Subject: Re: need S.CA help
Unless you are a big fan of Tourist Attractions, I'd avoid Solvang. Definitely not worth the drive from Anaheim. International visitors who want a large dose of the California freeway experience would be better off visiting San Diego (with a quick hop over to Mexico); there are also trains that go to San Diego.

I second the recommendations for the Manhattan Beach area, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica--all of which are very close to one another (by LA standards, anyway).

JoAnne in the not-so-cool (98 degrees) northern part of California