Limousine passengers are often amused and curious about films shot in Los Angeles. As many of the clients arrive or departure from LAX, we often receive questions about its link to Hollywood motion picture. And after further research, it does appear to have been depicted in hundreds of cinematic masterpieces. Let’s present some of our favorites filmed right here at L.A.’s International Airport!
None else than the “Governator” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) can be seen meeting Sully (David Patrick Kelly) at Tom Bradley in this 1985 masterwork.
A quintessential film to be mentioned, this hysterical 1980 masterpiece is – as most may know – largely shot at LAX.
Starring none other than both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Heat (1995) is most definitely a classic. The ending sequels here were produced at LAX, where Pacino follows De Niro from the hotel and to a runway cargo hangar.
5) To Live and Die In LA
With over 40 filming locales near LA, numerous clients have booked limos in order to revisit sites observed in this beloved 1985 action classic. Furthermore, it features clips from 1 World Way, including a recognizable chase.
4) Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
LAX limos transfer people daily to the curbs at local airports. Recently, when chauffeuring tourists with limousines for a flight departure, our driver was told how it was dubbed for Chicago O’Hare in the 1992 Home Alone sequel.
3) Fight Club
LAX limos are not always used for traveling. We recently chauffeured cinema enthusiasts throughout town for a glimpse of some cool Fight Club (1999) locales, including to LAX, where a short scene was staged at Terminal 2. Our limousine travelers knew exactly what parts were made on site, namely the opening sequels where a vibrating bag is seen at the baggage belt.
2) Air Force One
It dubs for Moscow International Airport in this action-filled movie. Limo services can be used for multitudes of getaways. Why not get a glimpse for a real air force one, housed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley! Although the president never utilized limos for travels in Air Force One, this 1997 classic features clips from 1 World Way as well.
1) Die Hard 1 & 2
Various Die Hard titles include a variety of scenes filmed in the LA area, making these stops popular for cinematic limo tours of the city. The 1988 thriller shows John McClane (Bruce Willis) arriving here and smoking a cigarette, while it dubs for Washington Dulles in the 1990 sequel.
Los Angeles County Limousine provides exemplary and luxurious limousines. Besides the city- and county of LA, we are also pleased and honored to offer limo services throughout all of Southern California. Whether for an SUV, sedan, stretch Hummer or party bus – we can accommodate any group for travels to and from LAX or any other SoCal destination.
The world’s fifth most-visited airport is also America’s third busiest. But just how well do you know LAX? Our limo services have served the airport daily for more than fifteen years, giving us more than enough insider tips and ideas to make your travels easier and more affordable. First utilized as a general aviation field from the late 1920’s, the airport was operated by the military during World War II. Now LAX is by far the busiest airport in California and among the five busiest in the world. Our limo services have daily runs with limos and LA party bus rentals to the airport. Being the only American airport that is also hub to all 3 companies: American-, United- and Delta Airlines, it’s also a hub for minor companies such as Alaska-, Great Lakes- and Horizon Airlines. With nearly 75 million passengers arriving and departing in 2015, we all know longer wait times are the usual here, and traffic as well as parking can be of great frustration. Add the expensive overnight or 15-minute parking, and the driving alone can lead to a bad experience at LAX and most all of the world’s largest airports. Connecting to over 90 U.S.- and more than 70 international destinations, a single airport terminal can be its own unique experience. With over 20,000 parking lots at the airport or nearby, finding a parking spot may not be difficult, but can nonetheless easily become expensive. Whether for a hotel ride or Malibu wine tours, by renting an LAX limousine you may save money and time, while traveling in unbeaten luxury!
You reach the airport through the Sepulveda Blvd. Exit on the 105, or from the Century Blvd. on the 405. The 9 terminal buildings are shaped in a U-form, giving the airport the jokingly name “the Horseshoe.” Simply known as “Mines Field” until 1941, LAX was renamed Los Angeles International or LA for short in 1941 and later added the additional X in 1949 when all international airports were required to have a three letter code assigned. As confusing as it may be, L.A.X. is also the code for the port in San Pedro as well as the Amtrak Station in Downtown LA! Do not fear if you are looking for a LAX limousine though, most limo services will obviously understand you’re talking about the airport. But traveling by train might be different, as Union Station is shortened to LAX by Amtrak! Southern California’s “Gateway to the World” has guested just about all famous people – including most U.S. presidents, several popes as well as Hollywood celebrities, – but one of the most memorable historic arrivals here was when the Beatles arrived in the 1960’s in order to make their first televised show on CBS. A huge crowd of enthusiastic fans and reporters had met up to welcome the British band as they first arrived in the United States, giving the airport international headlines. In more recent years, LAX has become hugely popular for cargo traffic including heavy loads of automobiles further damaging LA freeways when they leave or arrive at the airport.
