things to see santa monicaThere’s no better way to enjoy your trip to Santa Monica than by renting a bike to explore the city. The motorized traffic is bad, but the weather is always ideal for biking. If you don’t feel that your fitness level is quite up to the challenge of an entire day on bike, you can always rent an electric bike that will save you some pedaling when you feel too tired.

The 26-Mile Bike Path

You can’t tell anybody you’ve been in Santa Monica unless you’ve taken a bike tour on the Strand. Enjoy a relaxed day – you’re not competing against anybody here and you don’t have to prove anything – speed is not the point of the exercise, sightseeing is. If you’ve been watching any movie set in California, you’ve probably decided that the main tourist attractions are the beautiful people, and there’s no better place to see them than on the pier and on the bike trails.

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Try to enjoy the trail when you’re not in a hurry to get anywhere – it’s fairly crowded, so going at top speed is not an option. Also, there are frequent situations where the bike trail is shared with pedestrians, so you’ll have to slow down and slalom around a bit in order to get ahead – but that just leaves more time to admire the ocean and the famous beaches. When you’re too tired, stop at any of the many cafes along the trail for lunch, or just for a coffee and some live music.

The Main Street and the Farmer’s Market

There’s nothing that you won’t find on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade: all kinds of shops, restaurants, cafes, and many, many events – you rarely get to go from one end to the other without seeing at least three different live events. On Sundays, there’s a Farmer’s Market where you can get fresh produce, or just mingle and watch the people who came to relax and enjoy the view.

The main street is fairly crowded on any given day (on Sundays more than ever), so rent a regular town bike for your trip – mountain bikes will do more harm than good. On the bright side, pretty much everything’s got bike parking facilities, so you won’t have problems leaving your ride behind while you enjoy a cup of coffee somewhere.

The Mandeville Canyon Road

This highly popular bike trail is considered to be the longest paved road in Los Angeles that’s actually a dead end. It’s a great trail for beginners, because the slope is almost nonexistent, but still, it rises to a quite impressive 1,000 feet above the city.

For those who want a bigger challenge, there’s also the Westridge-Canyonback trail, but make sure you only take it on a mountain bike, because it’s not paved, only a dirt trail.

Because people in Santa Monica are such partial to their bikes, there’s pretty much nowhere you can’t go on a bike. It’s by far the best way to enjoy the city, a lot better than by car. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, we offer a road bike delivery service in a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles. We can help get you an amazing deal on a professional road bike.

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