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Santa Monica, Santa Monica

Greater Los Angeles, California, United States, North America: Santa Monica Pier has an amusement park, an aquarium, and hordes of churro-eating tourists
Santa Monica , California's insider take:

Santa Monica has its famous pier, the Third Street Promenade (now mostly chain stores, but still with a kid-friendly amusement park), and the famed Wednesday Farmers' Market where local chefs shop for produce. Main Street and Montana Avenue have great shopping in small, upscale boutiques. If you're a surfer, Surfrider Beach is a must; if you're an art-hound don't miss Bergamot Station, a former trolley station taken over by art galleries. It's part of the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2525 Michigan Ave.; 310-586-6488;

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