A Santa Monica Walking Tour

Aug 20, 2009 by Lisa Newton

For my inaugural Walking Tour and Map for Santa Monica, I’m featuring three of its most popular locations– the Third Street Promenade, Palisades Park, and the Santa Monica Pier.

Relax, it’s not too bad to move about as they’re all within a 2.07 mile walk. Starting at Wilshire and Ocean Ave., you’re greeted by the St. Monica, who oversees her domain.

St. Monica

Continue walking on the pathway in Palisades Park—which also has a well worn jogging track.

With panoramic views of Santa Monica State Beach on your right, don’t miss the uniqueness of Palisades Park, a great place to just stroll and enjoy a twisted view of nature at work.


Across the street is the legendary Georgian Hotel, an emblem the of Art Deco Architectural style of Los Angeles.


As the Tour moves toward Ocean Avenue, the iconic Santa Monica Pier is omnipresent–soon it will have its grand 100th Anniversary. Be sure to mark your calendars for next month, because on September 9th there will be a huge celebration replete with the largest fireworks display on the Pier in 18 years.

Santa Monica Pier

From the Pier, walk back to Colorado Blvd. While there be sure to check out the new Santa Monica Place. Slated to open August 6th, 2010, the newly renovated Santa Monica Place will transform and replace the old mall into a vibrant, open-air, street scape – providing Santa Monica with another new dining and retail destination.

As you turn the corner at Colorado and 2nd Street, don’t miss the colorful angel who stands constant and vigilant guard at this mixed use building.

Angels are watching

Today’s walking tour ends at the Third Street Promenade.

These photos are a great example of places that you can visit, eat, or just enjoy a walk in the California sun. Santa Monica may be a small town, but its chock full of things to do, and walking is only one of the ways to make you feel better–your heart will thank you later.

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Please click the Travelin’ Local sun icons on this Santa Monica Walking Tour Map, for more details, photos, and ideas for your next visit. Be sure to check out Travelin’ Local’s Mapping LA Public Art project, it’s being updated as we speak, incuding some of the additional sites from this walk.

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5 Responses to “A Santa Monica Walking Tour”

  1. D. Travis North says:

    I’m completely in awe over those trees at Santa Monica State Beach. That’s the real reason to get outside – pictures don’t do it justice, I’m sure.

    Santa Monica is one of the places I want to visit before I die.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @D. Travis North, You are so right, the pictures don’t do the trees justice. There are several trees that grow like this. I don’t know anything about trees or what kind these are, but they weave themselves into each other in the most interesting patterns. Why am I not surprised you noticed them. :)


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  3. Freddie says:

    What is the name of these trees? Are they native to CA?


    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Freddie, I have no idea what these trees are called,but they thrive in this location. There are several of them in the Palisades Park.


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