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Old Sep 6, 18, 4:58 am
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LAX lay over

Next week, I have 8 hours lay over at LAX coming from HND going to LHR. I'm on AA. So what do I do with my 8 hours. Don't really want to sit in FS lounge for that time if I can avoid it.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 7:52 am
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Grab a rental car and head down to Manhattan Beach. Much less crowded and touristy than Santa Monica or Venice Beach and closer to LAX anyways.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 9:45 am
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As suggested in the other thread this is not a one sized fits all situation.

Is this:
Solo travel/couple/family/friends?
Have you been to LA before?
What generally interests you in a city?
Is this layover to be done on a budget or are you looking to splurge a bit if you find an activity you like?

LA traffic can be quite a nightmare so plan accordingly to either allow plenty of time to get to the airport on the return or plan activities so that your last one is closest to the airport.

Originally Posted by Bryan Murphy View Post
Next week, I have 8 hours lay over at LAX coming from HND going to LHR. I'm on AA. So what do I do with my 8 hours. Don't really want to sit in FS lounge for that time if I can avoid it.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by Yoshi212 View Post
As suggested in the other thread this is not a one sized fits all situation.

Is this:
Solo travel/couple/family/friends?
Have you been to LA before?
What generally interests you in a city?
Is this layover to be done on a budget or are you looking to splurge a bit if you find an activity you like?

LA traffic can be quite a nightmare so plan accordingly to either allow plenty of time to get to the airport on the return or plan activities so that your last one is closest to the airport.
Opps. My bad.
Just me.
Oh yeah. Many times but timing did not work out between flights this time. Usually just couple of hours in lounge. Not this time
Interests in LA. Good question. To kill time, I suppose. But one thing. I have never been on a bus in LA. lol
Luckily, i don't have to do budget.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 10:25 am
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The FlyAway bus is a good cheap(er) way to get from the airport but since you're not doing this trip on a budget I'd suggest Uber/Taxi back from whatever you decide to do.

-Clear Immigration & Customs with any baggage recheck
-Maybe a stop by the lounge, if you have access, for a shower which requires reclearing security.
-Many people love In-N-Out burger. It's a cheap but good for its quality fast food option, but I'd suggest heading to Santa Monica for some fish tacos instead and hit the pier for some touristy amusement.
-I find the walk of fame to be just a crowded mess of people and it smells like pee
-The Griffith Observatory is a beautiful location and good spot to visit.
-Rodeo drive is flashy and if you want to pickup something nice it has plenty of it but if you're not shopping I'd avoid it. The Third Street Promenade is a good alternative and is in Santa Monica
-La Brea tar pits & Art Museum are next to each other making it convenient.
-If you enjoy architecture there is the Greystone Mansion.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Yoshi212 View Post
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-I find the walk of fame to be just a crowded mess of people and it smells like pee
I tell that (more or less) to everybody who comes to visit. Nonetheless they all need to see Hollywood and Vine, and they all come back and say "yeah, you were right"
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Old Sep 10, 18, 12:00 pm
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-La Brea tar pits & Art Museum are next to each other making it convenient.
And the Petersen Auto Museum.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 11:32 pm
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Walk to In N Out? Eat a 4x2 with extra whole grilled onion as the heavies land?

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Old Sep 11, 18, 11:53 pm
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Thanks everyone. A friend says he will be staying home from work, since he "feels" a bad cold coming on the day I'm in town.
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Last time I went to La Brea tar pits, I walked what seemed like miles there from the Chinese Theatre and back along Wilshire to a Metro station and saw one bus the whole time (weekday)!

If you do go to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (agree that it's a touristy pile of <deleted by moderator> that once you see, you'll never want to visit again), it's nice to walk down Hollywood? and go to In N' Out down there across from the high school.
Suppose it's handy having the Metro station right there rather than having to walk quite a few blocks from the Flyaway bus stop.

Non-exciting hour each way on the Metro from Union Station to Santa Monica although cheaper and more direct on the Big Blue bus from somewhere near the airport.

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Old Oct 1, 18, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by xenole View Post
Last time I went to La Brea tar pits, I walked what seemed like miles there from the Chinese Theatre and back along Wilshire to a Metro station and saw one bus the whole time (weekday)!
It is a long way to walk. About 4.5 miles, and takes a good deal of time (since jay walking is a capital crime in Los Angeles, you are constantly waiting for lights to change at intersections).

You just got unlucky on the buses. L.A. has one of the largest bus fleets in the U.S., but you have to be on the right north-south major street to catch them in that part of the city. For example major north-south thoroughfares Highland and La Brea are only about 300 yards apart, but I don't believe buses run on Highland at all. Once on Wilshire, you should see a bus every 8-10 minutes.
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Old Oct 6, 18, 2:02 pm
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In-N-Out is NOT worth going out of your way for, IMO. It's a decent, above average fast-food burger; the place is open late (usually till 1:00 or 1:30 AM), so handy for late-night food cravings. It is NOT a "beefy" pub- or burger-joint burger. Beef flavor is mild to almost nonexistent, frankly. Menu is very limited. There, you've been warned!
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Old Dec 31, 18, 9:45 pm
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Tar Pits?

I have never made it to La Brea Tar Pits. I understand the museum will be closed tomorrow (1/1/19), but are the grounds open? Can you see & smell the bubbling gooey mess even if the museum is closed? Ok, so you can probably smell it from blocks away, but can you visit on a museum holiday?
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Old Dec 31, 18, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by scoow View Post
I have never made it to La Brea Tar Pits. I understand the museum will be closed tomorrow (1/1/19), but are the grounds open? Can you see & smell the bubbling gooey mess even if the museum is closed? Ok, so you can probably smell it from blocks away, but can you visit on a museum holiday?
The actual tar pits are in the park which is open 365 days a year,
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