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User currently offlineSeat 1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1667 times:


can someone let me know of good perimeter viewing at LAX?

are there any good locations?

what is the lounge like for viewing and do they expect a person to buy a drink every tem minutes for the priveledge of sitting up there?

is there an ideal hotel outside LAX for viewing from rooms?

thanks for the help!

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User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

Yes,,,there are quite a few,,are you renting a car? Bringing a step ladder? Are you tall, eh?.? just a joke there,,,The far east end of 25L, there is a parking lot by the railroad tracks, moving west on Imperial, look for Douglas Dr under the over head FWY,,turn north and there is a parking lot by Fed EX and the cargo area...heading further west,,,look for the old imperial terminal,,,though the fence has been raised, if you are agile,,you can stand on the white abandoned jet blast just next to the fence,,,can see over the fences,,though the pesky airport police who have nothing to do have a tendency to come by and 'question' you,,right when something good is landing... on the old imperial street, it rises up a bit maybe 200ft and you can park and watch 25L action...this is just west of the old imperial terminal,,look behind you and up and you'll probably see others already up there...if you are on wheels, drive to the 24R side and there is a road adjacent to 24R,,,cops don't really bother you here, but they can..I've been there and they seem to drive by and not really hassle you,,it is posted no parking....then move to the east of 24R/L and park in the parking lot right under the thresehold of the 24's...then walk up on the bridge,,can get good 24L/R arrivals...and then on top of the parking structure just west of the Theme building(spider) you can get good angles from there...look at my photo under Singapore Airlines 747-400 night shot..that is taken from the parking garage at night of course...bring good shoes,,,you will be walking alot...oh,,,,from the Southwest gate facing 24L,,,at the right AM , and sun(if it ever shows)angle,,can be a good place,,plus many others....you'll run out of film before you find them all.......

User currently offlineDC-10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

above the restaurant there is an observation deck, the elevator is next to the one for the restaurant, to the left of it. as well if you take the 105 to allthe way to where it ends on imperial hwy, go to the imperial terminal parking lot, it's right off the taxiway

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Two spots that I found pretty good when I spent several hours spotting at LAX last June:

1) The Northwest Cargo parking lot. Heading out from the terminals on Century Blvd, turn right on Aviation Blvd and then right into the Northwest Cargo parking lot, then right towards the runways and park along the fence. This will put you close to runway 25L, one of the runways normally used for arrivals. The airplanes won't have landed yet. There are signs saying loitering is prohibited, but I was there for a couple hours and nobody bothered me, and I wasn't the only photographer there.

Here is a sample photo from this location:

2) Northside Parkway. Heading from the terminals, turn left on Sepulvida Blvd (right if you're coming along Century Blvd from the hotels) and then left onto Lincoln Blvd. Then turn left onto Westchester Parkway, and then left onto Northside Parkway (if you were to turn right there you would be on Loyola Blvd). You can park along the right side of the road along the fence. Once you park, walk back along Northside Parkway. You will see a small grassy area, with a small hill set back several feet from the fence. This will give you a good view of the planes rolling out on 24R. If you have a good zoom lens you might be able to get departures on 24L. I was also not the only photographer there. Several police cars drove by, and nobody bothered us.

Here is a sample photo from this location:

User currently offlineJAAck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

As mentioned, there is an observation deck above the restaurant, but I've found the staff at the restaurant to be pretty accomodating, especially if you're sitting in the bar and not at a table.

Also, the Wyndham hotel at the end of Century is a great place to stay if you want a good view. On either side of the hotel you'll get great shots of aircraft as they land. Even if you're not staying there, there's a sports bar on the top floor that has some terrific views as well.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

I like my planes dirty so all these places are for taking pictures on final. The In and Out good food and 747 in great picture view going over the fence. And then the DHL ramp between the 105 and fence you drive into there employee parking lot (they are fine with it) and stand on your car and take great pictures as wheels touch. If you loko at some of Airnikons photos they are taken from here!

User currently offlineMikey From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

A good place is right by the marriot hottel there is a burger king place there. There is some grassy area with some rocks stand there and you will see some planes on finals for 24R.


Ex LAX, LGB, SNA aviation photographer
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (16 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

My favourite place is a neigbourhood on a hillside right next to the Imperial Highway. I forget the name of the street, but it is right on the border to El Segundo, and offers excellent view of the entire field. Be sure to bring binoculars, as the opposite side of the fields movements are often hard to see, because they are very small.


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