Let us present to you some of our best Los Angeles airport tips and advice for a worry-free through LAX.
1. Skip the Wait Lines!
Most VIPs booking LAX limousine services are taking advantage of the $85 TSA PreCheck as well as the $100 Global Entry to avoid the long waiting times at the airport check-in and security. Maybe being the single best Los Angeles airport tips it will allow you to skip the long customs- and security lines as well as small plastic bags of liquids nor taking off your shoes! With almost 75 million through-travelers in 2015, it is self-explanatory that a visit to an airport at LAX’ size requires a lot of waiting. But there are solutions to everything: One quick interview and you can enroll in the Global Entry program and enjoy expedited entry when arriving amongst many other benefits. TSA’s Pre-Check program is another great secret which allows you expedited security- and customs clearance. Why worry about taking off your shoes and pulling out liquids and laptops after long waiting lines?
A client riding in one of our limos for rent also explained a relatively new feature: the Mobile Passport Control app, which lets you simply update your flight info on your cellphone instead of using the airport computers for an expedited entry at the airport. Instead of worrying about constantly checking your flight info on the monitors, download an app such as Gate Guru or Flight Aware for info on gates, possible delays, and more!
2. Best Way of Getting Into Town
Whether you are going to Downtown for a skyscraper dinner or to the Malibu Canyons for Malibu wine tours, you have many options in deciding on what transportation to use. Directly across from the airport is the Metrolink station, which connects to various places throughout L.A., and the airport offers 24/7 bus-, sedan-, and taxi services. You can take advantage of the $7 day-tickets at the Metrolink station or look into other forms of public transportation. The free Metro Rail Green Line also stops at the airport and offers free transportation. But is the metro the best alternative in the automobile capital that is LA? The quick answer is no. Compared to cities such as Chicago, Boston or New York, the public transportation in Southern California may be very disappointing. So the best way of getting into town? Why not go for LA party bus rentals when you first are in the “entertainment capital of the world”? Cruising to your destination in a luxurious stretch Hummer may be the perfect start to any Californication for sure.
3. Dining Options Are Abundant
While many airports may not have a too large eatery selection, LAX limousine rental clients have told us surprisingly about the many great restaurants and the wide range of food and drinks available at LAX. Arranged by terminal in the table below, you can plan ahead for a dinner at your favorite restaurant. If you for instance forgot Malibu wine tours while in LA, check out the SeaLegs Wine Bar at terminal 2! In terminal 2? Check out maybe the airport’s best food at the Kogi. Terminals 5 and 7 have Loteria! Grill’s offering great signature Mexican enchilada, taco and burritos. At terminal 6, many of our limo services clients love the Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck. At terminal 4 we would recommend La Provence Patisserie and Café. Looking for a departure cocktail? See terminal 3’s Gladstone’s, the Ciabatta Bar in terminal 2, Gordon Bierch Brewery in terminal 1, or the Corona Bar in terminals 7/8. Traveling internationally? The Tom Bradley International Terminal is home to over twenty dining options, a bar or restaurant for whatever craving you may have.
4. Tips on Saving Money
Most travelers looking for airport limos for rent may know very well the advantages of being an airline rewards member. Even if you do not use the particular airline often, signing up for its reward program may have great benefit from signing up. More recently airline companies have also started to use the same programs, which means you can earn even more miles when flying another airline home from your vacation. When miles are collected they may be redeemed for low cost flights, while customers at Expedia may use their Expedia rewards points for hotels, excursions, sedan rentals and even LA party bus rentals. Most of our VIP LAX limousine clients are signed up as airline rewards members for a good reason!
As parking can be expensive and traffic a pain, taking the advantage of a chauffeured sedan- or limo rental may also save you time and money. To save even more on your travels, look into public transportation. There’s a Metrolink Station right across the street which serves larger areas of town and is the most affordable way of experiencing L.A. For just a $7 day-ticket, you and your entire group of friends or family can ride the Metrolink for a day and discovering the city more or less by foot. And if you are looking for a limousine rental, why not look for the most affordable rates? With an exclusive Price-Match-Guarantee you can trust us to provide the lowest rates for sedans, LA party bus rentals and limos. Even though the airport offers a 24/7 LAX phone waiting space, rest assure that our chauffeurs will arrive in a timely matter for your arrival or departure.
