The exotic locations in the world can give one a serious itch to get out of their homes to go capture these beautiful locations. What most people don’t realize is that those beautiful locations they are lusting after can be found in the United States itself. Perhaps the most photogenic of them all is Santa Monica which is in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
And while there, capturing images that will stir up a longing in whoever comes across them, there are various places you can visit while taking a break from other activities.
Camera Obscura Art LabThis may sound like the title of a film in the noir genre, seeing as Hollywood isn’t too far away, it is actually the name of a physical phenomenon dealing with light and how lenses operate. While this phenomenon may have informed how the cameras of today work, the people of Santa Monica have turned it into an art exhibition.
An actual Camera Obscura was opened to the public in 1898 and has since become a sensation with history buffs and tourists within the Santa Monica area. The darkroom is perfect for understanding how a camera works. The associated images are also amazing.
Santa Monica Pier
This location may be immediately recognizable for the people who grew up playing the Grand Theft Auto San Andreas game. It is the pier that is built right at the end of a busy street, and it has a big Ferris wheel attached to one corner of the pier.
The pier also has a roller coaster on it and a classic carousel in the Looff Hippodrome. There are a variety of restaurants, as well as a food court, available to fulfill whatever you are craving. There’s an aquarium there as well for those who love marine life.
If you are the outdoor events kind of person, then the Santa Monica Pier is home to several events throughout the year. You might just meet the most interesting people you’ve ever come across in those events.
The Santa Monica Pier is also home to the Pacific Park. It has the distinction of being the only park to be located on a pier on the entire Western Seaboard. If you are worried about cost, don’t. It is the only admission-free park in Los Angeles.
3rd Street Promenade
You may have come across many photos of entire street sections that have been made only for pedestrians. The most famous of these can be found in Paris. However, Santa Monica is home to one of the prettiest pedestrians only blocks, if it isn’t the prettiest.
The promenade stretches all the way from Wilshire Boulevard, down the entire Third Street, onwards to Colorado Avenue, the street at which Santa Monica Pier is at the end. You can get your shopping done from the myriad of stores that line the street. While the charm of the old shapes has been replaced by chain stores, it is still an excellent way to get your shopping done.
If you time your visit well, you can get fresh produce from the farmer’s market that runs every Wednesday morning. If you have some hours to kill, you can come back in the evening and get entertained by the variety of street performers. The festive atmosphere they put up is something you definitely want to capture to show your friends on social media.