Los Angeles Business Aviation Catering and Travel TipsAugust 12, 2014 by Stacey Farooqui
Los Angeles (L.A.) is located on the Pacific coast of the United States in the southern portion of California. Los Angeles is not only the center of the entertainment industry in the United States, but it is also the country’s second most populated city. The entire state of California has a higher cost of living when compared to most of the country, so bear this in mind while planning your trip.
Fourteen airports serve the area due to the high demand for both commercial and private aviation. Oxnard Airport (KOXR) and Camarillo Airport (KCMA) are situated to the west of the Simi Valley. Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) and Bob Hope Airport (KBUR) are north of the Hollywood Hills, while Brackett Field Airport (KPOC), Chino Airport (KCNO) and LA/Ontario International Airport (KONT) lie to the east of the Chino Hills. Rounding out the list are Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), Hawthorn Municipal Airport (KHHR), Torrance Airport (KTOA), Long Beach Airport (KLGB), Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL) and John Wayne Airport (KSNA). This area hosts many high-profile events throughout the year that are centered on the entertainment industry. If you are part of a crew operating to any of these events, make sure to give ample lead time when planning in-flight catering.
Overall, the Los Angeles area has a mild climate year-round. Summer highs are typically below 80 F (27 C), but can soar above 90 F (32 C). Winter is the rainiest season and lows only ready 47 F (8 C). The combination if mild temperatures and sunny weather make L.A. a prime location for outdoor activities. Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park are just a few ideas of where to spend time exploring. If you have a full day to yourself, a boat ride to Catalina Island will present you with plenty of ways to pass the hours.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is a piece of local history comprised of a historical landmark, gardens and museum. For a nostalgic experience, visit the Chinese Theatre where Hollywood’s top stars have been immortalized by casting their hands and feet in concrete for decades. To celebrate military history, book a tour at the Battleship Iowa, the only place on the West Coast of the United States to have a docked battleship.
Los Angeles offers so many dining options, the hard part will be to make a decision on where to eat first. Trois Mec is an extremely popular restaurant to the point that you have to purchase a non-refundable admission ticket at least two weeks in advance in order to gain entrance. Also of note is the fact that they are not open on weekend. However, in spite of the exclusive feel of this restaurant there is no dress code. Night + Market is a local favorite that serves up Thai street food. They warn that if you don’t like very spicy food, you will need to let them know when ordering so they can be sure to accommodate your special request. Lucques is located in Hollywood and reservations can be made online. The vine-covered exterior and courtyard adds a romantic touch to the dining experience.
Being the tourist hot spot that it is, there are countless lodging options from economic hotels all the way up to finest luxury resorts. You will have no shortage of ways to spend your time on the ground in Los Angeles. If this is your first visit and you are pressed for time, make a list of the top places to hit while in town and develop a plan that will help minimize the drive time in between. Los Angeles is a popular destination, so you are certain to find yourself there many times during your career. For additional information on Los Angeles and tips specific to Van Nuys, read “In-Flight Catering and Travel Tips for Van Nuys, California.”
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