I'm so jealous you're going to LAX
! (I miss home). Anyways, I have a few suggestions if you're going to be renting a car. The IN
N OUT is definitely my favorite spot of them all, but there are other places that give you good vantage points for seeing the planes, and also the scenery as well. If you're renting a car, ask how to get onto Sepulveda Blvd, and head north on Sepulveda. You then want to make a left onto Westchester PKWY. Then make another left (1st light) onto 92nd St. It kinda curves around a parking structure, and on the left is the entrance to the IN
N OUT. I recommend you park, walk in, order a #1 animal style, then walk outside with your food and sit down by the palm trees. A #1 is a double double and it's amazing. You can also go on top of the structure and have a good look at the north complex.
So, another good site to go to is Imperial Hill. That gives you a lookout of the south complex, with a good backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. Leave the IN
N OUT by making a right (south on Sepulveda) and go under the south runways. Follow signs for the 105 Fwy West (Imperial Hwy). Make a left onto California St, and it snakes to E. Imperial Ave. Make a right. You will head up a slight hill, and at the top you'll see a big flag poll. That is imperial hill and there are nice benches to sit on, and a nice railing to lean against. Once you're done there you can also go do a little driving on a road (I'm not sure you can really stop and loiter around, I haven't been that gutsy yet), but it's worth checking out the maintenance area. Head down the hill going West, make a right on Main St, and then a left onto Imperial Hwy. Make a right onto Pershing Dr, then make a right on World Way. This is a neat drive. Once you're done there, you can either go back towards the IN
N OUT and make a big loop around the airport, or head to the beach to put your feet in the sand with planes flying overhead. It's a really nice loop to do. If you go back to the IN
N OUT, head back towards Pershing Dr, then make a right, and then make another right on Westchester Pkwy. You will be driving parallel to RWY 24R/6L. It's neat to watch. Here's a link to the map of the area. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e....406696&spn=0.032256,0.077248&z=14
Sorry this is like a novel, but I thought I'd give some expertise from a local. Enjoy your trip there!