We are concerned about the traffic situation in LA highlighted in all travel books. Before departing from LAX at about midnight (weekday) we would like to spend about one night in LA visit:ing santa monica Pier, the ocean front walk at Venice, third street promenade, hope to drive along santa monica Blvd, to BH (rodeo drive), sunset Blvd the strip and either the farners market and the grove or grand central market at down town.
1. where should we stay for that one night? No specific budget, rather which area more convenient and less time in the car? We are driving down from SF, probably would have spent 2 nights at Monterey and a night at solvang/ santa barbara.
2. what is the difference between the farmers market and the grand central market, which one is better and easier to get to, easier to park if we only have time for one?
3. Is it better to visit santa monica in the morning or afternoon?
4. How long will it takes to go from Hollywood area to santa monica? When are the rush hours?