One of the most exciting things about living in Santa Monica is the easy access to other great venues in and around Los Angeles.
It's hard to top the rush of racing across the Pacific Ocean on a smooth-riding, high-speed boat to gorgeous Catalina Island, a Mediterranean island full of romance and adventure where buffalo roam free and there's never a traffic jam; or the rush of roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the self-titled "Thrill Capital of the World".
And I'd be remiss if I didn't include the shopping Mecca of L.A. - day tripping along the famed Melrose Ave.; or the fabulous summer sunset cocktail cruises So as long as you're visiting Santa Monica, these Santa Monica day trips are guaranteed to make your visit even more memorable.
The Catalina Express departs from San Pedro/Long Beach or Dana Point, offering up to 30 departures daily from both these nearby ports on 8-smooth riding powerboats to Avalon, the capital of Catalina Island.
Avalon is loaded with activities for a great day or overnight stay. Indulge in tours, golf, shopping, and dining or just enjoy the day at a spa. Hotel packages are offered year-round.
Find yourself in the water as you snorkel, kayak or parasail. Speed up your adrenaline with a Zip Line Eco tour.
Down the coast sits the rustic village of Two Harbors, a spectacular remote location with campgrounds, hiking and beautiful beaches. Learn more at Catalinaexpress.com
If you're ready to experience world class thrills, no place on earth offers so many adrenaline-pumping, heart-pouting, record-breaking coasters to push you to the outer limits of screaming fun!
Defy gravity as you speed, flip, soar and dive on an arsenal of rides guaranteed to provide over-the-top excitement for thrill seekers of all ages.
During the soaring heat of the summer monthsSix Flags Hurricane Harbor right next door is the place to death the heat on 30 amazing water slides like the 40-mph, six-story drop on Bonzai Pipelines.
Add dozens more ool adventures and you've got a day soaked in fun for all ages. Open May-September. Visit sixflags.com for all the latest park information, newest attractions and special ticket pricing. Save time and buy tickets online.
Melrose Avenue is renowned throughout the world as one of Los Angeles' most walkable and unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
Downtown Melrose encompasses the 22 blocks along Melrose Avenue that stretch from Fairfax to Highland. More than 300 alternative and independent stores offer a wide array of merchandise found nowhere else in the city.
Hornblower Cruises & Events welcomes you aboard a summer sunset cocktail cruise for a unique experience on the water.
Your 2-hour cruise sails through stunning waterfront sites in Marina del Rey, Newport Beach or Long Beach, which you can enjoy while savoring complimentary appetizers, relaxing background music, and wine, beer and cocktails for purchase. Get details and reserve your place at Hornblower.com.