Layover in LA

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CBRQF

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Member since 28 Jul 2011

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Hi all

I have a day layover in LA in a few weeks (land at 11.30am from Canada and the depart at 10.40pm back to australia). Any recommendations on what to do during that time besides sitting in a lounge?

Thanks!

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jeppetto367

Member since 06 Jun 2017

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I've spent a bit of time in LA over the years and had a similar stopover late last year with a work client that had never been to LA.


We took an Uber down to Santa Monica, walked around the pier, walked the boardwalk up to Venice Beach, had a few beers in the bars in Venice and then Uber back to LAX to eat in the lounge.


If you've never been to LA I'd recommend this, I wouldn't recommend Hollywood Blvd or Downtown LA, both are dirty and not really what you'd expect.

markpk

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Member since 29 Nov 2013

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Couple of suggestions:

1. Get a car and go visit the Getty Museum - it's an easy 3-4 hours spent amongst an amazing collection of art and antiquities

2. Get a car and go south to Hermosa Beach. It's more like Noosa and not as crazy touristy as Venice Beach. Have a swim then a late lunch overlooking the beach at Hennessey's.

3. Get a car and do a mini coast run up to Malibu.

If you're back early evening and don't necessarily want to spend 5+ hours in the lounge I'd recommend dinner around Marina Del Rey.

DrSK

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Member since 08 Jul 2014

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I would strongly second the Getty Museum in Santa Monica - a superb collection of art in an architecturally interesting building with beautiful gardens. The Getty also has a Villa in Malibu that houses its collection of antiquities which is worth a visit. As @markpk suggested, dinner in Marina Del Rey (or Manhattan Beach) would be a pleasant way to end the day - just allow plenty of time to get back to LAX - the traffic can be horrific (and affects rental car shuttle buses too, as all rental car locations are off site).

Whatever you do, don't sit in a lounge for such a long time - there is no lounge at LAX that is worthy of 11 hours of your time. If you wanted to stay closer to the airport, the In-n-Out on Sepulveda is an old-school US burger joint that has great views of aircraft movements at LAX. The Proud Bird is a food hall and bar at the inland end of LAX's runways that provides similarly impressive views of aircraft with a wider variety of food (and some booze). There is also the Flight Path museum (open 10:00 to 15:00 Tues to Sat) on the southern border of LAX that is worth a visit if aviation is your thing. I'd recommend an Uber or Lyft for any of these options - despite their relative proximity, LA is not a city for walking.

aggie57

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Member since 04 Apr 2014

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I live in Orange County, and travel through LAX pretty often. There's so many choices I'd ask what your interests are, for sure you don't need to spend 1/2 a day sitting in a lounge.

One thing to note though, there's major construction underway at LAX that's affecting travel times into the horseshoe (the roads into the terminal area). You need to allow an extra 30mins for that, evening is a very busy time there.

dazzle_perth

Member since 07 Feb 2011

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I would go to Manhattan beach ( about 15mins away), cycle along the beach to Redondo Beach and back, stopping along the way at the beach and pier. checking out the cute shops and cafes in Manhattan Beach...lovely spot and not too far from the airport.

Nick Sydney 2

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Member since 22 Jul 2015

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The beaches close by, In Out burgers for a view of the aircraft and just chill out. Don't bother with Hollywood but if you must then the Dream hotel rooftop bar for lunch. CBD is definitely not worth a visit

Nick Sydney 2

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Member since 22 Jul 2015

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Extra point to note is that LA traffic can be very bad so if driving any distance then careful of the rush hour traffic.

CBRQF

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Member since 28 Jul 2011

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Thank you all! Some great recommendations to consider

Fenguy

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Aug 2016

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I mostly agree with the above suggestions - especially Getty Center which is wonderful. The Huntingdon Library near Pasadena is great too. Don't let anyone tell you there's no culture in LA!

You can also drive a few miles to the California Science Center and see Endeavour, the last space shuttle that flew.

rich5011

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Member since 24 Jan 2013

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Originally Posted by jeppetto367

I've spent a bit of time in LA over the years and had a similar stopover late last year with a work client that had never been to LA.


We took an Uber down to Santa Monica, walked around the pier, walked the boardwalk up to Venice Beach, had a few beers in the bars in Venice and then Uber back to LAX to eat in the lounge.


If you've never been to LA I'd recommend this, I wouldn't recommend Hollywood Blvd or Downtown LA, both are dirty and not really what you'd expect.

Totally agree nice way to spend a few hours , it's easy convenient and as stated all the other area disappoints

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