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Santa Monica, California

where the beach comes to life

The famous Santa Monica pier brings Route 66 to a glorious end, with Baywatch-esque beaches and its theme park congratulating the driver at a worthy destination. Hire a bike or some rollerblades and cruise down the boardwalk to Venice Beach and shop to your heart’s content at the 3rd Street Promenade.

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Santa Monica, California

You won’t pass a street without an adorned wall here, there are over 130 incredible street art murals to be found in Santa Monica!

Where is Santa Monica?

A city within Los Angeles, California, Santa Monica is 8 miles from LAX, 14 miles from Hollywood and 7 miles from Beverly Hills. The driving time between destinations will depend on the time of traffic in the city. That’s is you’re even driving at all. Lots of areas are walkable between hopping on and off a tour bus or Ubering around the city.

What to do in Santa Monica?

Make your way to the Santa Monica Pier. There are rides and activities for the whole family here, take a ride on the huge Ferris wheel and get some excellent views from the top! Bike rentals are available nearby, The Marvin Braude Bike Trail is a 22 mile flat stretch with ample stops along the way. If you’ve not yet crammed some shopping into your Californian Road Trip then Third Street Promenade is the place to start. 

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