We (two ~30 year olds) will be traveling to LA for a weekend this month, arriving late on a Thursday night and flying out of LA at 10:15pm on the Sunday night. We’ll be staying in Santa Monica. We've put together a rough plan, but would really appreciate any advice on the current plans and answers to a few questions.
Day 1 (Friday)
Morning – I have the morning on my own and was planning on spending it at the beach - Any other suggestions in/around Santa Monica?
-without renting a car, I assume the best option would be to uber in this direction?
-does it make more sense to hike towards the sign and then to the Observatory, or uber to the
observatory and then hike towards the sign?
-I've read about the numerous hikes to and near the sign, and was wondering if anyone here
has a particular favourite. The Brush Canyon trail seems to be popular or there is this option
from the observatory to the sign (https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/griffith-observatory-to-
Day 2 (Saturday)
Morning - Surfing lesson, time at the beach (favourite company for beginner surfing lessons?)
Evening – I have the evening to myself and might go for a bike/rollerblade ride along the beach (Marvin Braude Bike Trail)
-do any of the bike/rollerblade rental places allow rental at one end and return at the other?
-Are they typically open into the evening? or are there ways to return after they close?
Day 3 (Sunday)
We have the entire day, with a flight at 10:15 pm at LAX and are open to renting a car for the day. I've been looking online at day trip options and the ones that have stood out are Catalina Island,
-Are there others that I missed that you would suggest?
-Is Catalina Island realistic with our departure time? (This seems to be the most interesting)