If you want to experience the lure of a big trendy city along with peacefulness of the trip in one visit, then you must travel to Santa Monica, the “urban” beach in Los Angeles city, USA. For decades, this place has been the favorite for many television personalities and top movie stars. However, the vibrant beachfront city can be relished by all and can be easily included on the itinerary as it is close to other tourist attractions in Southern California.
The dominant feature of this beachfront city is the Santa Monica Pier where you will find designated fishing areas, an arcade, gift shops, dining facilities, and an amusement park. Fishing from the Pier, you don’t have to possess a license. Get stunning views of the Venice Beach, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bay at Pacific Park located on Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy and learn about the marine life at Santa Monica Bay by visiting the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
You can enjoy the beautiful spring-fed lake and gardens at Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple that features various kinds of trees, flowers, birds, and fishes from around the globe. You may also take a trip to one of the most attractive streets in LA, the Wilshire Boulevard, where you will find numerous points of interest.
Shopping and Eating
The shopaholics can have a wonderful time at the Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach Boardwalk, Santa Monica Place, Malibu Country Mart, and Montana Avenue. You will find movie theaters, unique retail shops, restaurants, and nightclubs that combine entertainment, shopping, and dining to make these places hot tourist destinations. Some other notable places to dine at include The Lobster Restaurant, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, and Mariasol Mexican Restaurant.
The kids will have a wonderful time at the Chess Park, where there is a human-scale chessboard on the sidewalk. The place with its public chess tables attracts the players and the visitors can participate if they wish to join in. Playland Arcade, located on Santa Monica Pier, features different kinds of arcade games like dance games, electronic games, skee ball, and air hockey.
With all the tourist attractions, Santa Monica is truly a fascinating place to visit.