Anaheim & Santa Monica

Southern California is all about beauty - in its inhabitants, its nature, its arts, and the memories they create.

Anaheim and Santa Monica, two of Southern California's most legendary cities, are filled to the brim with ways to treat your body to the best walks and workouts, trend-setting restaurants and lounges, and world-famous icons to behold.

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Anaheim

This vibrant city is centrally located in Southern California's famous Orange County. In Anaheim, you'll find unparalleled shopping and entertainment, trendy restaurants, sexy nightlife, championship golf, lively art districts, beautiful historic landmarks and legendary, yet always new and changing, internationally-famed family attractions. It's a city built on imagination, where you can find kindred spirits in the locals and other visitors and share uncommon experiences. There's no such thing as a "dull moment" in Anaheim. Even though warm sunshine and swaying palm trees create a lax lifestyle where shorts, sandals and sunglasses are always in season, and you'll adopt a relaxed pace, your mind will race with excitement and inspiration. Create, inspire, relax, and enjoy. 

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica is Los Angeles’s beach city, offering the quintessential California beach experience. Set along an iconic stretch of Coastline Santa Monica blends an unmistakable beach-town vibe with all the culture, events and urban amenities of a bustling metropolis. The city’s breathtaking natural beauty, compact size that is easily explored on foot (no car needed), and award-winning dining influenced by four weekly farmers markets, creates a truly unforgettable destination where health and wellness is at the forefront. Santa Monica’s proximity to greater LA also makes it the perfect base for vacationers and business travelers alike – travellers can take the Metro Expo Line from Santa Monica to visit Downtown LA, Hollywood, and other iconic areas.

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About Anaheim & Santa Monica

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

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    Sunset in Santa Monica
    Sunset in Santa Monica
  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    Anaheim:

    • Rock out at the House of Blues - this legendary live music venue can hold over 2,000 concertgoers. Make a night of it with a live show and meal of Southern-inspired dishes at the revamped Restaurant & Bar.
    • See a baseball game at Angel Stadium - see America's favourite pastime live as you watch MLB home team Los Angeles Angels play ball. Don't forget to participate in baseball game rituals: the 7th inning stretch and eating a ball park hot dog.
    • Shop at Anaheim Packing House - once upon a time, this historic building was a citrus-packing house. Today, it's a refurbished home to top-shelf gourmet food with restaurant and bars offering their most delicious wares.
    • Visit world-renowned theme parks - Raging Waters Los Angeles, LEGOLAND, Universal Studios Hollywood... the list goes on when it comes to top attractions in Southern California!

    Santa Monica:

    • Cycle The Strand - The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, known to locals as The Strand, is a 35-km long paved trail that parallels the iconic SoCal coastline. Bike along the world's longest oceanfront bike path for sea breezes, panoramic views, and stops for souvenirs and cafes along the way.
    • Revel at Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park - with a rich history dating back to 1909, the Santa Monica Pier is the second most-Instagrammed place in the entire world, and for good reason. Wave to the waves from up high as you take a spin on Pacific Wheel, a solar powered Ferris Wheel in Pacific Park, an amusement park with rides, midway games, oceanfront specialty food, and seaside shopping.
    • Visit Original Muscle Beach - located on the south side of the Santa Monica Pier, the Original Muscle Beach was established in the 1930s as a part of a beachfront movement of gymnasts, acrobats, and other athletes. It soon became the most famous outdoor gym in the world and today welcomes eye-catching people in search of a fresh air workout.
    • Walk along Third Street Promenade - take a leisurely walk down the Third Street Promenade and shop - or window shop - along this lively pedestrian-only shopping street. Stores are a great mix of boutiques and well-known brands, and the many dining options will make sure you're energised enough to shop them all.
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    Anaheim:

    • Balboa Fun Zone - located right on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, the Balboa Fun Zone invites guests from all over to come together and zip around on rides, play midway games, and eat all kinds of tasty treats.
    • Bowers Museum of Cultural Art - this edutaining museum and its adjacent Kidseum invite its visitors to explore hands-on exhibits. A day here is bound to inspire children of all ages.
    • Honda Center - there's nothing like the thrill of watching live sport! Catch an NHL game with home team Anaheim Ducks to see what true athleticism on ice looks like up close and personal.
    • Knott's Berry Farm - travel back in time at this unique amusement park. The humble beginnings of California's very first theme park have created a wholesome attraction for the family with rides, entertainment, stage shows, and dining.  

    Santa Monica:

    • Annenberg Community Beach House - the Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davis Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free WiFi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
    • Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park - the Pacific Wheel is the world's first and only solar powered Ferris wheel. Its LED lights create a computer-generated lightshow for night time beachgoers to enjoy.
    • Gourmandise Cooking School - in a culinary city, a food focus is necessary! Get hands on with a cooking class that will inspire and educate its students about using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
    • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - home to over 100 local species, this aquarium is an education facility inspiring understanding and conservation through interaction and discovery.
    • Trapeze School New York - learn to fly and perform on a number of Aerial arts apparatuses at TSNY. Swing and soar over the Pacific Ocean with ease.
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    Anaheim:

    • Downtown Anaheim Farmers Markets - Thursdays
    • Easter at Downtown Anaheim Farmer's Market - April/May
    • Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters - July/August
    • Anaheim Halloween Parade and Fall Festival (Anaheim) - 31 October

    Santa Monica:

    • Downtown Farmers Markets - Wednesdays & Saturdays 
    • Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Markets - Sundays
    • Santa Monica Airport Antique Market - 1st & 4th Sunday each month
    • Virginia Ave Park & Pico Blvd Farmers Markets - Saturdays
    • Twilight Concert Series on the Pier - Autumn season
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    Anaheim:

    • Craft breweries - a burgeoning market for craft brews, Anaheim has become quite the craft scene. Visit Unsung Brewery and Anaheim Brewery to see the magic made and, of course, to sample the local suds.
    • Outlet shopping - Anaheim has no limit to its shopping opportunities. But for the best bargains and lucky finds, head to the assortment of outlets: Outlets at Orange, Citadel Outlets, an Outlets at San Clemente.
    • Yorba Regional Park - this pocket of lush greenery is located in a historic area of Anaheim adjacent to the Santa Ana River. Eat a picnic, stroll along the four lakes, bike around, and let the children run free in the playgrounds.


    Santa Monica:

    • California Heritage Museum - an unassuming house is home to the California Heritage Museum. This Official City Landmark features rotating exhibits showcasing fine arts, performing arts, history, culture, and nature that shape the state's living history.
    • Culinary & Street Art Bike Tours  - biking by way of food or street art tours is one of the most efficient and exciting ways to explore Santa Monica.
    • Museum of Flying - aviation buffs, unite! This museum celebrates the leaders and pioneering innovations in aviation and aerospace. Visit to find artifacts, a flight simulator, and more to get your imagination soaring.

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