List Rules Upvote the things that are worth driving all the way across Los Angeles for.
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!
list ordered by
To Have a Beach Day
To Get the Godmother Sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli
Tess added To go to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market
To See the Turtle Races at Brennan's Pub
To Play Some Skeeball Down on the Pier
To Get a Funnel Cake, Year Round
To Visit the Bergamot Station Arts Center
To Walk the Santa Monica Stairs
To Buy Some Gems at the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market
To See the Santa Monica Library at Night
The Play Pokemon GO on the Pier
To Take a Stroll Through Palisades Park
To Pick Up Your Significant Other from Work
To Learn Trapeze
To Take Headshots at the Pier
To Ride That Rickety Roller Coaster
To Get Some Classic Movie Rentals from Vidiots
To Have a Mint Mojito at Philz Coffee
To Take an Instagram at the International Chess Park
Elise Hennigan added To See a Free Show at the Pier
To Play Hide and Seek in Woodlawn Cemetery
To Have All the Beet Smoothies You Can Drink at Mrs. Winston's
To Have Dinner in The Georgian Hotel's Haunted Dining Room
To Have a Business Meeting Dunkin' Donuts
Tess added To go to the Santa Monica Contemporary Craft Show
Get Cultured at The Santa Monica Museum of Art
To See Arthur Nakane: One-Man Band
To Begin Your Standup Career at an Open Mic
To Check Out Some Commissioned Public Art Works
To Take a Lover's Ride on the South Bay Bicycle Trail
HoserUSC added Play Softball At Memorial Park
To Strum a Vintage Guitar at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
To Drop Someone Off at Santa Monica Airport
To Visit the YouTube Space
not on the list? add item #36
List Rules: Upvote the things that are worth driving all the way across Los Angeles for.