With its congestion and dated facilities, LAX in Los Angeles is widely considered one of the worst airports in the USA to fly from. But why not lighten your experience with plane-watching? The following locations have a spectacular view of aircraft.
At the Westchester In-N-Out Burger, you can watch landing planes while downing a double-double with a side of animal fries. A snapshot of a plane flanked by palm trees with the legendary ‘In-n-Out drive through’ sign in the foreground provides definitive proof that you are near LAX rather than JFK or O’Hare. When you are finished eating, head over to the little park on the opposite side of 92nd Street to get a close-up view of planes taxiing and taking off on the north runway, which begins to the west of the park. The park’s location directly under the north runway landing path allows you to get breathtakingly close to planes descending onto the runway — so bring earplugs.
In-N-Out Burger, 9149 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 800 786-1000
On the south side of Westchester Parkway, just west of the bridge over Lincoln Boulevard (the bridge is marked by a white fence), an overlook from the sidewalk provides the most direct and unobstructed view of the airport’s north runway. Only a stretch of greenery, surprisingly verdant for Los Angeles, separates the vantage point from the runway. A superb visual display of planes taking off, landing and taxiing on the runway rewards those who bring along a digital camera. However, climbing and descending airborne planes are harder to glance. The lack of parking on Westchester Parkway, which forces visitors to park on nearby side streets and walk a distance, is a major drawback to this site, although the great views and lack of crowds somewhat compensate for the inconvenience.
Westchester Parkway, Lincoln Blvd – Colegio Avenue, LA, CA, USA