Los Angeles may be spread out, but the first thing you'll notice, arriving at LAX, is that the airport is anything but. Largely a holdover from an earlier era, compact terminals often offer precious little space for anything other than getting travelers in and out; sometimes they've barely got room for that. Cramped it may be, but the location – just minutes from the beach – is kind of ideal.

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Here's Airfare Watchdog's own mini-guide to LAX.