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Santa Monica is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the Los Angeles area. The city is known for its scenic beaches, pleasant Mediterranean climate and the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach is a picturesque sight with views from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Here you will find beach-loving tourists and locals soaking up the sun as they play in the surf, ride bikes or roller skate along the shore.
Tourists from all over the world are attracted to the Santa Monica Pier, the most celebrated landmark in Santa Monica. This historic hundred year old pier is visited by over a 3 million people a year. Children are delighted by the historic carousel, thrilled by the rides at the Pacific Park amusement park and intrigued by the displays at the interactive Santa Monica Aquarium.
The Hotels in Santa Monica are some of the finest on the West Coast. Shutters on the Beach Hotel offers luxury accommodations with a beach cottage ambiance. Another popular beach hotel is the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with numerous ocean view rooms. For the ultimate value in luxury accommodations, try the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows. For a hip and trendy experience there is the Viceroy Hotel which is a favorite with Hollywood celebrities.
Santa Monica also has some of the best farmers' markets on the Westside. For a wonderful way to spend Sunday morning, stop by the Farmers' Market on Main Street. To see an impressive selection of organic produce, go to the Downtown Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Santa Monica offers unsurpassed shopping opportunities. The Third Street Promenade is closed off to traffic and is great for taking a stroll while being entertained by street performers. Third Street Promenade is located three blocks from the beach and has many dining and shopping opportunities. The newly remodeled Santa Monica Place is adjacent to the Third Street Promenade and host many upscale shops. Main Street is a popular and trendy place for dining, shopping or just taking pleasant walk along the boulevard.
During the summer months, a must-see is the Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier which is a free concert series every Thursday night. The concert series has been going on for over 25 years and has feature top performers such as Indigo Girls, Patti Smith, Los Lobos and Joan Beaz. Another great summer destination is the Annenberg Community Beach House which offers a pool, a museum and many other beach activities.
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