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Desert hills outlets to LAX

Hi

The end of April, I'm going to visit LA for a week. I'm planning to go desert hills premium outlets. I probably will stay in Hollywood, and I know from Hollywood to desert hills outlet is about one and half hours( please correct me if I'm wrong)

I'm thinking to go outlet before we heading to LAX ( my flight is at 8:40 pm ). Is it a good plan I go to outlet the last day of the trip? I'm leaving on Tuesday, assuming the traffic won't be too bad on Tuesday. I only rent the car for going to outlet, is it worthy? Does prada in desert hills worth checking?

Thank you

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1. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

I never want to be that far from an airport when I'm traveling. So much can go wrong anywhere between the desert and the airport, especially when it comes to traffic. Can you do your outlet day the day before you travel?

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2. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

Probably will change to the last second day.

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3. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

For sure you do not want to drive from Desert Hills to LAX on the last day. That is a 2 hour drive with no traffic. Instead, you're going to be driving to the eastern edge of LA, then the entire way across our huge city until you reach the very west end of the city. And unless you get to LAX before 3 or 4PM, you're going to be doing most of that drive through LA during the heart of weekday rush hour, which is no fun at all and will greatly increase the amount of time that it takes.

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4. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

Hi. Having just visited these Outlets in March as they were reasonably close to our hotel in Rancho Mirage, in the Palm Desert, I would honestly say "don't bother". I am used to outlet shopping in Florida and these shops were absolutely nothing compared to florida. Parking was horrendous as the so called car park is in the middle of the shops area square.These shops are quite small and do not hold the same stock as the bigger outlets.

We wish we hadn't bothered. Personally, having been to LA also - I suggest you stick to the Mall shopping.

Just my honest opinion - not wishing to offend folk who like these shops.

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5. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

There are 3 sections with parking at all three and all in the back area of the outlets. I would hate to cut it close my last day before a flight. However, we don't spend more than a few hours there as we have our stores mapped out and head right to them. If you did drive out first thing in the morning it would only be an hour and a half drive.

If you left by two to come to LAX it would be a 2 hour drive before rush hour. Have dinner in Manhattan Beach a few miles south of the airport. The Kettle is a nice family style restaurant up from the beach. Return your car and be rested before your 8:40 PM flight.

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6. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

Weekday or weekend? Weekday, you could hit heavy traffic eitehr way. What about outlets in Camarillo? I've been to the outlets in Cabazon. Frankly, I found better deals on the sales racks at Macy's.

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7. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

I would not do the outlets the same day as I was leaving as assuming that MJH is speaking of the Premium Outlets in Orlando (Vineland and International Dr) I disagree, the Orlando outlets might have more stores, but not necessarily bigger.... and in any case, I am not sure how Orlando's being "better" would help you anyway.... it isn't like you can choose them instead.

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8. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

If it were me, I'd go to Camarillo Premium Outlets in the city of Camarillo (northwest of Hollywood). Here's why:

1. Camarillo is much closer to Hollywood than Cabazon (where Desert Hills is):

a. Desert Hills is 95 miles from Hollywood (a drive of about 1 hour, 45 minutes WITHOUT TRAFFIC).

b. Camarillo is about 48 miles from Hollywood (a drive of about 52 minutes).

2. Camarillo is closer to LAX than Cabazon and you're not driving across the center of Los Angeles during this drive:

a. Desert Hills is a little over 100 miles from LAX (a drive of about 1 hour, 50 minutes WITHOUT TRAFFIC).

b. Camarillo is about 55 miles from LAX (a drive of about an hour WITHOUT TRAFFIC).

So, you'll be saving AT LEAST 2 hours of driving time if you go to Camarillo.

If you're specifically interested in Prada, be aware that Prada does not have a store at Camarillo; HOWEVER, Prada is carried by a number of the outlet shops at Camarillo, e.g. Barney's NY, Saks 5th Av Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

Before heading to the outlets, howevrer, explore the mini-outlet mall known as the Beverly Connection which is about 20 minutes from Central Hollywood. The mall is on La Cienega Bl between Beverly Bl & 3rd St. Here's a driving map from the center of Hollywood to the Beverly Connection:

http://mapq.st/11HInIA

Across the street from the Beverly Connection is the Beverly Center (upmarket) mall which has a large Macy's Dept store (plus dozens and dozens of shops). The Macy's is always having sales and, if you present your passport, you'll get a 10% discount off all of your purchases (including sale items).

Just to the south of the Beverly Center, on La Cienega Bl but south of 3rd St is a Loehmann's. Loehmann's had the first outlet store in the U.S. (in NY, 50+ years ago). Do not miss visiting Loehmann's.

If you're after shoes, there is an enormous store warehouse near central Hollywood (a full block long). It's call "Off Broadway Shoes" and it's at 6920 W. Sunset Bl. Here's a map from central Hollywood to the warehouse: http://mapq.st/14lYvzQ

Depending on where you're staying, you might be able to walk to the warehouse.

Happy shopping!

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9. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

I have been to both the Camarillo and the combination of the Cabazon/Desert Hills Outlets, and my choice is the Cabazon option, in fact, headed there this weekend...

http://www.cabazonoutlets.com/

http://www.cabazonoutlets.com/

The main reason for my choice of the Cabazon area is the fact that they have nicer and better "higher" end stores.

If you head "east", there is the Morongo Casino nearby, the Hadley Fruit Orchids and its date shakes, plus the Cabazon Dinosaurs...

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10. Re: Desert hills outlets to LAX

Oops, bad links, the first one is correct...

Here is the Desert Hills Outlet link...

www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp…

And here are the links to the other things I mentioned...

http://cabazondinosaurs.com

http://www.hadleyfruitorchards.com/

http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/