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Add that to the many visitors who make the journey each year. If you're making your way to Santa Monica from the city's heart, it sits 13 miles to the west. Alternatively, it's 7 miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport.
Be sure to visit Santa Monica Pier and the University of California Los Angeles. These attractions are nearby! Don't ignore the Sony Pictures Studios and the J. Paul Getty Museum either. To see another side of Los Angeles, branch out to the adjacent neighborhoods Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue.
You cannot miss out on a chance to swing by Universal Studios Hollywood®. It's located 8 miles from the town centre.
Be sure to spend time at the California Science Centre and the Microsoft Theatre while you're in the centre of the city. Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Los Angeles Convention Centre are also worth seeing.
Head to some cultural attractions to gain a better understanding of the area. The Bergamot Station Arts Centre, the Acting Studio at Edgemar, the Fidelity Arts and the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes are recommended stops.
Stop by the Getty Centre, the Hammer Museum and the Skirball Cultural Centre to admire some captivating artworks. Ask about the creators or just appreciate the peaceful surroundings.
If the weather's less than perfect, ask about guided tours and special events at Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Travel Town, Mt Wilson Observatory and Watts Labour Community Action Committee.
Buy passes for a live performance at one of the acclaimed local venues. The City Garage Theatre and the Kodak Theatre are leading options.
If you want to work on your swing, rent some clubs and book a round at the Riviera Country Club and the Penmar Golf Course.
The Broadway Theaters and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will keep the kids entertained. You may even have a blast too!
Are your kids getting restless? Give them a chance to go crazy at OnRope Consulting and Pacific Park.
Appreciate the pleasing natural surrounds of Malibu Canyon, Ballona Wetlands, Nicholas Flat Trail and the Central Garden.
Watch the waves come in at an attractive coastal stretch, including Venice Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Muscle Beach Venice and Original Muscle Beach. Remember to bring something to snack on!
Pull on your hiking boots and explore the nearby ecological parks, including the Descanso Gardens and Angeles National Forest.
Order a takeaway coffee and de-stress in the shade at a nearby park, including International Chess Park, Dorothy Green Park, Mary Hotchkiss Park and Palisades Park.
If you love to shop, head over to Santa Monica Place, Fisherman's Village, Marina Marketplace and Americana at Brand. Go for a walk and find some gifts to bring home.
Step back through the mists of time at the Santa Monica College, the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles National Cemetery and Venice Fishing Pier. These time-weathered places have a collection of illuminating facts and stories.
Regardless of your faith, it's worth checking out San Gabriel Mission and the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.
You won't have any troubles finding the most suitable lodging in Santa Monica. Expedia's database features 126 options in this highly regarded destination.
Commence the quest for a dreamy Santa Monica base by browsing the guest amenities at the Montage Beverly Hills, located 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 lower priced listings that you may find worth checking out if you're after somewhere that's a bit lighter on the wallet.
Santa Monica Pier is on the to-do list for almost every visitor to Santa Monica, and staying nearby is a great way to really make the most of it. The Shutters on the Beach is located just 0.4 miles away. Also nearby is the Casa Del Mar.
Situated in Santa Monica, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Museum of Art and Santa Monica College. Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Beach 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. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Third Street Promenade 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 hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 2 miles (3 km).