Tim & Suzie Travel America travel blog

Universal Studios

Malibu coastline from our campsite

TB on Hollywood stars

TB chilling on the Venice Beach Boardwalk

The climax of the Jurrasic Park Ride - Universal Studios

SB at the basketball, Lakers v Nicks Staples Centre LA

We arrived in LA after a very scenic drive through the Santa Monica Mountains full of Huge houses & lavish horse properties all amongst alot of steep winding roads.

We stayed in Malibu which was very cool although the drive along the coast to Santa Monica & the city was always a slow one due to closed lanes after the recent land slides which are still happening. The residents try to stop them by laying big sheets of plastic & Tarps down the cliff faces below their houses they really are on precarious ground.

This first stop in LA was just a couple of days long to have Gus serviced and also provided an opportunity to check out Universal Studios which was well worth it.

With Gus feeling a million dollars we drove to Dana Point located at the northern end of San Diego County. But to keep it simple there is a separate San Diego entry and this story continues our LA experience.

Well what to say about LA? To start with its big and you get an appreciation for just how big as you switch from one eight lane fwy to the the next and the next to navigate your way around. But apart from the inevitable traffic jams, which can occur at anytime of the day, getting around was pretty easy.

We spent our days checking out Universal Studious, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach. Then at night we cooked up a storm overlooking Malibu, hit some pubs on the Sunset Strip or watched the LA Lakers beat the New York Nicks. We both loved it! I have to say I was feeling quite ambivalent about LA but it was a real surprise packet for me and certainly one of the highlights so far.

We do have some cool photos that are worth a look on this one

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