My German g/f and I (Aussie) are heading to Calafornia in June for about 10 days to attend a friends wedding. Having never been to the West Coast before we're trying to work out what we should be seeing and where we should spend our time. We'd like a relaxing break, whilst making sure we see some of the highlights. Having done my own research, I am leaning towards staying in Santa Monica rather than Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Downtown LA. Does this sound sensible? Any suggestions for accommodation in Santa Monica that won't break the budget (don't wanna really pay more than $150pn). We'll have a hire car, so location shouldn't be a problem. Looking forward to Vegas. Recommend any "must stay at" hotels? Should we do the chopper flight to the Grand Canyon? Boat trip too? You can see our rough itinerary below. Any suggestions what to do on the final Sun-Tue would be grateful. Thanks to you all for any suggestions! Safe travels! Itinerary ========= Fri Pick up hire car. Chill out in Santa Monica. Accom in Santa Monica. Sat Arrive in LA, chillin Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach. Accom in Santa Monica. Mon Day @ Disneyland! Accom near Disneyland. Tue Drive to Vegas / Chill Accom in Vegas. Wed Chopper flight to Grand Canyon. Brians stag party Wed night. Accom in Vegas. Thur Recovery / Chill in Vegas Accom in Vegas. Fri Drive to Ojai, Californa for wedding rehersal dinner etc. Accom in Ojai *Booked* Sat 26 : Day in Ojai and the Wedding of course! Accom in Ojai *Booked* Sun 27 Brunch/Recovery in Ojai! Where should we go/visit?! Accom?? Mon 28 Day @ Universal Studios? Accom?? Tue 29 Shopping in L.A.? Flight at 8pm from LAX.