Whether you're heading off on a short break or a long and lingering journey, it's best to know a little bit about Santa Monica before setting off.
Santa Monica is a neighborhood in the marvelous city of Los Angeles. You'll find it located 13 miles (21 kilometers) to the west of the center.
Visitors to Los Angeles will be sharing space with approximately 3,800,000 people.
Santa Monica is a terrific place to base yourself if you're thinking of visiting Santa Monica Pier. Don your comfy shoes and grab your camera — this world-famous attraction is just a short stroll from there.
Santa Monica College has long been a hub for original ideas, visionary research and future leaders. See if it's possible to tread through its historic halls and mingle with students on a guided tour. Want more close by options? Whether you're on the hunt for groceries, new clothes or a last-minute gift, you can buy it at Santa Monica Place. With a good range of outlets at hand, get ready to shop 'til you drop! But there's more. Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts a fascinating range of exhibits across the year. Check out the events guide for your next activity.
If you're traveling to Santa Monica, the closest major terminal is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It's around 7 miles (11 kilometers) to the southeast from the main streets. Pick an in-flight film, get comfortable and you'll be landing before you know it.
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