Nothing more exciting to wake up to helecopters overhead at 4 a.m. Oh but wait! The Endeavour is parked on the street near my house! Well that has been my morning and I suppose it’s fine. I was lucky enough to see the Endeavour fly by a few weeks ago in Santa Monica and it was really awesome. Now it is on its way to the California Science Center and I wanted to share the viewing details for those interessted in coming out to take a look.
Endeavour’s Turn-by-Turn Directions according to the California Science Center
Friday, October 12
- LAX United/Continental Hangar to Northside access road security gate
- Exit security gate and travel east on Northside Parkway to Lincoln Boulevard
- Cross Lincoln Boulevard onto McConnell Avenue
- Turn right onto Westchester Parkway to La Tijera Boulevard
- Turn left onto La Tijera Boulevard
- Drollinger Parking Lot
Endeavour will be parked near the intersection of La Tijera Ave. and Sepulveda Eastway from approximately 4 a.m. to 2 p.m., affording an opportunity for informal viewing. This is not an official viewing location and parking will not be available.
- Continue on La Tijera to Manchester Avenue
- Turn right onto Manchester Avenue
Saturday, October 13
- Continue on Manchester Avenue to Crenshaw Drive
- Viewing Location: Mission 26 Launch at The Forum
Endeavour will stop at the Forum in Inglewood for a morning celebration in the arena’s parking lot, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Venue organizers estimate that 10,000 to 14,000 spectators can be accommodated. Free public parking is available at nearby Hollywood Park Race Track starting at 4 a.m. No overnight camping is permitted (3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood CA 90301).
- Turn left onto Crenshaw Drive to Crenshaw Boulevard
- Continue on Crenshaw Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard
- Viewing Location: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvds.)
Endeavour is expected to arrive at the intersection of Crenshaw and MLK between 1p.m. and 2 p.m. for a brief program and celebratory performance produced by actor-choreographer Debbie Allen. There is a dedicated area for the public to stand and view the stage, north of the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and MLK. Space is limited so come early.
- Turn right on King to Bill Robertson Lane
- Turn left on Bill Robertson Lane into Exposition Park
- Viewing Location: Exposition Park
Endeavour is expected to enter Exposition Park on Bill Robertson Lane between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to reach its final destination, the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion, before midnight. Parking lots between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Ave. will provide space for spectators to gather. The lots for viewing will open at 5:30 p.m. and can only be accessed from Vermont Ave. at 39th Street. Mass transit is recommended and available via the Expo Rail and bus line running along Exposition Blvd. Limited parking will be available at the California Science Center’s parking structure (enter at 39th and Figueroa Streets) for $15.