Los Angeles Journals

LAX Layover

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A travel journal to Los Angeles by Jodeci527

La Quinta Inn and Suites LAX Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
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Big Dean's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cafe on the Beach"

Big Dean's Cafe Photo, Santa Monica, California
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Big Dean's is what I would refer to as a great 'hole in the wall' cafe. Strolling along a few feet away from Muscle Beach, it would be ridiucloulsy easy to pass it by, if you were not paying keen attention. In my case, I didn't see the cafe either, but I did smell the lovely aroma which was wafting through the air. After following my nose, it led me to Big Dean's.Stepping inside, my immediate thought was that the interior seemed like a beer fanatic's dream joint. Literally every surface in the establishment, including the roof was decorated with various beer signs, posters and slogans. Some were flashing neon signs, but the most prominent of all, was a large surfboard with the words Budwei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2011

Big Dean's Cafe
1615 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, California 90401
(310) 393-2666

Santa Monica Pier

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Attraction | "Santa Monica Pier!"

Santa Monica Pier Photo, Santa Monica, California
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The entrance to Santa Monica Pier is extremely hard to miss once you're in the area. The big iconic sign which hangs over the street is visible from quite a distance, alerting visitors that their destination is within close range. Santa Monica Pier is one of the most famous and visited piers within the entire state of California, and I decided to pay a visit during my 24 hour layover in Los Angeles.Immediately after passing under the Santa Monica entrance sign, there is a park area with a few statues and monuments. Large numbers of pigeons choose this space to be their personal hanging out spot, and they are not shy about approaching humans for hand outs. Some little children took joy in r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2011

Santa Monica Pier
Ocean and Colorado Avenues
Santa Monica, California 90401
(310) 458-8900

Getting Around LA

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Story/Tip

LA Traffic Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Most of the greatest cities on earth, have a decent if not extensive public transportation system. One which is easy to understand, simple to use and above all else, affordable. Visitors prefer to spend their hard earned cash on special experiences, fine dining and indulging on shopping sprees. Setting aside a large amount of money for transportation purposes, is never high on anyone's list when planning a perfect vacation or weekend trip.Los Angeles, also known as the City of Angels, is a massive metropolitan area, and one of the greatest cities in the world. However, it's public transportation system is severely lacking. There isn't a proper subway system such as that in New York, nor a ...Read More

La Quinta Inn and Suites LAX

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Hotel | "Layover at LAX"

La Quinta Inn and Suites LAX Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I arrived into LAX International airport after midnight, and I simply wanted to go to sleep. The day before, I confirmed my reservation with the hotel, and they assured me that a shuttle bus would be running outside of the airport to pick me up. After wating for roughly ten minutes, the shuttle bus arrived at the waiting area, and I hopped on.The shuttle served The Holiday Express hotel as well as La Quinta Inn and Suites. There were two other couples riding with me, and since their hotel was closer he dropped them off first. The driver was friendly and courteous, so I was not uncomfortable being alone with him in the bus.He dropped me off at the entrance to my hotel, and after...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2011

La Quinta Inn and Suites LAX
5249 W CENTURY BLVD
Los Angeles, California 90045
310-645-2200

26-Mile Bike Path

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Attraction | "Awesome Bike Ride"

26-Mile Bike Path Photo, Santa Monica, California
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While in Santa Monica, I thought I it would be a great idea to rent a bike and cruise along the bike path from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach. I stepped into a shop called Sea Mist Skate & Bike Rentals, and told the girl at the cashier that I would like to rent a bicycle for an hour. I received a price quote of US $7, which was on the expensive side, but expected seeing that the company was located on one of Los Angeles' most visited beach side towns. I agreed to the fare, and she rattled off the rules and regulations. I would be charged only upon returning the bicycle, and I needed to hand over a government issued ID as security. I didn't have my drivers license on me, and I wasn't...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2011

26-Mile Bike Path

Santa Monica, California