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Sightseeing in Santa Monica - what to see. Complete travel guide

Santa Monica Beach Santa Monica is a city that combines the elements of ancient and modern. This place attracts tourists by its practically year-round sunny days (325 days a year), a magnificent beach at the Pacific Ocean coast and the great diversity of nature.
Santa Monica, a small beachfront city, offers its guests plenty of marvelous restaurants and cozy cafes which are scattered all over the city and located in every shopping center. In the … Open
Santa Monica is not a cheap resort. This is the birthplace of famous actors Robert Redford, Sean Austin, Judy Lockhart, as well as of the founder of MySpace - Tom Andersen. Santa Monica is one of the most visited parts of the city. Here are located amusement parks and recreation zones. The autumn festival Taste of Santa Monica also takes place here once a year. Here you can taste different dishes and drinks from different restaurants.
The Old City part of Santa Monica is represented by the statue of the patroness of the city and the surrounding architectural constructions including antique carousels, the hippodrome and the old Shangri-La hotel. In the city there are such museums as Museum of Arts and Heritage Museum, as well as the old cinema theatre named Majestic and the modern operating cinema theaters Criterion Theater, Aero Theater, and Ten Santa Monica Promenade. Copyright
One of the main distinctive features of the city of Santa Monica is a welcoming and easy atmosphere. The resort is heavily visited by tourists from all over the world. Local residents treat … Open
Ocean Ave street can give you a fascinating tour. Numerous shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues are located nearby. One of the main symbols of the city - a beautiful sculpture of St. Monica is also there. The street runs along the beach. During the morning hours, you can often meet locals and tourists out jogging.
All Linkin Park fans should definitely find a small beautiful park, located on a cross of Lincoln and Wilshire. Not everyone knows that it was in honor of this park that the world-famous band got its name. Today, one can admire its tall, slender palm trees. Sometimes, street artists arrange their enchanting performances outside.
The most touristic and much visited destination of the resort city of Santa Monica is the Promenade accumulating a major part of entertainment establishments, stores, restaurants and bars. … Open
Lovers of nature prefer Tongva Park, located close to the pier. Many tourists pass it on their way to the beach. The park is really attractive with its spectacular landscaping, lots of exotic plants and flowers. There are several excellent observation platforms there. They open a wonderful view of the pier and the ocean.
Travelers with children will be interested in visiting Santa Monica Aviation Museum. It presents a huge collection of flying machines of different times. Here, you'll see old military aircraft and fine restored personal planes of some celebrities. All machines are in excellent condition. Some of them are presented in a special hangar, others are located in the open air, on the adjacent territory. During the tour, visitors can make a lot of great photos. They're also allowed to sit in aircraft cockpits.
Shopping addicts and night entertainment enthusiasts should pay a visit to the pier area as the Promenade accumulates the brightest and the most remarkable entertainment establishments of … Open
No less popular is Camera Obscura museum. It teaches visitors about the amazing world of optical illusions. The opening of the museum took place in 1898. Its amazing mirror rooms are visited by dozens of people every day for over a hundred years. It is also perfect for a family visit. Many come here to make original photos. The museum is located in a beautiful park, so you can take a pleasant stroll through it afterwards.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Santa Monica and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Santa Monica
♥   Shopping area ' Third Street Promenade' Santa Monica, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Main Street' Santa Monica, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Montana Avenue' Santa Monica, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Abbot Kinney Boulevard' Los Angeles, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Sawtelle Japantown' Los Angeles, 4.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Santa Monica
♥   Castle 'Battery of Santa Ana' Almería, 65.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Santa Monica
♥   Park 'Roxbury' , 8.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wilderness Park 'Westridge-Canyonback' , 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Mulholland Gateway Park of Los Angeles' , 13.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Fryman C' , 14.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Topanga' , 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Santa Monica and around
♥   Art museum 'Santa Monica Museum of Art' Santa Monica, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hammer Museum' Los Angeles, 6.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'J. Paul Getty Museum' Los Angeles, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Los Angeles County Museum of Art' Los Angeles, 13 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'The Broad' Los Angeles, 22.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Santa Monica from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
Elegant chandeliers illuminate the spacious hall. They are also made of bronze. The 18-meter-high organ was constructed in the cathedral. The design of the windows deserves special attention. Beautiful stained glass windows are installed in some of them. They were miraculously preserved from the previous cathedral. They are of great artistic value today. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the subject of heated debates in the circles of modern architects throughout the entire period of its existence. Many consider its architectural appearance too illogical and defiant. … Read further

Crenshaw House

From the series “The Most Mysterious Buildings (Houses, Palaces, Castles) in the World”
Even before this tragic event, the mansion had attracted hundreds of curious people who wanted to visit the attic, but none of visitors could hold in a mansion even a couple of hours. Hickman Whittington organized a real museum on the roof of his house; he charged fee for the opportunity to spend a night in the attic. There were many of those wishing to spend a night in jail for former slaves, about 150 people. All of them suddenly noticed surging fear and muzz making them leave a scary place after some time. Currently, the Crenshaw House belongs to state authorities. Since 2003 it’s closed to public access. … Read further

Hollywood Tower

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
Many traditions and elements of decoration in this building are the original, the charming roof garden was also saved. In the warm period, it is full of palms and flowers. Guests of the hotel can relax in a special zone with chaise lounges. The Hollywood tower was a home for a lot of celebrities from musician and actor’s world. Carmen Miranda, a popular Portuguese actress and dancer, celebrated there her wedding. Today everyone can experience the Hollywood luxury. … Read further
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