El Segundo is one of the oldest cities in Los Angeles. It is generally accepted that the city is named after the second (el segundo) Standard Oil refinery on the West Coast, built in 1911.
El Segundo is two cities in one. The coastal portion is a residential suburb with a charming Main Street which looks frozen in time. Locals both affectionately and derisively call it "Mayberry By The Sea", referring to the sleepy fictional town which was the setting for the American television show "The Andy Griffith Show" in the early 1960s.
The "inland portion" of El Segundo is a thriving business district. Many large aerospace companies have facilities in El Segundo, including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Aerospace Corporation, which is headquartered there. It is also home to the Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Space and Missile Systems Center and Toy Manufacturer Mattel.
El Segundo is also home to the blue butterfly, now an endangered species.These butterflies which once used to reside in the sand dunes of El Segundo over an area of 4.5 square miles have now been pushed into three small areas of what is left of those dunes.
El Segundo is immediately south of LAX and most hotels offer free shuttle transfers to and from the airport.
The Metro Green Line runs along the eastern edge of El Segundo, with both Mariposa/Nash and El Segundo/Nash stations within city limits.
El Segundo is nice quiet place to stay if you want to roam around in the rest of LA during the day. With LAX airport in close proximity it is quite a comfortable place to stay.
Dockweiler State Beach, 12000 Vista del Mar, . Located partially in El Segundo, including the only RV park on the beach in California.
Toyota Sports Center (formerly Health South Training Center). A public skating facility located at the corner of Nash Street and Mariposa Avenue, adjacent to the LA Metro station. The facilites include an Olympic sized ice rink, NHL sized ice hockey rink, indoor in-line hockey rink, indoor basketball court, cafe serving hot food and drinks, gymnasium for professional athletes, skate rental shop, fully stocked skate and hockey pro shop, and locker and shower facilities. This is the official training facility for the Lakers NBA basketball team and the Los Angeles Kings NHL ice hockey team. The TSC is also home to the Angel City Derby Girls, LA's only flat track roller derby league. The TSC also houses the 7th largest organized adult ice hockey league in the nation.
The Lakes Golf Course, 400 South Sepulveda Blvd., ☎ +1-310-322-0202 (fax: +1-310-322-5290), . 6AM-11PM. This nine hole, par 29, 1,327-yard municipal course won't be hosting any PGA tour events anytime soon, but it's an excellent course for beginners or those with an extended layover at LAX. There is also a double-deck driving range and a large putting area.$11 green fee on weekday, $13 on weekends and holidays.
Encounter, 209 World Way (in Los Angeles International Airport), ☎ +1-310-215-5151, . Su-Tu 11AM-9PM, W-Sa 11AM-9:30PM. Suspended 70 feet above ground in the quadripod at the center of LAX and featuring an observation deck, this fanciful science-fiction-style restaurant features unsurprising California cuisine, but done with good ingredients and creative presentation that makes the price worthwhile.$50-60 (entrees $20-30 each).
The Hummus Factory, 204 E. Grand Ave, ☎ +1-310-322-1000, . Mo-Fr 11AM-8PM, closed weekends. An unassuming Lebanese restaurant located in a strip-mall near downtown El Segundo, the Hummus Factory is generally packed at lunch times. The menu offers a small selection of simple yet well-prepared dishes including kabobs, falafel, and of course numerous hummus choices. Ordering is done from a counter, and the staff then prepares your meal and brings it out to you.$6-$15.
The Tavern on Main, 123 Main St., ☎ +1-310-322-3645, . Well, it's a tavern, and it's located on Main. Live bands on weekends, happy hour on weekdays from 11AM (yes, 11AM) until 6:30PM, and free wireless internet for those who like their web surfing with a beer buzz.
The Office Downtown, 206 E. Grand Ave., ☎ +1-310-648-3131.
The Purple Orchid, 221 Richmond Street (at Grande), ☎ +1-310-322-5829. This bar is tiki-themed with a small stage that sees local bands playing regularly. It is often described as one of the best tiki-themed bars in Southern California, but even for the most demanding critics, if it's a tiki bar you want this place won't disappoint. Drinks are somewhat on the pricey side, with cocktails averaging about $8.50.
Stick & Stein Family Sports Grill, 707 N Sepulveda Blvd (at Imperial), ☎ +1-310-414-9283. As good a place as any if you want to watch the game, shoot some pool, or just sit around with friends and drink beer. The atmosphere is comparable to a chain sports bar such as Bennigans - there's no sawdust on the floor, nor are the patrons ordering their favorite vintage of classic wine. The food is average, the drinks are good, and there's enough here to keep most fans of sports bars entertained.
Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo, 2000 East Mariposa Avenue, ☎ +1-310-322-0700 (fax: +1-310-322-4401), . Rooms are fairly big and equipped with balconies and free Internet. Facilities include outdoor pool, indoor whirlpool, and a pathetic excuse for a gym.$99-.
Embassy Suites LAX - North, 9801 Airport Blvd, Phone: +1310-215-1000, Fax: 1-310-215-1952,  Located close to the heart of Los Angeles, California. Just a half-mile from the airport, with free 24-hour shuttle service. Minutes from Manhattan Beach and Route 405 into downtown Los Angeles. A short drive into downtown L.A., Beverly Hills, and Hollywood
Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo, 2135 East El Segundo Blvd., ☎ +1-310-333-0888 (fax: +1-310-333-0789), .
Hyatt Summerfield Suites, 810 South Douglas Street, ☎ +1-310-725-0100, . Just 16 miles from downtown L.A. and 30 minutes from Anaheim. Marina Del Rey is six miles west.
Concord Hotel, 221 Concord Street, ☎ +1-310-322-6116. Weekly rates, not often available. Common bathrooms. WiFi available, free and FON.com
Holiday Inn LAX Airport Hotel, 9901 La Cienega Blvd, Tel. +1 310 694-5151, . Located within a mile of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Offers free 24-hour airport shuttle.
Culver City - A neighboring city and the home of Sony Studios that in recent years has been undergoing a rebirth and now has an increasing number of food, shopping and entertainment options.
Marina del Rey - The "marina of the king" is home to a vast number of restaurants and hotels, and while not as touristy as some of the neighboring beach cities is nonetheless a fun spot to spend an evening.
Manhattan Beach - El Segundo's neighbor to the South is home to a state beach as well as several upscale restaurants and shopping opportunties.
Inglewood - A slightly rough city to the east of El Segundo, Inglewood has numerous lodging options for those wishing to stay close to the airport.