I'm traveling to San Diego at the end of March, and flying my 2 sons in at the end of my meetings. We are renting a car and driving from San Diego to Venice Beach. My boys are 18 and 12, and loved the movie Lords of Dogtown (Z boys). They are both passionate about skateboarding, longboarding, the beach... We are not a "theme park" kind of family. We like to experience the culture and life of whatever place we are in. We are Canadian, and love the Catskills in upstate New York (annual hippie road trip), and also European travel (so far - London, Paris and Rome). Can anyone suggest a great driving route for sightseeing along the way, as well as some MUST see / MUST do things between San Diego and Venice Beach...we won't do Sea World or the Zoo (not our thing)? We would also love to have hotel suggestions (cool and moderately priced) in Venice Beach.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I'm pulling them out of school for 4 days...I told my Husband, a Teacher it's called the School of Life :)