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View Poll Results: Which Airport will offer a more positive view of Mega-o-polis LA for a first timer?
LAX 4 40.00%
Long Beach 0 0%
Ontario 2 20.00%
Irvine 2 20.00%
Burbank 2 20.00%
Voters: 10. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2016, 09:26 AM
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I was born and raised in Los Angeles so it's impossible for me to experience the same mindstate tourist feel about Southern California when visiting for their first time and having absolutely no idea what to expect.

I came to conclusion that not EVERYBODY lands at LAX and others probably meet up with family at Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario etc...

I feel like those who land at LAX will most likely stick to tourist areas such as Westwood and Santa Monica and then assuming that's all LA has to offer where as someone who lands in Burbank can have a greater appeciation and stronger awareness of seeing the California outside West LA. I'v even heard tourist having a bazaar sense of pure Satanic evil flowing around Hollywood.

I can already imagine somebody landing in Long Beach and never needing to explore DTLA or The Westside (as a first trip to California) because there's already so much for a tourist to do in the South Bay, and nearby Huntington Beach. LA is like Tokyo where it take's a lifetime to find the hidden gems scattered in pockets of unknown neighborhoods off the media radar.

I'm going to add a poll to this thread for the fun of it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:34 AM
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It's not Irvine airport. It's Santa Ana. The airport identification code is SNA and the airport's name is John Wayne. Irvine has nothing to do with it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:36 AM
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^ opps sorry ; i'v never landed in Orange County so my lack of knowledge got me there.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:14 PM
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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John Wayne (Santa Ana, aka Irvine in the poll) is a very nice airport that gives a great impression out of the gate (pun intended), but it's a bit far from LA proper to be included in this poll in my opinion.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:18 PM
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I was also raised in SoCal, and I've flown out of all the airports mentioned except Long Beach. I don't know what nonlocals expect or think when they come here, but I have to pick John Wayne (Orange County), because from there you can get to the best place in the shortest amount of time. In 10 minutes, you're on the beach in Newport.

I have no expectation when I go anywhere that the airport is in the best part of town, or even in town (ever been to Denver?) It's a shame when people base their entire opinion of LA, sometimes their entire opinion of the state of California, on their first impression of the area around LAX.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:22 PM
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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I don't base my impressions on the area based on the airport. As a NorCal resident, I choose the SoCal airport I fly into based on the convenience/proximity of where I will go to. That said, if possible, I will tend to avoid LAX whenever possible because of its congestion and logistical issues, unless I am going primarily to the Westside.
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