About Los Angeles International Airport
One of the busiest airports on the planet, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) offers over 700 daily nonstop flights to 100 destinations within the United States, as well as over 1,300 weekly nonstop flights to 80+ cities around the world. Layovers here are common, but far from a hardship; in addition to the exceptionally fine shopping, dining, and art exhibitions available on site, travellers can enjoy all the advantages of the airport’s west coast location. Once you’ve reached beautiful Manhattan Beach (only five miles from LAX) or Venice Beach (a little over seven miles), you may to be tempted to postpone that connecting flight and spend the night in one of many excellent hotels near the airport instead.
If You Have an Hour or Two in LAX
Los Angeles is famous for its original restaurants, many of which now have satellite locations at LAX, including James Beach, Cassell’s Hamburgers, Angel City Brewery, Cole’s, and The Vanilla Bakeshop. The airport also offers a slate of fine and casual dining restaurants run by television’s Top Chefs, and an extensive selection of grab-and-go eateries. When in doubt, stick with the locals’ tradition: go to the In-N-Out for a Double-Double Animal Style, and sit at an outdoor table to watch the airplanes taking off. Afterward, head to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) for its upscale shopping mall and the DFS Duty Free Boutique, where you will find luxury brands such as Hermes, Gucci, and Burberry. If a shopping spree isn’t in the cards, check out the cool vintage planes at the Flight Path Museum, or take a self-guided art tour. There are 11 exhibition spaces throughout the terminals at LAX, all showcasing superb local or regional artists.
If You Have More Than a Couple Hours
A longer layover in LAX is a terrific opportunity to check out the excellent attractions within a short drive of the airport. You are spoiled for choice in beautiful beaches; the perfect waves at Manhattan Beach and the lively boardwalk at Venice Beach are both within ten miles of the airport, as are the quieter shores and picturesque harbour of Marina Del Rey. Another excellent spot to stretch your legs after a long flight, the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is just over seven miles from the airport; here you will find hiking trails with spectacular views of the city, as well as a serene Japanese garden. If you’ve got enough time for a 30-minute commute, head straight for the Santa Monica Pier and line up for a ride on the Ferris wheel in Pacific Park.
Where to Sleep Near LAX
Just looking for a place to crash before an early morning flight or after a late-night arrival? The Los Angeles Airport is within a mile of many well-reviewed, mid-range hotels, most of which offer a 24-hour shuttle. If you want to stay nearby but in more upscale surroundings, look no further than the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport; this luxurious property is less than a block away from the terminals. While LAX does not have any full-service hotels directly on site, very well-heeled travellers may choose to spend their pre-flight hours at The Private Suite, a private terminal complete with a private TSA screening area and luxurious studio suites.