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6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

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6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

we will have 6-8 hours between flights in L.A. we will rent a car at LAX.

First time in this city. what we can see during this time and where to have nice lunch or dinner. may be walk thru Rodeo Drive. but i do not think we will be able to find parking... any suggestions?thanks

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1. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

LA/Beverly Hills is not a place where there is no parking; we have plenty - you just need to pay for it! Most smart phones and GPS's can show you the public parking lots.

Most people with layovers choose a beach town to explore; for example Manhattan Beach or Santa Monica, as both are very close to LAX and give you that Southern California by-the-Pacific vibe, both have nice places to eat and walk around. If you really want to go to Rodeo Drive, that would work, too, but the high end shopping there can be found in almost any major city.

When you decide on where you'd like to spend your layover time, we can probably help with restaurants. Or check yelp.com

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2. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

Parking in the Rodeo Drive area would not be a problem, but as the previous poster mentioned, there will be some small charges most likely - street parking tends to be hard to find, is usually metered, and the good folks in the Beverly Hills parking enforcement division are tenacious. If you look at Google Maps, you'll see a series of 5-6 public parking structures between Santa Monica Blvd. and South Santa Monica Blvd., spanning from Roxburry Drive up to Beverly Drive. All of these are walkable to Rodeo Drive, though parking here is metered. There are also a couple of larger parking structures in the area, for instance there is a large underground structure that you can enter on either Beverly Drive or Canon Drive, just south of S. Santa Monica Blvd.

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3. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

For that short period of time why need to rent a car? Just take taxis. You'll save lots of time as car rental places in LAX are off site, meaning you'll have to take a shuttle to an off site office to rent your car, wasting lots of valuable time. With taxi you don't have to worry about parking.

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4. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

Definitely just take cabs. I would suggest you stay closer to LAX as you will have to go through security again and that can take over an hour for domestic flights. If you are on an international flight you need a minimum of 2 hours. A lot of people go to Santa Monica, 3rd street Promenade, Santa Monica Place and if you want something like Rodeo Drive, Montana Avenue. Also a lot of people go to Manhattan Beach, a shorter cab ride. You could base yourself near the pier and check out all the nice restaurants and shops at the beach or check out Manhattan Beach Blvd as well. You could also probably spend time at Manhattan Village shops and restaurants. This is a straight shot down Sepulveda from LAX.

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5. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

i was thinking about taxi. but it is four of us. taxi will not take all of us. and if i consider taxi what can i do to see the best of the city and have a nice place to eat. we want it to make memorable before our trip to Australia. ( it will be a long flight) and we want to see or do maximum in this short time. i know, it's very short time, so please help us to see the most. thanks a lot

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6. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

Starline Tours does a layover city tour from the LAX area. I would take a look at that.

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7. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

Will your luggage be checked through? If you have to carry your luggage with you that can be a problem. But still you'd wasting lots of time renting and then returning your rental. So you'll end up having no more than 4 hours.

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8. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

4 people can be seated in a standard cab - 1 will need to ride in the front seat with the driver or you might be able to request a minivan. We request minivan pick-ups for our family of 4 all the time because of the amount of luggage. When at the airport, we ask for a minivan at the taxi stand.

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9. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

What will you do with the luggage?

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10. Re: 6-8 hours in L.A. in april.

We travel with 5 and request a taxi van when we get to the head of the line, just outside baggage claim. Only takes a few minutes for one to arrive, or the dispatcher calls for one.