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Like a few wines on a Friday arvo, travel is always a brilliant idea. So why not pack your well-worn suitcase and enjoy a taste of Santa Monica, Los Angeles? This lively city has a population of around 3,800,000 people and lures plenty of adventurous travellers each year. Santa Monica is located 20 kilometres west of central Los Angeles. Want to know how to find your way there from Los Angeles International Airport? Easy peasy. Grab a taxi, toss your gear in the back and make your way northwest for 11 kilometres.
A number of this city's top sights are located near Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Pier and the University of California Los Angeles are some of the most impressive. The must-see sights of the Sony Pictures Studios and the Paul J. Getty Museum are also at your fingertips. A brilliant way to take in this city is to visit a few of its neighbourhoods. So why not venture to nearby Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue and explore their unique charms?
Among the first sightseeing recommendations in your guidebook will no doubt be Universal Studios Hollywood®. So what are you hanging around for? This renowned attraction is situated just 13 kilometres from the city centre.
If you wouldn't mind touring a few of the highlights in the centre of the city, make sure you include the California Science Center and the Microsoft Theater. Alternatively, take a look around Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Broaden your understanding of the area at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Acting Studio at Edgemar, the Fidelity Arts and the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. These cultural sites come highly recommended!
If you possess a love of art, you should pay a visit to the Getty Center, the Hammer Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center. Walk around and if one of the pieces impresses you, ask the staff for information about its creator.
If you find yourself stuck with horrible weather, take refuge in Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Travel Town, Mt Wilson Observatory and Watts Labor Community Action Committee. The interesting displays are sure to keep your imagination buzzing and your clothes dry!
What nicer way to finish a day's activities than with something to eat and some live entertainment? Check the programme guides at the City Garage Theatre and the Kodak Theatre.
Is your golf swing out of whack? Does your posture need some work? With impressive fairways like the Riviera Country Club and the Penmar Golf Course to tee off at, improving your technique will be par for the course.
Kids are often delightful travel mates, particularly if you go to awesome places! For a memorable family outing, head to the Broadway Theaters and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Kids don't want to spend all day sightseeing. Let them have some fun and spend some time at one of the local family-friendly attractions. You can choose from OnRope Consulting and Pacific Park.
If you're a traveller who loves spending time outdoors, don't forget to visit Malibu Canyon, Ballona Wetlands, Nicholas Flat Trail and the Central Garden.
There's nothing better than watching the sun rising over the sea while sifting sand through your toes. For this delightful experience, head to Venice Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Muscle Beach Venice and Original Muscle Beach.
Keep an eye out for native plants and animals as you journey through the leafy landscapes of the Descanso Gardens and Angeles National Forest.
Pack a picnic and invite some friends down for a chat in one of the vibrant urban parks nearby. You have a number of options, including International Chess Park, Dorothy Green Park, Mary Hotchkiss Park and Palisades Park.
The shopping experience is what you make it. Whether you have something in mind or just want to browse, you'll have a great time at Santa Monica Place, Fisherman's Village, Marina Marketplace and Americana at Brand.
With such an awesome range, you won't have any troubles snagging your Santa Monica hotel. At the moment, lastminute.com.au lists more than 126 places to hit the hay.
Whether you're splurging or seeking budget vibes, Santa Monica has you covered! For a cosy room at an affordable rate, look no further than The Hotel California or the Bayside Hotel. But then again — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live it up while you're here, we don't blame you! The friendly staff at the Montage Beverly Hills and the Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel are experts in luxury.
During your time in Santa Monica, you'll obviously want to experience Santa Monica Pier. Want to stay within walking distance and soak up this first-class attraction at your own pace? The Shutters on the Beach is just 0.6 kilometres away and the Casa Del Mar is 0.6 kilometres away.
Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2019
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