L.A. Times Gives Free L.A. Guide Top Billing

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If you think youÂ?ve seen and done it all in Los Angeles, Free L.A., a new intriguing guide, Â?will prove you wrong,Â? says the L.A. Times Weekend Calendar.

The L.A. Times Weekend Calendar gave Free L.A. top billing in last week’s survey of new and offbeat guides to the city. What pushed this new hip pocket travel guide to the top? Details to hundreds of free fun things to do in the L.A. metro area, from Hollywood to Malibu to Pasadena.

“Free L.A: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide ™ to the City of the Angels” (CorleyGuide; 0970624212; $12.95; trade paperback; Travel/Los Angeles; 288 pages) is edited by veteran L.A. travel writer, Troy Corley. A crew of savvy local writers contributed to the detailed listings of 350 free museums, festivals, botanical gardens, concerts, films and more.

Who needs this guide? According to the L.A. Times, “People who like parades and ethnic festivals; Angelenos on a budget; or anyone who's ever said, "There's nothing to do this weekend." Says the publisher of Free L.A., “any L.A. resident or tourist who is looking for something unique and fun that doesn’t cost big bucks.”

So, what’s there to do if you find yourself in Los Angeles this weekend? How about a trip to the Bunny Museum (http://www.thebunnymuseum.com), a Pasadena private residence turned into the largest display of bunny-related stuff in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. And it’s open by appointment or for major holiday open houses year-round – for Free!

Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun or for something free and easy to do on major holidays, Free L.A. (http://www.freela.net) is the perfect travel planner for tourists and residents alike. Treat the family to a gratis movie under the stars or bring a date to a free Playboy Jazz concert. Pay nothing to visit L.A.’s top museums or take complimentary tours of historic L.A. landmarks.

How practical is Free L.A.? “Listings even come with Thomas Guide coordinates,” says the L.A. Times. As car-crazy Angelenos know, the Thomas Guide is the ultimate way to navigate your way through L.A.’s freeway maze. Free L.A. also identifies kid-friendly places and provides parking tips.

An L.A. resident for more than 20 years, Free L.A. editor and independent journalist Troy Corley has written about the area for numerous publications including FamilyFun, Parents, Travel & Leisure Family, LA Parent, and America Online’s Digital City Los Angeles. As a mother of two with a penchant for saving a dollar, Ms. Corley has taken her family on numerous Free L.A. adventures and shares her passion for them in this twist on a traditional travel guide.

Free L.A. is available nationally at Barnes & Noble, Borders and independent bookstores and through online booksellers such as Amazon.com. Exclusively distributed by Beagle Bay Books (http://www.beaglebay.com), Free L.A. can be found at dozens of L.A. area bookstores including Vroman’s, Dutton’s, Book Soup, Skylight Books and Distant Lands.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Review copies and high-resolution photos are available. Free L.A. content is also available for syndication.


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