This article was published on July 6th, 2014
If you were driving across America on the famous Route 66, your westward trip would end in the spectacular city of Santa Monica, California. The beachside resort city is a mecca for sun seekers who enjoy miles of sandy beaches, outdoor fitness, boutique shopping and historic sites.
Santa Monica has a number of quaint pedestrian areas, including shopping districts and beachside promenades. The city is easy to navigate by foot, bike, skateboard or public transit.
The highlight of Santa Monica is the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Around the turn of the 20th century, amusement piers were extremely popular, and Santa Monica’s was one of the best. Constructed in 1909, the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome, a colourful carousel that sits on the pier, is now national historic landmark. The pier is also home to La Monica Ballroom, which in its glory days was the largest ballroom in the United States. The pier has, and continues to be, a popular location for fisherman to cast their lines in hopes of landing the catch-of-the-day.
The beautiful golden sand beaches are enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors every day. Just south of Santa Monica Pier is Muscle Beach, a popular outdoor gym on the beach.
A visit to Los Angeles isn’t complete without a visit to Santa Monica. It’s vibrant and cheerful attitude, easy-going pace, and sophistication is just part of it’s charm. It’s no wonder so many Hollywood celebrities and affluent families call it home.