12 days in Santa Monica Itinerary

12 days in Santa Monica Itinerary

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Santa Monica

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A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Do your shopping at Third Street Promenade and Ventura Harbor Village. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica Mountains and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Malibu (Charmlee Wilderness Park, Zuma Beach, & more), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Douglas Family Preserve, & more) and Carpinteria (Carpinteria State Beach & Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery). Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, and take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Ontario International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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