LAX, Los Angeles International Airport is the second busiest airport in the U.S. With its position on the west coast, it’s a primary gateway to Asia, Australia, and the Pacific region.
LAX is constantly known for being one of the worst airports in the world. With constant traffic, construction, and the layout of the terminals, LAX can be a pain to connect in. A layover here might seem chaotic and a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. LAX has plenty of terminals filled with shopping and restaurants, many travelers have access to other terminals without even realizing it. LAX is even close to some major tourist attractions. Long layovers can easily be an opportunity to get a taste of LA without being far from the airport. Here are some sights in each terminal and my tips for surviving a layover at LAX.
This terminal is currently getting a billion-dollar renovation for American Airlines and it is home to 17 shops and restaurants plus an Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge. Many passengers pass through here as a crossing point for Tom Bradley and the south complex for the airport.
Terminal 5 was given a multi-million dollar renovation and is home to 19 shops, bars, and eateries including Rock and Brews and Skewers by Morimoto. For American Airlines passengers, there is another Admirals Club here.
The center of this terminal is themed after Sunset Boulevard and houses more than 20 restaurants and retail options, including the only Habit Burger in the airport! This terminal is also home to an Alaska Airlines lounge.
Terminals 7 and 8
Home to the hub of United Airlines, this complex received a half a billion-dollar renovation with an ultra-sleek and modern design. Plenty of options for shopping and eating with keep you occupied if you’re sitting at the airport for a while. United operates two lounges here, including a brand new Polaris lounge.