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LAX - 4-hour layover - any suggestions other than people watching?

Sep 1st, 2009, 07:24 PM
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LAX - 4-hour layover - any suggestions other than people watching?

On Saturday, Sept 19 I will have a 4-hour layover at LAX (have not been there before); I love people watching, so it's not that I really need anything specific to do, but thought I would ask if there is anything at the airport that I could/should check out, or maybe just a suggestion for a cafe or restaurant/bar. Thanks!
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Sep 1st, 2009, 07:34 PM
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Not sure which terminal you will be in, but there are shops and cafes restaurants in all terminals. 4 hours won't be 4 hours, the time is from the touch down of wheels so you are probably looking at just a couple of hours if that if flights are delayed.

Just bring a book and get comfortable.
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Sep 1st, 2009, 08:46 PM
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I always wanted to visit the Jetson's looking building at LAX, which is apparently a bar and restaurant called "Encounter." http://www.encounterlax.com/ The website is pretty bizarre, with some interesting music. The building was designed in 1961 for Walt Disney Imagineering.
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Sep 1st, 2009, 10:57 PM
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One problem w/ Encounter is it being landside, you have to go back through security. But then you would if you are changing terminals too.
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Sep 1st, 2009, 11:36 PM
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we did the encounter thing a few years ago. Had a lovely early dinner and a couple of drinks. Nicer than staying in the terminal, if memory serves correct we jumped on a shuttle bus to get there.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:12 AM
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InNOut has a location 7 minutes north of LAX on El Segundo. You can grab a cab and enjoy California's greatest contribution to current cuisine.

On the risk side - LA is not a cab city and you could be challenged returning to the terminal.

Encounter LAX is a saner suggestion.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:57 AM
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There is an In-N-Out burger just outside of the airport. I live in the midwest and we don't have it here but I love to get it when I go to California or AZ.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:20 AM
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With 4 hours between flights I don't think I'd leave the airport, but I get nervous about missing flights.

Encounter is a good idea, also the International Terminal (TBIT) allows anyone to enter. For the domestic terminals you need a ticket. If you are changing terminals you may want to check out the shops and cafes in the arrival terminal before exiting. There are a number of sit down restaurants and bars but

Here are the restaurants at LAX, you can sort them by terminal.

http://lawa.org/tenantLAXResult.aspx...&sindicator=qs
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:40 AM
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All: thank you for all the suggestions! I won't need to go to In-n-Out because my final destination of St. George, Utah, has one! And I do agree I shouldn't leave the airport. Encounter sounds like it would be fun, and the restaurant list is great! I'll have to find out which terminal I'll be in. Will definitely have a book or two along, so can always make myself comfortable somewhere in the proximity of my next gate. Thanks again!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:25 AM
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Hi travlsolo, if you find you have a couple of free hours, Enounter is fun and the food has always been good when I have been there. But if not, a good book is always a great way to pass the time, I never travel without one.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:53 PM
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If you have never been to LAX, beware of the donation seekers disguised as airport courtesy clerks outside each exit door. They appear to be airport employees ready to direct you to your proper bus but instead are collecting for, I believe, some religious organization.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
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I would do 'The Encounter' restaurant at LAX..it's the famous landmark looking thing..no way would I leave LAX..too many variables to have things happen..

www.encounterlax.com
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:47 PM
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LoveItaly - I checked; I'll be in Terminal 5, so assume I can take a shuttle to Encounter. Will do that if it looks like I have enough time; otherwise the good book thing. I'm never without one either. BTW, I love Italy, too.
Ronda - thanks for the heads up about the donation seekers!
kailani, mlgb and ksucat - thanks for the websites!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:10 PM
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I think you just walk to Encounter, it's pretty close to T5 and in the middle of the terminal complex. You can't miss it.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:23 PM
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Just walk to Encounter. The only terminal that's far enough to consider waiting for the shuttle is Tom Bradley International, and I'd probably still walk from there.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:01 PM
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yes - definitely walk

No need to wait for a shuttle . . .
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:10 PM
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Oh, yes I have always walked to Encounter, travlsolo. I didn't even know they had a shuttle. You can't miss it, it sticks up in the sky. Enjoy if it works out for you.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:36 AM
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Alrighty then -- will walk!
Thanks again!
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