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LAX Gateway Pylons - a public art display near LAX,  the columns of light greet arriving aircraft to LAX. [Photo Credit: Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau] LAX Gateway Pylons greet arriving aircraft

Due to the size of Los Angeles International Airport, and the distance from interesting tourist destinations, most of these activities are appropriate only if you have a layover of at least four hours.

Be sure to allow an extra hour in your planning to get through security and check-in when you return to the airport for domestic flights, and up to two hours for international flights. Times listed below are approximate. Do not rely on these estimates for precise timing.

LAX Layover Tips - Transportation and other issues related to leaving LAX for a layover getaway. Suggestions on where to go.


Shopping Malls and Shopping Districts - There are many shopping malls and shopping districts within reach of LAX. This list includes malls such as the Beverly Center and Del Amo Mall, and shopping districts such as The Grove, Third Street Promenade, Rodeo Drive, and Robertson Boulevard.

Travel Time (each direction): 15-120 minutes (various routes)
Duration: As much time as you need to shop
Route: Various


Beaches near LAX - When you think of Los Angeles, one image that comes to mind is that of the Pacific Ocean. That's why a visit the beach is a popular destination during an extended layover at LAX. Follow the link to find out how to get to Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach.

Travel Time (each direction): 30-90 minutes (various routes)
Duration: At least one hour
Route: Various


LA City Guided Tour - The tour company will pick you up at LAX. You can bring your luggage with you on the tour van, if needed. Your flight will need to arrive at least an hour before tour pickup in order to get to the van in time (two hours for international flights). Your flight should leave an hour or more after the tour is scheduled to end. International flights need to allow even more time before and after the tour for security and walking through the terminal. This is a complete 5.5-hour LA City Tour including Los Angeles, Hollywood, movie star homes and beaches. If your flight does not arrive in time to take this tour, then consider going to Hollywood (see below), where you can catch one of many guided tours that depart from Hollywood Boulevard.

Travel Time (each direction): None
Duration: 9:00AM until 5-to-5:30PM
Route: Van pickup at airport


Downtown Los Angeles - Visit Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Performing Arts Center (the Music Center), Olvera Street, Chinatown, Grand Park, L.A. City Hall, Shopping Districts, the L.A. Fashion District and many more attractions in downtown Los Angeles.

Travel Time (each direction): 30-60 minutes
Duration: At least one hour if you will only visit Olveras Street and Chinatown. You will need more time if you venture far from Union Station.
Route: FlyAway Union Station shuttle from the terminal at LAX to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. From there, you can take Metro buses and trains to various points throughout the city.


Hollywood - There are many activities near the Hollywood and Highland Metro Red Line train station. You can take pictures of the Hollywood Sign, and browse the Hollywood Walk of Fame (stars on the sidewalk) to find your favorite celebrities. Match footprints with John Wayne and many other famous actors in the cement courtyard of the Chinese Theatre. You can visit Madame Tussaud's wax showcase of celebrities, or one of the many other museums on Hollywood Boulevard. Or just sit at a restaurant in the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, eating lunch in view of the Hollywood Sign.

Travel Time (each direction): 60-90 minutes
Duration: At least one hour to walk around Hollywood Boulevard, plus time to visit attractions as desired.
Route: FlyAway Union Station shuttle from the terminal at LAX to Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street. To get to Hollywood and Highland, you can either take the Red Line train, cross the street and take a bus, or just walk (about 1 mile) and take in the sites along the way.


Farmers Market / Grove Shopping District - The Original Farmers Market is an outdoor market, yet it is mostly covered to shade you from the sun. You'll find numerous stands offering fresh fruit, produce, seafood, ice cream, pizza, burgers, wines, cheeses, gourmet foods, as well as gift shops. Nearby, the Grove is an outdoor shopping district featuring high-end stores and restaurants, a theater, live performances. There is a free trolley that connects Farmers Market and The Grove, although it is a novelty. It's much faster to simply walk from one to the other in about 30 seconds. Either of the two would be a great location for lunch. Farmers Market dining mostly involves buying the food at a counter or stand, and then sitting at a picnic table. The Grove features full-service and higher-end restaurants.

Travel Time (each direction): 60-90 minutes
Duration: At least one hour
Route: Lot C Shuttle to Metro Bus 439b to Metro Bus 217 to Farmers Market (Fairfax Ave and 3rd St).


Encounter Restaurant - the dome-shaped restaurant that is synonymous with Los Angeles International airport closed at the end of 2013. However there are plenty of restaurants, walk-up food stands and other options for food and beverages within the terminal buildings at LAX.


Sony Pictures Studios Tour - Sony Studios is one of the world's most famous studio lots, this walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio. Tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 1:30PM and 2:30PM. Call for availability and reservations.

Travel Time (each direction): 60-90 minutes
Duration: Two hours.
Route: Lot C Shuttle to Santa Monica Bus 3 to Lincoln Bl / Washington Blvd. Transfer (get coupon) to Culver City bus #1 to Washington Blvd / Madison Av.


Theme Parks - No theme parks are near LAX, and the nature of this type of attraction requires quite a bit of time for a layover. But if you have the time, you can visit theme park like Disneyland, Universal Studios or Knott's Berry Farm.

Travel Time (each direction): 60-180 minutes (various routes)
Duration: Several hours
Route: Various


Portrait of Jeanne Kefer by Fernand Khnopff at the Getty Center museum in Los Angeles. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Portrait of Jeanne Kefer (Fernand Khnopff)

Getty Center - The world-renowned art museum, featuring works of art by major artists like Corot, Monet, Pissarro, da Vinci, Van Gogh and many more! The gardens offer a nice view of Los Angeles. There is a cafe and a restaurant on the premises, so you can spend several hours at the Getty Center.

Travel Time (each direction): 90-120 minutes
Duration: At least two hours
Route: FlyAway Westwood bus to various bus routes (see details)
 


Museum Row on Miracle Mile - Four museums are located within a span of one city block: LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits, Petersen's Automotive Museum and California Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). All are all within a 5-minute walking distance from a single bus stop at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. You can also walk through Hancock Park, where LACMA and Page Museum are located. Hancock Park features open tar pits (don't worry, they are protected by fences!) and other exhibits that you can view for free. LACMA offers free outdoor art exhibits, such as the Urban Light lamppost exhibit and sculptures by Rodin.

Travel Time (each direction): 60-90 minutes
Duration: At least one hour to walk around, if you don't go inside any of the museums. Allow at least two hours to appreciate LACMA. It will take around an hour to visit either Page Museum or Petersen's Auto Museum. CAFAM can occupy 30-60 minutes.
Route: FlyAway Westwood bus to Wilshire Blvd / Gayley Ave. Then take Metro Rapid Line 720 to Fairfax Ave / Wilshire Blvd.


Hollywood Park Racetrack & Casino - Features a horse racing track and a casino with card games. It is in Ingelwood, which is not very close to Hollywood.

Travel Time (each direction): 30-60 minutes
Duration: At least one hour. The horse racing schedule is seasonal. Check their website for details.
Route: Lot G Shuttle to Metro Rail Green Line train to Metro Local Line 212
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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