Subject: Re: Los Angeles advice requested
Alan et al,

I hope you will spend some time in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. We are a diverse and vibrant community with world-class attractions and restaurants. Please allow a little more time than you think as traffic is bad here. You will need a rental car.

It is not possible to give you a recommendation for lodgings. Los Angeles is the second largest metropolitan area in the USA. There are thousands of lodgings for every price and quality levels for many areas. I suggest using after consulting

This new web site has a lot of information

I find this an interesting guide to Los Angeles

Much to the chagrin of high-brow folks, the museum scene in Los Angeles has skyrocketed

Free museum days: the list

A + D Architecture and Design Museum 304 S. Broadway, Los Angeles (213) 620-9961 Free: all the time

Arboretum of Los Angeles County 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222 Free: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park (323) 667-2000 Free: Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

California Science Center 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles (323) SCIENCE Free: all the time

Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 937-4230 Free: 1st Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2141 Free: 1st Thursday of the month, noon-4:30 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum 369 1st St., Los Angeles (213) 625-0414 Free: Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; 3rd Thursday of the month, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 439-2119 Free: 1st Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

L.A. County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000 Free: 2nd Tuesday of the month, noon-8 p.m.

MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles (213) 626-6222 Free: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213) 626-6222 Free: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Museum of Jurassic Technology 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City (310) 836-6131 Free: after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, after 5:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Only 15 minutes! $4.

Museum of Neon Art 501 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 489-9918 Free: 2nd Thursday of the month, 5-8 p.m.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466 Free: 1st Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Norton Simon Museum 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840. Free: First Friday of the month, 6 pm - 9 pm

Pacific Asia Museum 6 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 449-2742 Free: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 934-7243 Free: 1st Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pasadena Historical Museum 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103 626 577-1660 Free: Wednesdays

Pasadena Museum of California Art 490 E Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101 626 568-3665 Free the first Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (310) 825-4361 Free: all the time

UCLA Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood (310) 443-7000 Free: Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Getty is always free. Closed on Mondays.

If by Disney you mean the concert hall (, consider seeing The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels one block away ( Weekly free organ concerts at 12:45 pm. Parking is expensive.

Bill, South Pasadena