I plan on visiting Angels Stadium and Dodger Stadium in 2018 with my wife. Likely around Memorial Day time when I can catch both teams at home. Never been to either stadium and want to catch more than 1 game in each.
Any ideas on where to stay, whether or not to rent a car, etc? Ideally would like to stay in 1 hotel the entire trip but ok with staying one place for Angels games and then a different place for Dodgers games. Similarly, no issues with renting car for part of trip only, entire trip or not at all.
Would like to do a small bit of sightseeing too (Walk Of Fame, Griffith Observatory, Rodeo Drive, etc.) as never been to LA but games are primary focus.
Anyone able to offer any advice? It would be VERY much appreciated.
You mean 2019, correct?
Definitely rent a car--it's los angeles!
I would stay in Hollywood or downtown los angeles which gives you access to lots of fun stuff besides the ball parks (By the way, Angels Stadium is close to Disneyland.)
All of the other touristy stuff that you mentioned is in or around Hollywood. Look around for hotel deals and book now, if you can.
Yes, I meant 2019 :-)
Thanks for the info. Found a decent hotel in Hollywood.
I made that trip this summer. I stayed in Anaheim near the park (and across from Disney) for the first part. Its far from the tourist stuff you mentioned and although we planned to go to Griffith Park the traffic and drive time were too much. We jumped out to Phoenix from Anaheim to catch that park too. Its a six hour drive so we stayed there overnight. Came back and stayed in Burbank. Closer to the tourist stuff. I would recommend the WB Studio tour highly. Walk of Fame is ok but takes very little time. Same with Rodeo Drive. Lake Hollywood Park is a good place to take a picture of the Hollywood sign. The day game in Anaheim was really hot. Before you buy tickets for day game in either park, check to make sure you are on the shade side or covered.
It's LA so you need a car to get almost anywhere. Plan for traffic no matter what time of day or night. We rented a convertible. Too hot during the day to go top down (mid august trip) but it was really fun to drive it at night to and from the games.
Thanks. Wasn't away that Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive are quick to do. Will check out Lake Hollywood Park too. Appreciate the info.
My wife and I just did pretty much this exact trip. We went to the final weekend of spring training in Phoenix, then flew to Anaheim and stayed for 3 nights, enjoyed a couple of days at Disneyland, and caught the Angels last home exhibition game. We stayed right outside of Disneyland. We did not rent a car. We took an Uber when necessary but we were close enough to Disneyland to walk. After our three days in Anaheim were complete, we took an Uber to our downtown LA hotel which was about a 10 minute drive to Dodger Stadium. For traveling around LA (walk of fame, beach cities, Santa Monica Pier, etc.) you should either rent a car or prepare to take Ubers/Taxis often. LA is very spread out so sightseeing will require travel.
Advice on Anaheim: There is not a whole lot to do. You could check out the Garden Walk maybe. Pretty much it is Disneyland and Angels Stadium. Renting a car would not be necessary unless you are planning to stay at one location for your entire trip. Angels Stadium and Dodger Stadium are not close to each other. We didn't find great food in Anaheim (my wife literally did hours upon hours of research while trip planning). There is a cool brewery right across from Angels Stadium though if that is your sort of thing.
LA advice: Do some research and find out what you want to do in the area. If you just want to do the Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory (as you listed), you may want to stay in Hollywood. You would probably be 20-30 minutes from Dodger Stadium but that is not bad. Also, consider taking a sightseeing bus tour. That way you can see a lot in a limited amount of time. LA has a lot of great food. Recommend Forma in Santa Monica. It is the best Italian I have had in my life.
Hopefully this is at least a little bit helpful.