Santa Monica, California

While Santa Monica is known for its year-round sunshine, iconic beaches, and famed, historical Santa Monica Pier, Sunset readers will be surprised to learn that the seaside city is also a leader in sustainability. Santa Monica’s Pacific Park is home to the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris wheel, and the city itself is the first to receive Platinum level LEED certification for Cities Version 4.1. Equally unique, Santa Monica is an art-lover’s paradise with more than 170 murals decorating the streets, including a new mural by artist Shepard Fairey standing 70 feet on Ocean Avenue. To view them, readers can take self-guided walking tours. The complete guide can be found here. Speaking of walkability, with most neighborhoods being accessible by foot, historically 80% of overnight visitors do not require the use of cars while exploring Santa Monica. In addition to walking, traveling the city by bike is a great option, as there are over 119 miles of bike lanes across Santa Monica. The 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also known as the Strand, is a fan favorite that runs alongside 3.5 miles of Santa Monica Beach’s beautiful coastline and serves as another way to connect to our neighboring cities.




2427 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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