We'll probably have a couple extra hours on the way back from Yosemite to spend somewhere. I was thinking about the Santa Monica Pier area.
What is there to do there that is worthwhile? Is it worth the stop?
Any other recommendations?
Uh, hmm, what's the nice way to put it.....
No. It is not worthwhile, not worth the stop. Not for a naive Pittsburgher and his new bride. I'd have to steel you up for the culture shock first. It takes a bit of getting used to, this from first-hand experience.
I see you want something near the airport. I think Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach might be a little better. (Just a little.) Those are past LAX, but closer to LAX than Santa Monica. Shops, restaurants, and the beach.
"Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."
I love the Santa Monica Pier! It has a cute tiny amusement Park, a carrousel and a few tiny shops. The pier itself is nice and relaxing. I just love how historic it is. A few blocks from the pier is a mall and pedestrian mall.
Oh.... Venic Beach is my absolute fave but but your fiancee probably would die of shock LOL
No words, My tears won't make any room for more,
And it don't hurt, like anything I've ever felt before, this is
No broken heart,
No familiar scars,
This territory goes uncharted...
Manhattan is much closer to the airport, so it might be a bit more convenient for you. Overall, it's really better. Santa Monica Pier, well...I wouldn't call it 'nice'. It's sort of a mini eastern-boardwalk sort of thing. A few amusements, a few shops, a few eateries. Cleanliness is so-so for the pier. The ocean there is actually one of the dirtiest spots along the entire coastline.