Just outside of Los Angeles is the seaside city of Santa Monica, California, not only a haven for beach-goers but also a city full of arts and culture, nightlife, shopping and live music. Its close proximity to Los Angeles enables visitors to access the many attractions of L.A. and Orange County, such as Disneyland and the LaBrea Tar Pits.
Santa Monica has something for everyone. Avid shoppers will find many name brands, famous designers and small boutiques throughout the city including downtown and the Third Street Promenade. If you're into arts and entertainment, Santa Monica has many galleries and theater venues within the city limits, including City Garage, Highways and Edgemar Center for the Arts. A quick drive north on Highway 1, also called the Pacific Coast Highway, will get visitors to natural areas such as Will Rogers State Historic Park and Tuna Canyon Park.
Because of its Southern California location, weather conditions in Santa Monica are ideal for year-round visits. Though it's cooler there in the winter months, average temperatures dip as low as 46 degrees in February. Visit the world-famous Santa Monica Pier where you can enjoy a day at the beach, ride the roller coaster and eat at one of the restaurants on the pier.