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1. Posted by nexus (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello there
We've got an 8-hour stopover in LA. Any ideas on something interesting and relaxing to do in this time, and how to do it?


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Santa Monica pier is nice. You could kill a few hours there, hanging around on the pier, checking out the beach. Depending on when the 8 hours is, you could catch the sunset, which is nice.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, you weren't real clear on when the 8 hours is (2 Am to 10 AM, I'd say get some sleep), what day (Monday--pretty dead in LA, Friday night--it's party central).

Since it will take you 2 hours to clear security and catch your plane, that leaves 6 hours--since downtown is an hour away--that's out. The airport is on the west side of town near the beach. The only things remotely close-by are Redondo Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Beach/pier/town. Of these you would probably enjoy Venice Beach and Santa Monica the best. Possibly you could drive north to the J Paul Getty Museum--but they will only let you in if you have a ticket and booked ahead (and I don't think going to an art museum is what you want to do with your 6 hours anyway).

I'd say go to Venice Beach or Santa Monica unless it's a Friday or Saturday night--then I'd suggest a nightclub in Redondo Beach or Marina Del Rey.


4. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

When you (or anyone) ask a question like this, it would be helpfull to know where you're from. If you live in a coastal city or an inland city my answers might be different.
If you have never spent time near the ocean, then I think the Santa Monica pier would be the best place to go.(keeping in mind that your stop in L.A. will be very short)
If you know what the ocean looks like, I might recommend taking the train (metro link) to downtown (Union Station) and visiting Olvera Street (tourist trap), and Chinatown. Both within easy walking distance.
If you do that, be sure to go to Phillipes for a sandwich. It is only about three blocks from Olvera Street, and you will always remember it.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You could go and put a few bucks on the ponies at Santa Anita. That's not a bad way to kill a few hours if you like gambling and horses. Plus, the track has historical significance with the whole Seabiscuit thing.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There's a few problems with going to Santa Anita. (1) Santa Anita is about a two hour drive each way from the airport since it's at least 20 miles northeast of downtown in the city of Arcadia (the airport is SW of downtown around 20 miles near the beach--meaning a total distance of 40 miles each way.) (2) Santa Anita only runs (is only open) from December until the end of May or so. In summertime, the action switches to Del Mar near San Diego, and in the fall the horse racing is at Hollywood Park (which is near the airport--and so might be worth going to). (3) The racing only takes place from 12:30 PM until 5:00 PM--and it's approximately 40 minutes between races, so getting there at the exact right time to see a race is difficult if you only have a total of 8 hours.

Like I said, you could go to Hollywood Park Race Track, but there is no connection with Seabiscuit there--the horse won his big races at Santa Anita (P.S. Seabiscuit was actually from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Howard's Ridgewood Ranch that he was trained at is north of San Francisco and still kept as a working ranch. To this day, there is still a plaque on the stall there where Seabiscuit was stabled. For those who are interested there are tours given of the ranch. Contact the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation at 707-459-5992 for information.)


7. Posted by jessianne (Full Member 54 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm actually going to end up spending about 20 hours in LA, and rather than booking a hotel, wanted to find something really cool to do and then sleep on the flight. I'll be arriving at 4pm on a Saturday, then leaving at 11am next morning, I know it sounds nuts, but it'd be great to find a beach/club where I could party for the night and then recover on the plane the next day, something to tell the grandchildren!!

8. Posted by usairgal (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yes, not only is it nuts... but, you may end up being denied back on the next flight. If you appear to be intoxicated the flight crew has the right to have you removed from the flight. If this happens, they do not have to refund your ticket. ( I know this from experience)
Book a cheap hotel... you can still go out all night, but you can take a shower and sobber up before your flight. Plus, you will have a safe place to keep you overnight bag.;)