We will be flying in to LA and then spending 5 days in Pismo Beach and back to LA for the last 2 days of our trip. We are staying near the airport so we can drop off the rental car and have a shuttle to the airport. We'll be there on a Friday/Saturday.
First off from reading others threads, it seems to be best to take the a shared shuttle to Hollywood from the airport. Then my thought is to do the hop on hop off buses. 40 year old and a 16 year old - and she wants to see it all. Most of the bus tours seem to just drive by things and when they do stop it is 10-20 mins which doesn't seem like enough time to see everything, hence the reason we want to do the HOHO. Should we do 24 or 48 hours? I think we will be on the go the whole time so we should really use it. That said, I am also wondering about the Metro - I have used it in Chicago and DC and feel pretty comfortable with it in those cities - how does it compare to LA metro? Can you get to most sites with it?
And a very important question - the 16 year old will be turning 17 while we are there and wants a great resturant for a birthday dinner. Suggestions in the HOHO or metro areas?
I feel like I have thought this through and these are my main questions - looking forward to input!