Archive for April, 2010

Baltimore Airport – BWI

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Baltimore Washington International Airport serves the Baltimore area in the USA.   Baltimore and Washington D.C. are only about an hour from each other making BWI a good choice for alternatives even if you are travelling to other parts of the East Coast.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is one of the most vibrant travel destinations in the USA.  It’s a short drive from the BWI Airport, so consider some time here before or after your flight.

Here you’ll find the beautifully restored USS Constitution.      Water Taxis are a fun and inexpensive way to travel across and around this large harbor.     If you have time, get off at  Fort McHenry for a tour and don’t miss  Fells Point, with wonderful historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and a feel of the pulse of early America.

Baltimore Airport BWI website

BWI Flight info is HERE

BWI Parking info is HERE

BWI Terminal Maps are HERE

Note that unlike part of the sprawling American West, where it is not convenient to fly to Los Angeles if you want to get to San Francisco, you may be able to travel to a number of East Coast Airports conveniently, allowing you to get the best available rates.    Baltimore BWI, Washington Dulles IAD, and Reagan National DCA are all within a fairly short drive, and even  Philadelphia PHL offers reasonably quick access to the D.C. Metro Area.

BWI is a major gateway to New York, Washington, and points all over the world.

If you have some extra time, especially if you are traveling with kids, visit the BWI Observation Deck with displays including the controls of a Boeing 737, communications at the airports, and fascinating airport and airplane history and trivia items.  There’s also a kids play area.

If you have enough time on your hands to get some exercise, BWI provides about twelve miles of trail for walking, running, and birdwatching.   The BWI Trail begins at Elm Road, just minutes from the Terminal. You can also park at the Tom Dixon Aircraft Observation Area on Route 176.

Here is a good article about Shuttle Transportation from the Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/toolbox/airportshuttles.htm

Los Angeles Airport – LAX

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Los Angeles International Airport, almost always known as “L A X”, is the sixth busiest in the world with more than 565 daily domestic flights and over 1000 weekly international flights to countries all over the world.

The official LAX website is HERE

1 World Way, LA, CA 90045
Web http://www.lawa.aero
Bio Sixth busiest airport in the world, offering more than 565 daily flights to 81 U.S. destinations and over 1,000 weekly flights to 65 international destinations

For up to the minute news from LAX, follow them on their official Twitter account here

From the LAX Official Site follow these links to more information about airlines at LAX, flights, parking, terminals, maps, and more:

LAX Terminal Maps
LAX Flight Schedule
LAX Flight Search
LAX Airlines
LAX Parking
LAX Ground Transportation
LAX Rental Cars
LAX Maps

Note that LAX is part of the Los Angeles World Airports system called “LAWA”, which, in addition to LAX, includes Ontario and Van Nuys Airports.

Los Angeles is one of the world’s most famous cities, home to celebrities and by far the epicenter of the massive American media entertainment machine.    However you may be disappointed if you expect to walk into glamour in the area surrounding  “Hollywood and Vine” which is in Hollywood.   Although that intersection is pretty with some nice shops, the Kodak theater, and cool attractions like the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater of the Mann Theater empire, the sidewalk and shops and surrounding buildings can be dingy and dusty – more like what you’d expect in a regular big city than in what some would say is the global capital of glamour and style.

Still, Hollywood is a “must see” for a Southern California Trip so enjoy yourself – just don’t expect to get into “American Idol”.     However you may find tickets for TV shows or even movies – note that these are generally free so as on any trip use caution with anybody “selling” you any travel services in that area.

Obviously another must see in the are is Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (adjacent to each other but not always included on same admission pass depending on which you choose).  Disneyland has managed to retain much of the charm it’s held for children and adults for nearly half a century.    Disney’s California Adventure is more of a ride focused park with some spectacular rides.    Don’t miss “Soarin’ Over California”, a simulated hang glide over the state and a neat and dramatic mini- introduction to the geography of one of the most amazing regions in the world.