5. Visit Movie Locations
LAX limousine riders and other airport visitors may not realize that LAX also is a popular movie-filming location. Hundreds of movies are featuring the airport, and cinematic tours by LAX limousine services have become more and more popular in recent years. Did you for example know that LAX appears as Miami International Airport in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)? It functions as an airport in Washington DC in the movie Independence Day (1996), while it is featured as a Chicago airport in Airplane! (1980). John McClane (Bruce Willis) lands at LAX in the movie Live Free or Die Hard (2007), while the end scenes of Heat (1995) also takes place here. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) can be seen walking through the airport in The Graduate (1967), while there’s an airport chase in To Live and Die in LA (1985) here. During the opening scenes of Fight Club (1999) we can see Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) arrive at LAX, and later we can see a vibrating suitcase filmed in terminal 2. In the end scenes of Training Day (2001) we can see Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) fleeing to the airport, while the Bride (Uma Thurman) departs for Japan here in the movie Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003). LAX is dubbed for Moscow International Airport in the movie Air Force One (1997), while Drago arrives here in Rocky IV (1985). Many more movies and TV series have been filmed here. So why not reserve limo services to check out the famous filming locations!
Our Los Angeles limo services have served the LA region and Southern California for over twenty years. We are proud to offer a lowest-price-guarantee for all travels. Besides traditional limo services, we also offer party bus rentals, wedding transportation, rides to Vegas, Malibu wine tours and much more. Why not reserve a limo wine-tasting tour to the beautiful Malibu Canyons! At Malibu Family Wines you can enjoy live music, great scenery and even a safari tour of their vineyards. The more rustic Cornell Winery is popular for Malibu wine tours, often combined with a visit to the Rosenthal Wine Bar located by the PCH in Malibu. Whether for an airport sedan, LA party bus rentals or traditional stretch limousines, we’ve got you covered!
THE CITY OF ANGELS is in a class all by itself. This magnificent city isn’t just America’s second-largest, but is home to an array of interesting attractions and beloved landmarks in world-class. The art museum at the Getty Center is just an example and along Miracle Mile you’ll find numerous great museums such as the underrated car museum, Petersen Automative Museum. Downtown’s Grammy Museum is another hit, while maybe the most popular beaches are Venice- and Santa Monica Beaches while the prettier ones might be Manhattan- and Redondo Beaches. The beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches of Malibu, located along the famous Pacific Coastal Highway, are often less crowded but well worth checking out. Along Colorado Street, which is the closest thing to an LA main street, you will find many quaint cafés, restaurants, galleries, bars and pubs. Let us present some of the things you absolutely shouldn’t skip on your Californication!
When cruising down the California Coast there are many places to explore. Solvang is California’s historic Danish settlement and the town comes across as a postcard-picture from Denmark. Established as a Danish settlement in 1911, Solvang was among the first Danish colonies in America (along with Danebod, Minnesota and Ames, Iowa among others). Further south is where we find Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. This affluent and idyllic city appears in numerous movies: Psych (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean III (2006), Disney’s Hidalgo (2003), and many more. Our limos for rent have been featured in many TV-shows in Santa Barbara, including the Bachelor (2003) and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010). The movie Sideways (2004) not only made the vineyards of Santa Ynez famous, but was also filmed in Santa Barbara. For your exclusive Santa Ynez Valley-, Temecula- or Malibu wine tasting tours you can give us a call for an unforgettable day in SoCal’s wine country. Make sure to visit the beach promenade, the pier and State Street for a signature Santa Barbara experience. With its beautiful harbor, fancy cars, great shopping and great eateries, the American Riviera is a must for anyone traveling to Southern California.
An hour south of Santa Barbara is where we find Malibu, also called Beach City USA. This beautiful LA suburb is the ultimate destination for those looking for the iconic Californication. Here you can see the houses of the rich and famous, spend the day sunbathing on one of the many white sandy beaches, or enjoy a dinner while looking out over the Pacific. While eateries such as Duke’s Malibu and Paradise Cove Beach Café are located on the beach itself, Nobu Malibu and the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant are two of the many restaurants overlooking the ocean. Often overlooked for wine tasting venues in Santa Barbara County and Temecula, the Malibu Canyons have the absolute closest vineyards to LA. Here you can enjoy Malibu wine tasting tours to venues such Rosenthal overlooking the sea, or venture inland to the canyons for gorgeous scenery at wineries such as Malibu Family Wines, Cornell Winery, SIP Malibu Grapes, and Malibu & Vine.
