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Airport Insider// Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles World Airports

Ogle the Theme Building with its 135-foot arches.

Airport Code: LAX
Number of terminals: 8
Miles from downtown: 18

Los Angeles International Airport has all of the bells and whistles befitting its status as the gateway to Tinseltown. Ogle the Theme Building with its 135-foot arches, or gawk at the jets flying overhead from Jet Set restaurant’s just-reopened observation deck.

Comfort Zone // After you check in at Delta’s Terminal 5, wander through the spacious concourse en route to Creative Croissants for a pastry and coffee. Stop at Marvin’s Shoe Shine for a quick polish before grabbing a pizza at the California Pizza Kitchen and a beer at Malibu Al’s Beach Bar. Other dining options include Mexican favorite El Cholo Cantina and Euro Coffee, where you can grab a Häagen-Dazs bar.

LA Moment // Peruse the wares at the I Love L.A. boutique with its City of Angels-branded merchandise and stock up on homegrown See’s Candies (try the peanut brittle and Toffee-ettes).

Insider Tip // There’s a Samsung mobile charging station near Gate 51B as well as others at the end of the concourse near Gate 59.

For Your Pet // A small pet park near Terminals 7-8 is outfitted with a dog house and a stand with plastic bags.

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