Distance from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to Luxelab - 14.2 mi
Distance from BUR (Burbank Bob Hope Airport) to Luxelab - 22.1mi
Distance from LGB (Long Beach Airport) to Luxelab - 32.1 mi
Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave Santa Monica CA 90401
Local Area Resources:
Website for the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau
Website for the City of Santa Monica
The Santa Monica Pier is located on Santa Monica Bay near the western terminus of Interstate 10. The pier is a famous and historic 103 year old landmark that offers many amusement and dining opportunities. Anglers and sunset-chasers can be found near the end of the pier where fishing stations and a stadium seating type observation deck has been constructed. Passing near the anchorage of the pier is the Pacific Coast Highway (aka P-C-H). This stretch of road passes by some of the most beautiful parts southern California. As you travel north on the PCH the amazing cliffs of Santa Monica will be on your right and the expansive Santa Monica beach and Pacific Ocean will be on your left; soon you will be in the star studded city of Malibu. Just east of the cliffs is the world famous Third Street Promenade. The Third Street Promenade is a public entertainment venue in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws visits from locals and tourists alike. For a more eclectic view of California culture a visit to the Venice Boardwalk may be in order. The Venice Boardwalk, located just a few miles south of the Santa Monica Pier, offers the chance to watch street entertainers and the purchase of local crafts and wares. Near the Boardwalk is Muscle Beach, an outdoor work out facility made famous, in part, by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Other areas of interest
A few miles inland from Santa Monica you will come upon a few well known cities. The first city is Culver City. The classic film the “Wizard of Oz” was filmed at the Culver Studios in Culver City. Sony Pictures Studios, nearby, offers daily tours of their sound stages and sets. A recent revival of its downtown has made Culver City a “local” favorite for its shopping, dining and entertainment. Every week a Farmer’s Market closes Main Street from 3-7pm on Tuesdays. In the summer of 2012 light rail service began with a station in downtown Culver City. The Expo Line now connects Santa Monica with many other cities in the L.A Basin and San Fernando Valley including Long Beach, Hollywood and Van Nuys.
Just north east of Culver City is Beverly Hills; yup, 90210. One of the crown jewels of the Westside, Beverly Hills is unrivaled in regards to shopping, dining, celebrity spotting and all things luxurious. The famed Rodeo Drive and iconic Beverly Hills city limit signs are just a few of the sites making Beverly Hills worth a stop. The high end and luxurious is offset by the dedication to culture and natural beauty. In Beverly Hills you will find the thriving Beverly Hills’ Farmers Market on Sunday’s, exhibits at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences all week, and acres upon acres of well-manicured gardens.
Continuing east from Beverly Hills is Hollywood. The glitz and glam of Hollywood can be seen on just about every street corner. A stop at Hollywood & Highland, a centralized dining and shopping location, is a must. Nearby, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame is Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where you can place your hands in the voids left behind by some of Hollywood’s elite as they cast their hand and foot prints in cement. A short drive into the Hollywood hills along Beachwood Drive will take you into the neighborhood of Hollywoodland. At the end of Beachwood Drive is a trailhead that will take you into the hills for two magnificent views: one from in front of the Hollywood Sign and one from above and behind the Hollywood Sign.