Saturday, October 14, 2006

Connected Traveler: Los Angeles

BEST WIRED HOTELS Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

This hotel near the beach offers safe-deposit boxes in guest rooms and at the front desk. Wireless access is available in the meeting rooms and in the lobby; high-speed wired access in your room goes for $9.95 per day. which also includes all local and long-distance calls.

The Crescent
403 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills

At this hotel, it's all about the music. Each room comes with a preloaded Apple iPod. Like something you hear? Buy the CD from the in-room music minibar, which is stocked with a special blend of tunes. Or buy the Pod itself when you check out Of course, with a fiat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, and wireless Internet in your room, you may never actually leave it.

Wilshire Grand
930 Wilshire Blvd,

Minutes from the LA Convention Center, this hotel hasanon-site business center that offers photocopying, faxing, and shipping services, as well as desktop computers and laptop docks. All guest rooms have complimentary high-speed Internet access and multiline phones.

TOP TECH ATTRACTIONS Six Flags Magic Mountain 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
You don't have to take any wacky drugs to fly high at Magic Mountain. New this season is Tatsu, a 3,600-foot roller coaster whose 3.5-minute ride reaches 62 mph and includes a 124-foot pretzel loop and a 96-foot-tall zero-g roll. Riders are strapped to the coaster in a flying position to add to the thrill. Too scared? Check out video of the full ride on their Web site.

Museum of Jurassic Technology 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City
The oxymoronic name betrays the oddity of this obscure museum, which is actually more of a display of curiosities, including an exhibit so small it requires a microscope to see. The strangeness of the place is apparent right away: It's always locked, so you have to ring a doorbell to gain entrance. Go with an open mind.

120 S, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon Enjoy your Wi-Fi with a side of organic greens or a cup of fresh-roasted coffee. Mingle with local artists and enjoy free live music at this canyon hangout not far from the Pacific Coast Highway.

Diedrich Coffeehouse
732 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica Fresh and delicious coffee is served up along with free wireless at this and many other locations in LA and Orange counties.

Whole Foods Market
6350 W. 3rd St.

Check your portfolio while you get your Yuppie on at this health food emporium. Try not to get any mango salsa on your laptop.

WHILE YOU'RE IN TOWN Certainly art isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you visit LA, but it could be soon. The Getty Center museum ( at 1200 Getty Center Drive, set on a 110-acre hillside just off the 405 freeway and also accessible by computer-operated tram ride, can't be missed. There's no fee for admission to the Getty's several buildings, which are filled with European paintings and European and American photographs, beautiful gardens and lawns, and a view of Los Angeles — the ocean, the mountains, and the busy city grid.

AIRPORT FACTS LAX ( has partnered with T-Mobile to offer Wi-Fi access for $9.99 per 24-hour period. It's worth it if you're smogged in for that long. LAX is also the only airport with a hit song: "LA International Airport" was a Top 10 country hit in 1971. Long Beach Airport (, midway between Los Angeles and Orange County, offers free Wi-Fi, a "cell phone waiting lot" — where drivers can wait for the people they're picking up to call — and online tracking of flight activity.

By: McLaughlin, Molly K., PC Magazine


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