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Surrounded by mountains on one side and the beach on another, the urban sprawl of Los Angeles seems to melt away as soon as you hit Santa Monica. This beachside city has a charm all of its own and is the essence of that classic postcard picture of Southern California. SaMo has more than enough going for it to justify its status as a separate city to Los Angeles, but we’re not here to argue about city borders. Instead, we’re here to help you fill that coveted, less-trafficked window between morning rush hour and happy hour with a trip to Santa Monica’s most essential attractions.
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