A travel experience can definitely become a little awful when you’re stuck at the LAX Airport with nothing much to do. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about having an awful travel experience on a LAX layover because its terminals already have different amenities that you can enjoy.
If you know where to go near and inside the airport, you will be able to make the most out of your layover in the City of Angels. There’s no need to worry if you don’t know the ins and outs of the terminals, though. We got your back.
Here are the things that you can do on a layover at LAX Airport:
Explore the city
Do you have more than a few hours during your layover? Then, you should explore the nearest tourist spots around the airport. You can go to:
- Manhattan Beach Pier, which is one of the closest tourist spots in LAX.
- EL Segundo, which is only 3 miles away from the airport and has a wide variety of fantastic local restaurants and bars.
- Venice Beach, which is a great place to enjoy the view of the city and relax while sipping a cold drink.
- Santa Monica Pier, which offers fun carnival games and a huge ferris wheel.
- Beverly Hills, which is where you can find the Walk of Fame.
- Rodeo Drive or The Grove, which has different luxury shops and stores.
- Universal Studios and Disneyland, which are LA's most popular amusement parks.
Grab a bite
There’s a long list of great food joints inside the airport. So, if you’re hungry and want to grab a bite, you can choose from a lot of restaurants at LAX. Here are some of them:
- Terminal 1. Trejos Tacos, Cassell’s, and Urban Market Grab & Go
- Terminal 2. Clobster Grilled Cheese, Slapfish Modern Seafood Shack, Built Custom Burgers, and Pick Up Stix
- Terminal 3. Earthbar, The Parlor Gastropub, Shake Shack, and La Familia
- Terminal 4. Homeboy Cafe, Cole’s, Campanile, and Real Food Daily
- Terminal 5. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market & Bistro, Farmers Market To Go, Ford’s Filling Station, Lemonade, and The Dog Bakery
- Terminal 6. Osteria Restaurant and Point the Way Cafe
- Terminal 7. BOA Steakhouse, Ashland Hill, Loteria Grill, and The MarketPlace by Wolfgang Puck
- Terminal 8. Engine Co. No. 28 Resto and The Corona Bar & Grill
- Tom Bradley International Terminal. Chaya, Ink.Sack, Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar, Vanilla Bake Shop, and Treat Me Sweet
Shop ‘til you drop
LAX Airport is also a perfect spot to shop. It has different luxury shops and gift stores where you can buy souvenirs, travel essentials, luxury items, and more. You will find the following shops at LAX:
- Branded Stores. Gucci, Hermes, Burberry, Bvlgari, Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, and more
- Luxury Watch Shops. Omega, Longines, Zenith, Montblanc, Chopard, and Hublot
- Beauty Brands. Bobbi Brown, Christian Dior, MAC, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, and Chanel
You will also find different sports outlets, surf stores, bookshops, electronic stores, and Hollywood-themed souvenir shops.
Yes, you can use some of the lounges at LAX Airport, even if you’re an economy-class traveler. This airport has a handful of lounges that allow travelers of all classes to enter for a budget-friendly price.
All you need to do is purchase a pass online, use a lounge membership program, or simply pay at the door to access the lounge. Once you’ve paid the amount, you can spend your layover with less noise and great ambiance.
Relax at a spa
Loosen up and relax at some of the great spas around the airport. You can go to Be Relax Spa for affordable facials and mani-pedis. On the other hand, if you want to have a massage or take a shower after a long flight, you can go to XpresSpa instead.
Admire art collections
Do you love art? Then, you should check out the exhibits scattered throughout the airport.
You will find exquisite sculptures and paintings located in Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 1, 2, 6, 7. There’s a FlightPath Museum that exhibits aeronautical history and artifacts, too.
Take a rest and sleep
LAX offers blankets and cots for delayed or stranded passengers when flight cancellations happen. So, all you need to do is find the perfect spot to rest and sleep.
Don’t worry, you can definitely find a good spot around as there are a few couches and benches available for travelers. There are group chairs in Terminals 4 and 7. If you want a quiet spot, you can go to Terminals 1 to 3.