Santa Monica trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Santa Monica

Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  Santa Monica
(4.1/5 based on 32,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, shopping, beaches

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles. Home to a mixture of Hollywood celebrities, surfers, and students, Santa Monica is a prosperous city, its real estate values among the priciest in the world. Located just 24 km (15 mi) west of downtown Los Angeles, "SaMo," as the locals call it, provides those on vacation with a convenient base for excursions into the surrounding area, including the local landmark pier. The city offers not only hundreds of hotel, restaurant, and entertainment options, but also easy accessibility for trips to other popular communities along the coast, including Malibu and Beverly Hills, where the list of things to do is endless. Use our United States family vacation planner to arrange the details of your trip to Santa Monica and other destinations.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Santa Monica

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Santa Monica

Santa Monica's hotels range from luxury to boutique, offering more than 3,500 rooms located at or near the waterfront. Staying at a beachfront resort can cost a bundle, so if you have a limited budget in mind, consider accommodations away from the water. Hotels just a few blocks from the ocean offer comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV at a fraction of the cost charged by their beachfront equivalents. For an even more affordable stay, consider one of the city's inns or motels.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Santa Monica:
Museums, theme parks, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Museums, zoos & aquariums, sightseeing
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Theme parks, nightlife, spas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Scenic drive, shopping, historic sites
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Theme parks, museums, wildlife areas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Santa Monica

5 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Houston, Dallas & California BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in California & Nevada BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in West Hollywood, Los Angeles & Santa Monica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, beaches, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in California BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 41 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News