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Things You'll Drive to Santa Monica For

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Everyone in Los Angeles has been to Santa Monica - that glistening beach city of the edge of forever - for one reason or another. They all probably had a good time, but good times don’t mean anything if you have to sit in traffic for an hour to drive sixteen miles. That single fact is one of the main reasons why so few people actually ever visit the People’s Republic of Santa Monica - even those who live in Southern California. But you know what? Maybe everyone should start driving out there again. After all, it has a roller coaster, lots of art, and there’s even a haunted restaurant. If you need more reasons to be sold on driving to Santa Monica, look no further than this list of things to do in Santa Monica - for tourists and even locals who should just suck it up and make the drive.

When you live in LA, it’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of traffic, work, traffic, expensive drinks, traffic, sleep, rinse, and repeat. But every once in a blue moon you need to get out of the city and hit the boardwalk and the Santa Monica boardwalk is a mere stone’s throw from the big city. Yes, the traffic to get to the beach is the worst, but after a day of fancy coffee, funnel cake, an Italian sandwich the size of a newborn, and turtle races, you’ll forget all about sitting in your car for an hour.

Vote up the best reasons to drive to Santa Monica, and if you’ve been driving there every day for something special – add it to the list!
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    To Have a Beach Day

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    To go to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market

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    To Play Some Skeeball Down on the Pier

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    To Get the Godmother Sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli

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    To See the Santa Monica Library at Night

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    To See a Free Show at the Pier

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    To Take a Stroll Through Palisades Park

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    To Take Headshots at the Pier

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    To See the Turtle Races at Brennan's Pub

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    To Take an Instagram at the International Chess Park

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    To Begin Your Standup Career at an Open Mic

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    To Take a Lover's Ride on the South Bay Bicycle Trail

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    To Check Out Some Commissioned Public Art Works

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    To Have Dinner in The Georgian Hotel's Haunted Dining Room

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    To Visit the Bergamot Station Arts Center

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    To Walk the Santa Monica Stairs

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    To Ride That Rickety Roller Coaster

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    To Get a Funnel Cake, Year Round

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    To go to the Santa Monica Contemporary Craft Show

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    Get Cultured at The Santa Monica Museum of Art

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    To Strum a Vintage Guitar at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

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    To Have a Mint Mojito at Philz Coffee

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    To Learn Trapeze

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    To Pick Up Your Significant Other from Work

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    To Have All the Beet Smoothies You Can Drink at Mrs. Winston's

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List Rules: Upvote the things that are worth driving all the way across Los Angeles for.