We have 4 nights (3 full days) in LA at the end of May and are undecided between staying in Pasadena or Santa Monica/West Hollywood. We are inclined to Pasadena (as it seems nice, we want to go to the Norton Simon and Huntington, and accommodation is cheaper. But we are a bit bothered about travel times to Warner Bros, Getty Center, Santa Monica, Venice, and other places to the West. Our only other visit to LA in 1999 left a deep impression on me as to LA Freeways.
Can anyone give an indication as to likely journey times by car from Pasadena to, say, Santa Monica leaving at about 9:30 a.m. (We shall be on vacation*!) And of a return journey leaving at, say, 5 p.m. - or later if that'd mean we had a faster jounrey?
For some other places served by the metro we would be happy to use that if it's likely to be quicker: we live in London so are used to public transport. But we are nervous of turning up to find the park and ride parking lots* are full. Any advice on that please?
*please forgive any mistakes in my attempt to write in American