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Route 66 marker on the Santa Monica Pier in California

A Route 66 sign can be found on the Santa Monica Pier – a reminder that the city is the endpoint to the USA’s fabled highway that connected its heartland to the vast Pacific Ocean.

Posing on skateboards with a mural on Main Street in Santa Monica California

Santa Monica is for (art) lovers. It claims the second largest collection of galleries per square foot in the USA (after New York City). It’s also home to more than 170 public murals.

View of the pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California, overlooking the beach

The city’s connections to film and TV lore are many. The Annenberg Community Beach House was built for actress Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst. Shirley Temple, Jack Black, Anjelica Huston, Tobey Maguire and Jamie Lee Curtis were all born in Santa Monica.

Lifeguard station on the beach with the Santa Monica Pier in the background

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