I forgot to add my return trip:
On the return from SFO
, we took off in an easterly direction (using the 1L runway), then turned left, back towards the Pacific (getting a nice view of SFO
as we were making the climbing turn). Then we headed south. Based on what I remember, we went out over the ocean, then made landfall around San Luis Obispo... got to see some oilwells and fields just before hitting the Los Angeles Basin.
Just before landing at LAX
, we went back out over the ocean again, then turned east into LA
, then made a 180 degree turn to the right and flew west for landing at LAX
(which is next to the ocean).
flight was just before Christmas 2001 on AA
, and the SFO
flight was just after New Year's 2002 on UA
I hope this information helps you with your flight planning.