Santa Monica but the hotel you decide to stay in is in Pasadena, you'll be in for a long tedious drive. Driving in LA is a chaotic and knowing a specific destination to leave your luggage (to deter theft) and to leave your car if necessary. Using rideshares in the city is much less stressful because parking can be difficult in most areas, especially for out of towners.