A great thing about living in Southern California is you don’t have to travel far to at least FEEL like you are on vacation, even if it’s only for a few hours.
Santa Monica is a favorite quick getaway for me. Walking in Palisades Park with it’s beautiful green grass, palm trees and well-manicured rose garden is a gorgeous sight to take in plus it’s atop a bluff that overlooks the beautiful Santa Monica coastline. And, with temperatures rarely getting out of the 70s, Santa Monica comfortable place to relax and cool off year-round.
From Palisades Park, you can see the Santa Monica Pier with its solar powered Ferris wheel. This is the spot where a Los Angeles police detective recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest Ferris Wheel ride (he went round and round for 25.5 hours! At least he had a close up ocean view from the pier).
The Third Street Promenade is only two short blocks away. There are several blocks of unique of boutiques and restaurants for browsing, shopping and dining, including a Barnes & Noble book store. Cupcake lovers will want to visit Yummy Cupcakes, one of my guilty pleasures :), across the street from the Promenade on Wilshire at Third Street.
If you’re looking for a more car-accessible shopping district, Montana Avenue is only a short drive away (Montana Avenue crosses Ocean at Palisades Park). So, hop in your car or catch the Big Blue Bus up Montana to 14th Street. Coffee & tea lovers have their choice of Starbucks, Peets or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf all within two blocks. Pick up some groceries or takeout deli dishes at Whole Foods Market. Blue Plate offers fresh & healthy comfort food in a casual atmosphere. For something a little more upscale, try R+D Kitchen. For a little pampering at a bargain price, drop by Montana Nails for a pedicure.
So, hit the road to celebrate summer. And check in often, Traffic411 is updated regularly with all kinds of vacation and staycation ideas to inspire you to hit the road to explore the beauty of Southern California. Be sure to bookmark these real time traffic maps, and check in from your smartphone. Traffic411′s real time traffic maps will route you around traffic tie ups in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Ventura County 24/7.
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica is known for its scenic beauty, ocean views and comfortable weather year round. It's well worth the drive, whether you can stay & play for a day, weekend, or even a few hours.
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