If you’re departing Seattle for LA, there’s a good chance the weather has something to do with it, but either way take the opportunity to enjoy LA’s year-around mild and sunny climate. Nobody walks in LA, so take a drive along Highway 1, starting at Manhattan Beach and ending in Malibu, enjoying the beautiful coastline and mansions along the way. If you really need a good walk, stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and try to spot your favorite celebrity’s star, or spend a day on Catalina Island, where you can explore the island on foot or a bike or explore its waters with a snorkel or rented kayak.
Direct flights from Seattle to Los Angeles run about two and a half to three hours gate to gate, depending on the airline, time of day and the airport you fly to.
Spirit, American, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Virgin America and United each offer direct flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX.) Alaska also offers non-stop flights from SEA to Bob Hope Airport (BUR), while jetBlue flies direct from SEA to Long Beach Airport (LGB.) These airlines, as well as Frontier, Sun Country and Southwest, also offer one-stop flights from Seattle to the Los Angeles area.
Flights between Los Angeles and Chicago are frequent throughout each day, with at least one flight arriving from LA every hour during peak travel times.
With about 70 direct flights from Seattle to Los Angeles on a typical day, it's easy to find a straight shot between the two cities whenever you want to fly, between about 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Los Angeles is served by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Bob Hope Airport (BUR), also known as Hollywood Burbank Airport. Seattle is served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA.) The cheapest direct flights between Seattle and Los Angeles fly the SEA to LAX route, and you're unlikely to save any money by choosing a flight with stops.
On average, daily high temperatures in Los Angeles are only about 8 degrees warmer than in Seattle during the summer, but about 22 degrees warmer than Seattle during the winter, when the Emerald City also gets a good deal more precipitation. So if Seattle's inclement winter weather gets you down, the Big Orange is a nice respite. New visitors to Seattle are often surprised by how small the city is, while visitors to LA can't get over its vastness. While both cities revere personal freedom and welcome visitors from across the globe, Seattle can't match LA's diversity. The City of Angels is a potpourri of human civilization, with countless restaurants, art galleries, neighborhoods, shops and attractions celebrating the world's disparate cultures.
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