Santa Monica Boulevard has been a source of inspiration for artists for decades. From Nat King Cole’s “Route 66” to Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do. This street has long been considered a place to have a great time. It’s spanning almost the entire city of Los Angeles. From West Hollywood to the Santa Monica Pier, there is plenty to see and do along this boulevard.
Santa Monica Boulevard traces a horizontal line through the city. It passes through:
- West Hollywood
- Beverly Hills
- Century City
- West Los Angeles
- Santa Monica
Driving along the boulevard is a great way to experience Los Angeles. And what better way to end a trip than by dipping your feet in the Pacific Ocean. Relax at Santa Monica State Beach while you watch the skaters go by on the sidewalk?
The street’s cultural center is at its western terminus in West Hollywood. Here, the bustling four-lane road becomes a pedestrian-friendly street. It’s filled with friendly stores, eclectic restaurants, and cultural sites. Look for the iconic Route 66 signs. You can’t miss out on the glittering neon lights! They honor the road’s rich history and outposts like Irv’s Burgers. This place serves up delicious, nostalgia-filled food. The Percent for Public Art initiative ensures that all new development includes some form of public art. Be it sculptures, neon signs, or dynamic murals.
East of West Hollywood is Little Russia. Try the smoked fish and fresh blini at the local delicatessen Kashtan. Relax at the Voda Spa, which has a sauna and cold water pool. The west side is the center of Los Angeles’ vibrant LGBTQ community. Stop in for a drink at The Surly Goat or Saddle Ranch Chop House. During the day, take a moment to reflect along West Hollywood Memorial Walk
Being a coastal city for ages, Santa Monica has everything to please lovers of ocean currents. It’s also the perfect place for those who love sunsets over the sea. The city was even a landmark for the Asian community. There’s a village of Japanese fishermen clustered near the Long Wharf.
Today, Santa Monica has formed a reputation among wealthy families and young professionals. It attracts Angelenos, onlookers, and tourists alike. Its beautiful sandy beaches are the birthplace of volleyball. Its beautiful waves attract surfers from around the world.
You can visit Santa Monica in one day. If you don’t have time, allow yourself the privilege of walking on its famous Pier. At the end stands the mythical Ferris wheel, the symbol of the city. You can also rent a boat to explore the Californian beaches.