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What to Do around The Westin Los Angeles Airport

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Landing in LA, there are a few directions to head straight away to experience some of the best that the city has to offer. From the South Bay to the Westside to Culver City and even Inglewood, there are spots to hit without having to drive into the heart of Hollywood.
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Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Playa del Rey is a beach city in the heart of Los Angeles where my husband and I often take evening strolls.These beach houses face the chilly Pacific and add a colorful backdrop against the dark brown sand.
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5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Since 1973, the Craft and Folk Art Museum has fostered relationships between local artists and their community of visitors. Their exhibits showcase unexpected works created using classic and imaginative techniques. Unlike traditional galleries,...
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4375 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
A sandy, flower-lined trail winds from just south of Washington Avenue, in Venice, along a little-known saltwater estuary, usually teeming with ducks and white herons. The peaceful 2.4 mile loop is great for running. Or, you can simply take in the...
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3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
K. C. Cole, a science writer for theLos Angeles Times, curates this occasional series of Sunday evening talks and conversations “dedicated to exploring the common ground of art, science, politics, and what not.” The venue, the Santa Monica Art...
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9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
I've never been so weirded out or delighted by a museum before. This hidden gem calls itself "an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic"—which is to say, nothing and...
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Venice Fishing Pier, Los Angeles, CA 90292, USA
We wandered up Washington, past all the cafes and restaurants, until we hit the beach. And then, the pier. The Venice Fishing Pier dashes straight out into the ocean, cutting its way between brilliant blue waves—surfers on one side, the...
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8 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
During an afternoon exploring the Venice Beach Area I was delighted at all the murals that were hiding around every corner. This urban art creates a public gallery of cement walls and encourages a closer look down alleys and around corners.
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919 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
Just off the Manhattan Beach Strand there is a small nook tucked in between boutique stores called Paradise Bowls. They serve one of the best Acai Bowls in town with some exotic flavors like Goji berries and other spices. You can grab your healthy...
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14045 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
You can rent a paddle board or kayak at this location, conveniently nestled by the calm waters of Mother’s Beach, about 15 minutes from LAX, in Marina Del Rey. If you’re feeling collegiate, take a lesson in a Whitehall Spirit Boat—a specially...
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6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
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13717 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Spend a day at the beach in Venice or Santa Monica and you are sure to see a bright yellow happy face floating across the blue sky. What you won’t see are the happy faces of those under it who are undoubtedly enjoying the serene experience of...
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4129001902, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Biking the boardwalk is the best way to experience the beaches and coastline of L.A. Rent a bike in the middle at Dockweiler Beach and either go the 10 miles north through Marina Del Rey, Venice, and the Santa Monica Pier (or keep going to Malibu)...
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805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301, USA
Randy’s massive donut sign atop the roof of its drive-thru and walk-up bakery has been an L.A. landmark since it opened in 1953. It even reached celebrity status and was featured in films, including Iron Man 2 and Mars Attacks! While the giant...
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6661 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
If you're picking someone up at LAX, go a bit early and head to the Flight Path Museum along the south runways of LAX on the Imperial Highway. This hidden spot is a treasure for aviation enthusiasts with exhibits that include fascinating photos of...
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Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
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12601 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Beneath the path of planes taking off from LAX is an oceanfront runway for beginner hang gliders to get some air of their own. Sign up for a full (seven flights for $140) or half lesson (four flights for $85) with Windsports, which has been...
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6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
Culver City’s industrial façade is a hard shell to a neighborhood that beats with a creative pulse. Over 35 galleries line the intersection of La Cienega and Washington Boulevards just under the 10 freeway. Unlikely neighbors of auto repair shops,...
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200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food, ice...
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1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Grab your skateboard and head over to the Venice Skate Park overlooking the Santa Monica Bay for a fun day of skateboarding. No worries if you don't skate. Spectators are very welcome. You'll have an equally great time standing at the rail...