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Add that to the many tourists who make the journey every year. If you're heading to Santa Monica from the city center, it's 13 miles to the west. Alternatively, it's 7 miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport.
Get familiar with the area with some nearby tourist sites, including Sony Pictures Animation and Promenade at Howard Hughes Parkway Center. Don't neglect Westfield Culver City Shopping Center and Sony Pictures Studios. Other neighborhoods, like Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue, are worthwhile.
Santa Monica Pier, one of the most renowned landmarks in the country, is located 1 mile to the southwest.
The Los Angeles central area is home to entertaining diversions, including California Science Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Microsoft Theater and Los Angeles Convention Center are additional options.
Want to experience the cultural scene? Head to Bergamot Station Arts Center, LA Louver, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and The Acting Studio at Edgemar.
Step inside Santa Monica Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Getty Center and Skirball Cultural Center to admire some stunning artworks. Ask about the creators or just appreciate the quiet surroundings.
Browse the intriguing exhibits and see if you can hop on a guided tour at Fowler Museum, Getty Center, UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and Watts Labor Community Action Committee.
Secure your ticket, locate your seat and get ready for a live show at a local venue, such as Kodak Theatre, The Acting Studio at Edgemar and City Garage Theatre.
If you're into golf, join the friendly locals at Penmar Golf Course and Riviera Country Club. Try to beat par and then rest with a frosty beer at the clubhouse.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Broadway Theaters and Orpheum Theater will keep the kids entertained. You may even have a good time too!
If the little ones need to burn some energy, take them to OnRope Consulting and Pacific Park.
Ballona Wetlands, Central Garden, Malibu Canyon and Nicholas Flat Trail are top places to get outdoors and make the most of a sunny day.
There's always something to do at the beach. Whether you want to go swimming or just stretch your legs on the shore, Muscle Beach Venice, Venice Beach, Original Muscle Beach and Will Rogers State Beach are the places to go.
Get your legs moving at Angeles National Forest and Descanso Gardens. A trek through any one of these leafy reserves is sure to reinvigorate the senses.
Grab a takeaway coffee and head to one of the nearby parks, including International Chess Park, Burton W. Chace Park, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and Mary Hotchkiss Park. Some time out from the city buzz is always a good idea.
To grab a bargain, check out the numerous stores at Fisherman's Village, Santa Monica Place, Marina Marketplace and Americana at Brand.
Understand more about the past at one or two of the close by historic sights, such as Venice Fishing Pier, Santa Monica College, University of California Los Angeles and Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Find out more about the region's spiritual side at San Gabriel Mission and Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. These places are worth checking out, whether you're religious or not.
You won't have any difficulty finding the perfect places to stay in Santa Monica. Expedia's lodging page contains 126 options in this highly popular destination.
Travelers who appreciate the finer things in life are sure to enjoy the Montage Beverly Hills, at 225 North Canon Drive, and the Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, at 9500 Wilshire Blvd. The Hotel California, at 1670 Ocean Avenue, and the Bayside Hotel, at 2001 Ocean Ave are two cheaper options that are worth considering if you're on a budget.
Situated in Santa Monica, this hotel is close to Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica College. Also nearby are Santa Monica Place and Third Street Promenade.
Located in Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Santa Monica, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Santa Monica College and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Place is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Ocean Park, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica College. Venice Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.