Eighteen miles south of Malibu is where we find the City of Santa Monica, one of the most visited areas in the Greater LA Area. Famously depicted in the long running TV-series Baywatch, the Santa Monica Beach and its pier are musts to see in LA. Don’t forget to wander up Third Street Promenade for some great shopping at the Santa Monica Place and many nearby shops. Enjoy a meal at the pier or stroll along the beachfront down to the interesting Venice Beach. Here you can see the famous Muscle Beach, stroll the Venice Canals or people watch along the beach.
After spending the day at the beach, go for a limousine rental to venture up Mulholland Drive on your way to the Hollywood Sign. With beautiful views of the city, the nearby Griffith Observatory offers some of the greatest LA skyline views. When it starts to get dark the views from the observatory are unmatched. Another signature LA nighttime experience is a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. LAX sedan and limos often transfer clients to the Hollywood Boulevard for landmarks such as the Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, Guinness Records Museum, and many more. The 387,000 sq. ft. Hollywood & Highland shopping mall is a frequent stop for shoppers.
The unusually exclusive (& expensive) Beverly Hills area is a fun stop. Here you can experience original window shopping at Rodeo Drive or go for one of the many Star tours for an opportunity to see celebrity homes in Beverly Hills’ neighborhoods and nearby Bell Air. You can also pick up a Star Map and go celebrity sightseeing yourself – by car or by one of the city’s limo services. Our limos and Los Angeles party bus vehicles are often hired for celebrity sightseeing throughout the city. We know the stars better than most!
While in Los Angeles, don’t forget to set off a day to visit the Universal Studios and adjacent Universal CityWalk. At the studios you can go on tours of various filming locations (e.g. Psycho, Desperate Housewives, Jaws) followed by a lot of fun in the many park rides. By buying a First In Line Pass at Universal you will not only skip the long waiting lines, but you will often get the chance of exclusive meetings with various actors. Especially fun to see are the movie sets from War of the Worlds, the Mysteria Lane neighborhood from Desperate Housewives and the motel from Psycho. The Shrek-, Mummy- and Jurassic Park rides are a lot of fun for kids and adults in every age group. Limousine rental customers often prioritize the Simpsons Ride, the Special Effects Show, Terminator 3 3D, and the Waterworld Show. After spending the day at the studios there is no reason to leave Universal City. Go for a stroll on the adjacent Universal CityWalk for a dinner at Hard Rock Café Hollywood or a movie at the IMAX theater.
There’s an abundance of theme parks and studios in the LA region. Why not head to the Warner Bros Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm next?? By a Los Angeles party bus or not, older kids will have a lot of fun riding some of nation’s fastest rollercoasters at Six Flags. Younger kids will love the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, while the original one-and-only Disneyland is a must on anyone’s Californication. Looking for a water park instead? Don’t worry. Los Angeles has it all. Why not check out Valencia’s Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park, or Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim? The nearby Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is another nearby pick for an affordable indoor water park. We’ve also had even foreigners calling from the airport in need for an LAX sedan in order to head for the Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, the Balboa Fun Zone by Balboa Island in Laguna Beach as well as the merry-go-rounds in Long Beach’ Shoreline Village.
For possibly the most iconic Hollywood adventure, head on one of the LA area’s many exclusive film studio tours! Besides the previously mentioned Universal Studios, there are tons of other studio tours to enjoy in the Greater Los Angeles Area. While people utilizing our limos for rent often love to see the film sets of series such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on the Sony Pictures Studio tour, others enjoy the sets from the Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live at the studio tours at the NBC Studios. Why just visit the studios when you can partake in a live audience? Conan, the Dr. Phil Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Talk and Wheel of Fortune are just a couple of the many TV shows filmed with LA audiences. Most studios and talk show tapings take place in the Hollywood area, Burbank and Studio City. Give limo services a call to set up your visit to the studios – for a tour of famous filming locations or to attend the audience for your favorite television series.
The City of Angels is a widespread metropolis that has more to offer than most places. Before venturing on your trip or tours in the Southern California region, make sure to make a list in advance of what to see, visit and experience while in Los Angeles. Newcomers and newly arrived tourists at LAX are oftentimes overwhelmed when arriving in LA. “Where should I begin?” is a question we get more than any other. And that with good reason. L.A. is the place that has it all, so making a few priorities fitting your preferences will make your trip to America’s 2nd biggest city more fun and memorable. Bon Voyage!