Santa Monica in California

26 June 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  8 minutes

Santa Monica © flickr.com - specchio.nero/cc-by-sa-2.0

Santa Monica © flickr.com – specchio.nero/cc-by-sa-2.0

Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County with a population of 93,000. The city is named after the Christian saint Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los AngelesPacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination. Santa Monica has three main shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side of the city, the Downtown District in the city’s core, and Main Street on the south end of the city. Each of these districts has its own unique feel and personality. Montana Avenue is a stretch of luxury boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices that generally features more upscale shopping. The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing, restaurants, and other specialty retail.   read more…

Route 66: The longest village in America

8 May 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  11 minutes

U.S. Route 66 © SPUI

U.S. Route 66 © SPUI

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 – with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Los Angeles, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.   read more…

The Santa Monica Pier

10 November 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  5 minutes

Entrance to Santa Monica Pier © Jon Sullivan

Entrance to Santa Monica Pier © Jon Sullivan

The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark. It’s the endpoint of the legendary Route 66.   read more…

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