Santa Monica is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Los Angeles and its easy to see why with its miles of gorgeous beaches and a hip center. It's a community that manages to balance a beach vibe with a cosmopolitan flair, providing locals and visitors alike with a diverse place to explore. On top of its enviable geographic location – and sometimes because of it – Santa Monica has a bevy of incredible attractions. Several of these attractions have to do with the landscape: beaches with soft sand and picture worthy blue lifeguard towers plus a gorgeous beach walk area running parallel to the beach with green foliage and palm trees. Add into that the glimmering water of the Pacific Ocean as the sun (which appears bright and yellow nearly every day) hits it and you have a recipe for outdoor bliss. Santa Monica also has a variety of museums featuring items ranging from historical artifacts to modern art. In addition, shopaholics will enjoy the shopping that can be found in Santa Monica, particularly along Third Street Promenade, the most famous street in Santa Monica. And then...there's the pier, Santa Monica's most prominent landmark and an impossible to miss attraction. From nature to amusement parks, Santa Monica has an attraction to delight a wide range of interests.