Stay in LA or somewhere nearby for a few nights?

So my wife and I fly from Seoul to LA with our two dogs. We were planning to buy a car and drive from LA to Florida but renewing my NYS driver’s license online has proven to be difficult and no current license means no insurance, which means no new car.

So the new plan is to rest a few days and then fly out of LA. But should we stay in LA for those few days or somewhere nearby? This press release was timely:

Torrance, CA (April 23, 2012) — According to a 2011 White Paper on California Tourism, California is the #1 destination in the United States and hosts over 18% of overseas travelers who come to the U.S. One city in Southern California which is vying for the attention of these tourists is Torrance, which offers 1.5 miles of shore front beach on the Pacific Ocean and 2,500 guest rooms with rates ranging from U.S. $79 to $209 per night based upon availability.

And while there are many Los Angeles County cities which are more well known — including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Malibu — and come with an equally illustrious price tag, Torrance is a down-to-earth Southern California town with easy access to the international airports, major attractions, Pacific Ocean, and more.

Located between Redondo Beach and Malaga Cove on the Santa Monica Bay, Torrance Beach is a popular attraction for those who want to dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean. The safe, uncrowded beach environment is free of charge and is the start of The Strand, the 22-mile paved and lit beach path which heads up to Santa Monica and is perfect for walking, jogging, or bicycling. In the 1950s, there was a well-known beach club here which attracted many Hollywood celebrities looking to get away from it all, and this relaxing ambiance remains to this day.

Other popular attractions in Torrance include the Del Amo Fashion Center, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the U.S.; Old Town Torrance, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; the Madrona Marsh Wildlife Preserve & Nature Center; the Southern California Live Steamers Miniature Railroad; the Toyota Automobile Museum; and much more. The city also affords easy access via the 405 and 100 freeways to the many notable attractions in and around Los Angeles and Orange County including Hollywood, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, and more.

Travelers can find hotels from budget to deluxe represented by all of the major brands including Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, Doubletree by Hilton, Extended Stay America, Homestead Studio Suites, Marriott, Miyako, Ramada, Residence Inn by Marriott, Staybridge Suites, and Travelodge. The extensive range of facilities available varies by hotel but includes guest rooms, suites, and fully-equipped apartment-style suites with kitchens, plus amenities such as spas, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, barbecue areas, fireplaces, kids programs, Jacuzzis, pet-friendly accommodations, complimentary breakfast and Internet access, and more. Rates at these properties range from from $79 to $249 based upon availability.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Having lived and worked in the L.A area for a year,I would suggest Manhattan Beach or Redondo rather than Torrance, lots of traffic and very crowded. I stayed a few days at Barnaby’s (now the Belamar Hotel) in Manhattan Beach. At the time it was very European, but had a great pub and excellent restaurant. The room was large, with antique decor, and it was a quiet, smaller hotel. If you stay in the L.A.area, be sure and take a drive up the hill to Palos Verdes, on to Malaga Cove, a charming spot, along PCH. Beautiful homes and scenery, nice drive. Lots of good food in L.A. The 405 is a nightmare, so be prepared…!

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