Top Choice Landmark in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Once the very end of the mythical Route 66, and still the object of a tourist love affair, the Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1908, and is the city’s most compelling landmark. There are arcades, carnival games, a v…
Outdoors in Santa Monica

Palisades Park

Perhaps it’s appropriate that Route 66, America’s most romanticized byway, ends at this gorgeous cliffside park perched dramatically on the edge of the continent. Stretching 1.5 miles north from the pier, this palm-…
Amusement Park in Santa Monica

Pacific Park

Kids get their kicks on Santa Monica Pier at this small amusement park, with a solar-powered Ferris wheel, kiddy rides, midway games and food stands. Check the website for discount passes.
Aquarium in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Peer under the pier – just below the carousel – for Heal the Bay’s kid-friendly touch tanks crawling with critters and crustaceans scooped from the bay. For a fin-filled frenzy, stop by the shark tanks for feedings …
Beach in Santa Monica

Santa Monica State Beach

There are endless ways to enjoy this 3.5-mile stretch of sand, running from Venice Beach in the south to Will Rogers State Beach in the north. Sunbathing and swimming are obvious options, but you can also reserve ti…
Art Gallery in Santa Monica

Bergamot Station Arts Center

Art fans gravitate inland toward this avant-garde center, a former trolley stop that now houses dozens of galleries.
Museum in Santa Monica

California Heritage Museum

For a trip back in time, check out the latest exhibit at this museum housed in one of Santa Monica’s few surviving grand Victorian mansions – this one built in 1894. Curators do a wonderful job presenting pottery, c…
Museum in Santa Monica


Don’t miss this homespun, steam-punk-paradise museum and shop, grinding with old gears and spare-part robots, antique clocks, concept planes and cars, old globes and lanterns – most of which were film props.
Monument in Santa Monica

Eames House & Studio

The striking Eames House & Studio, built in 1949 by Charles and Ray Eames, resembles a Mondrian painting in 3D. It’s still used by the Eames family, but with at least 48-hour advance reservations you can study t…
Landmark in Santa Monica

Original Muscle Beach