Estick From Argentina, joined Jan 2001, 46 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3650 times:
As said in the topic, I´ll be spending this next Saturday 23SEP, some good 12 hours at KLAX, arriving (I hope so...as a standby you never know) from EZE-x/IAD-LAX and continuing to GUA...all on UA. If everything goes as planned, I´ll be from 11.10 or so till 23.20 in LAX...the golden question is: What would you guys recommend me to do (apart from the couple of hours I already reserved to spotting!!)????
Is there any lounge where I can get a descent shower?? Any CHEAP motel or so to sleep for a couple of hours??...well, any ideas are more than welcome!
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2599 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3640 times:
Well, for your couple of hours spotting I would reccomend the famous (among ourselves...) 'In-n-Out' burger, which is only about a 15 minute walk from most terminals. The photograph opportunities there are great.
If you want to leave the airport, try having a walk around somewhere that is not too far from LAX, such as Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
Estick From Argentina, joined Jan 2001, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3619 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1): first, don't call it klax or us locals will beat you up. LAX works just fine.
Second, do a search for LAX in the title, and there's lots of people asking this same question...
Yes!!!!, this is the kind of easy answers I was looking for. And sorry for the BIG offense of the KLAX ....ups....sorry...LAX...thing...hope I did not ruin your day with this. I hope I can deal with this....
On the other hand, UK_Dispatcher, The "In-n´-Out" idea sounds great! I will try to get there if the day helps! THANKS A LOT
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3592 times:
Quoting Estick (Thread starter): Is there any lounge where I can get a descent shower?? Any CHEAP motel or so to sleep for a couple of hours??
The Admirals Club in Terminal 4 has showers, but a day pass is $50. You might do better by trying to get a day room at one of the nearby hotels/motels. The hotel vans circle the arrivals level continually, and Saturday, being the weekend, will mean plenty of open rooms. Traveler's Aid may even have some suggestions, or you could try a low-ball Priceline bid, or an airline employee's rate.
If you won't have a car, I'd head up Lincoln Blvd. on the Santa Monica bus to the 3rd St. Promenade and a walk along the beach and down to the Santa Monica Pier.
Shanderawx From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3571 times:
What do you enjoy?
Are you a museum buff? Many answers then from the Getty, but you would have to rent a car or take an expensive taxi ride.
Many inexpensive hotels on the west side. Look at comfortinn.com or bestwestern.com
The beach towns are nice but in that many hours you could go see the wonderful new concert hall and cathedral downtown (possible by the subway but the subway ride from LAX is over an hour and involves over two changes, one in a shaky neighborhood where you sit between two busy freeways waiting for the other train.
Easier to kill a day in LA than many cities.
The airport also has that wonderful central restaurant, where you can have a modertaly expensvie meal but spend time watching planes arrive from around the world, esp in the late afternoon.
AndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3541 times:
Any serious aviation buff goes to the In'n'Out when they visit LAX. There is nothing better than seeing the faces of the passengers as they fly by. I cannot express how pleasant that can be. The theme building restaurant, called 'Encounters' is pretty good (and expensive) and easy to walk to. That is also an experience not to be missed.
That beach is nice, with excellent shopping. Pizza for only $1!
When I had a 9 hour lay over after arriving on NZ and waiting for the UA flight I went on a nice walk around the terminals, explored some side roads. Based myself on the top floor of a parking building beside terminal 2 and snapped away
Skyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
Go to In-n-Out burger on Sepulveda Blvd. "The Parking Spot" van which circles the terminals will take you there, you can have a Double-Double animal style with well done fried and a knock-out shake. Sit outside and smell the jet-fuel as Qantas and other heavies land on the runway across the street. I can easily pass a few hours here watching the plans land. Or, if you like, catch a bus to Santa Monica, there's lots to do there.
"Those who talk, do not know, and those who know, do not talk."
BALAX From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3510 times:
Something else you can do after you arrive in LAX is take the FlyAway bus to Union Station in downtown. It's only 6 dollars each way, I think. It'll take you right into the train station and across from there is Olvera Street, known for good restaurants and some history of the city. From union station you can also catch the subway (red line) to Hollywood and just take a stroll around the area. It can be done within a couple of hours. Then head back to catch the Flyaway back to LAX, which drops you off right in front of your terminal, and offers great air conditioned bus service. Hope this helps!
Halophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3494 times:
The south beach cities (El Segundo, Redondo and Hermosa) are also pretty nice, but I'm not sure how accessible by public transport. Redondo has some excellent cafes and nice beach stretches.
If you're into museums, then a trip to Exhibition Park/USC is pretty nice (not just saying that because I got my PhD from there) - there you'll find a United DC-8 parked in the middle of what looks like a concrete jungle. There is a really cool natural history museum, imax theater and my favourite, african-american art museum. The area isn't too friendly after dark, however.
Of course I think Venice is also a fine option, as is Santa Monica. The only disappointment in the area is Malibu, which is more fancy houses than anything condusive to tourism.