March 30, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips- Los Angeles

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Photo courtesy of Tracy Kahn

Los Angeles is this week’s stop on our travels throughout the BlueCity network. With three airports to choose from in the surrounding area- LAX, Long Beach, and Burbank- there are plenty of ways to get to the “City of Angels” on JetBlue. Ground Operations Crewmember, Stephen, points out that the Long Beach Airport has appeared in such hits as television’s The A Team as well the hilarious movie Airplane.

L.A. is diverse just about any way you cut it. This sprawling city houses more than six million and boasts some of the most varying landscape of anywhere in the world- beaches, mountains, desert, strip malls, and high rises- all within an hour’s drive. Home to the famous Hollywood Hills and other star-studded areas, such as Melrose and Malibu (and nearby neighbor Burbank, now dubbed the “media district” with “lots of famous places and people,”  Airports Supervisor, Henry, points out) this town is one where dreams are made and broken (with lots of good eats in between!).

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“My beautiful city has WAYYYY more to offer than than plastic surgery and silicone lips!” touts Inflight Crewmember Abel.  For the best burger in town, Abel says to hit up the world famous In-N-Out Burger.  They are located throughout the city and there is even one near LAX on Sepulveda Blvd (and key to the experience is to look over the secret menu for advance burger planning). And before you even leave LAX, A320 Captain, Hank, recommends Proud Bird restaurant next to runway 25L on Aviation Blvd. “They have good food, amazing pictures on the walls and you can check out the airplanes on the ground,” he says.

Customer Support Crewmember, Lisa, suggests you take the Big Blue Bus from LAX into Santa Monica to the Promenade or Santa Monica Pier, a must-stop for first-time visitors. “This is a great area to shop, eat, play on the beach, ride rides on the pier and watch the street performers,” Lisa relays.

If you jet into Long Beach, Inflight Crewmember Teresa recommends renting a bicycle from one of the hotels near the airport and riding down to the Long Beach Town Center, where you’ll find a variety of dining options. Teresa also points out the nail salon in Lakewood Plaza is the best place to get a mani/pedi. “I know, I’ve tried everybody,” she asserts.

Organizational Effectiveness Crewmember, Beth, recommends buying a Southern California City Pass, which includes discounted access to five great attractions in Southern California. “Even if you do not use the passes to drive to San Diego for Sea World or the zoo, the value for Disneyland and Universal Studios make it a must-buy.”

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Airports Supervisor, Laurie, suggests you check out The Getty Villa in Malibu (on Hwy 1 or also known as Pacific Coast Highway) for a beautiful view of the ocean and an expansive Greek artifact and art collection. Not to be confused with the The Getty Villa, Supervisor of Airport Operations, Paul, recommends you visit The Getty. Home to rotating art exhibits that span the centuries, The Getty is more than just a museum. With a winding trolley ride up a mountain to get to the museum entrance, and sprawling gardens and annexes with views of the entire city stretching down to the ocean, this stop is truly an experience. Paul also points out that you can taste some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico in L.A. El Chollo is a family establishment with several locations around L.A. that has been around more than 100 years. “The food is excellent,” he says, and suggests you try the blue corn tamales.

Laurie loves Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City. The downtown/pier area has many shops and restaurants, including a Tuesday night market on Main Street at the pier which offers good food, music and crafts from local artists and farmers. Speaking of good (and cheap) food, Inflight Crewmember, Dave, says that Tequila Jacks in downtown Long Beach has Taco Tuesdays with $1 tacos and the best margaritas in town, offering “a great atmosphere and an outside deck on Rainbow Lagoon.” First Officer, Erik, says to to grab a bite at Warehouse Restaurant in Marina del Rey located on the waterfront for good meal and a great view.

Investigator Corporate Security, Ed, thinks the Veterans Memorial Pier in Belmont Shores is a worthy stop for some fishing or for seal and sea lion watching. Then hit up nearby Chuck’s for breakfast and be sure to order the famous Weasel, rumored to cure even the worst of hangovers. TrueBlue Support Crewmember, Lindsey, asks that you make room in your stomach for the best chicken and waffles you’ll ever have (yes, it sounds like a strange combination, but tastes amazing together!) at Roscoe’s Chicken n’ Waffles, with a few locations around the L.A. area.

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Food, food, and more food! L.A. is one of those towns where stuffing your face with good eats is just as important as checking out the sights and sounds (ironic given it’s been coined the town of plastic surgery). Customer Support Crewmember, Meili, says to check out Le Creperie in Long Beach for some of the tastiest crepes around (she would know, in addition to being a JetBlue Crewmember, she’s also a part-time baker).

Our BluePick for this BlueCity is Babe and Ricky’s Inn in the Jefferson Park area in L.A. for the best blues you’ll hear outside of New Orleans.  Monday nights are open mic night where you’ll be exposed to some amazing talent and arguably even more amazing soul food for just $10!

Be sure to check back next Tuesday for the next stop on our BlueCity tour, Richmond, Virginia!

Do you have any great Los Angeles travel tips to share? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTLAX.

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