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Keep This List of 12 Pit Stops Handy the Next Time You Take a Road Trip to LA

Extreme Activities, Places to Stay and Where to Grub

Written By: Ashlee Polarek Santa Monica Activities

California is a state of endless beauty, from scorching deserts and towering ancient trees to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign; there is no limit to the beauty the state has to offer and there is no better place to road trip than on the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica. This city is where authentic tacos and Ethiopian food can be consumed on the same day, but still the best part may be the fact that you don’t have to leave California to embark on an incredible road trip! Bon Voyage!

Santa Monica Activities

Go HAM With These Extreme Experiences

Take an Aerial Physique Class

First Class: $30

Take an intro to Aerial Silk class with Aerial Physique. During the intro class students learn the basics including foot locks, inversion and climbing to step outside of your comfort zone. Good for flexibility and core strength, these classes are a great way to get in shape and begin your journey into the world of extreme.

Aerial Physique
8717 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90301


Rock Climb in the Dark

A Day Pass for Self-Supervised Climbers: $20
First Time Climbers Introductory Class: $35

Located in the historic 1904 Edison Steam Power Plant, Stronghold Climbing Gym offers an array of climbing options for the experienced and for newbies. Guests can choose top-roping, crack climbing or bouldering all in the dark! Be sure to check this spot out and don’t forget your headlamp.

Stronghold Climbing Gym
650 S Avenue 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Fly Trapeze

Flying Trapeze Class: $55-$65

Start on the pier, at the Trapeze School New York (TSNY) Los Angeles. The students are strapped into safety belts and take to the sky where you get to attempt your first trick—the knee hang. This is definitely an activity that will get your blood pumping and heart racing.

Trapeze School New York, Los Angeles
370 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Take a Bite Out of These Delicious Dishes

Burger With a Twist

M Street Kitchen

Must Order: Beach Club Salad

At M Street Kitchen, you have to order the Beach Club Salad. Grilled chicken breast cozies up next to cucumber, summer corn, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and blue cheese in a bed of romaine and tossed in a delish Italian vinaigrette.


This is How We Roll


Must Order: To-Go Nozawa TRUST ME or LITE

Stop at SUGARFISH if you want a sushi restaurant that pushes the boundaries. Here guests can choose from three simpli ed menus to ensure an unbelieveable sushi experience—you can’t go wrong with taking your meal to-go with the TRUST ME or LITE options.


Not Your Average Flatbread


Must Order: Seafood Tower

Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey woos guests with dishes like Seafood Tower at Herringbone. On weekdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. guests can indulge in $1 oysters, or $9 Margherita Flatbread during their Oyster Hour.

Santa Monica Activities

Instagram-Worthy Stops

-Pink Paul Smith Wall

8221 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Santa Monica Activities

-Carrera Cafe

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8251 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Santa Monica Activities

-Made in LA Wall at Cisco Home

8025 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Santa Monica Activities

-Urban Light at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Santa Monica Activities

-The Brandy Melville “California” Wall

Located adjacent to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Activities

-Craig’s Restaurant

8826 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Ashlee is a freelance writer with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food. After obtaining her degree in Journalism she took the world by storm teaching in South Korea and giving motivation speeches across the United States. She can often be found on road-trips, plane rides and cooking up her favorite meal from her most recent travels. The anti-homebody loves a good hike, good book and a day spent with friends.


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