When night falls at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles!
The Santa Monica Pier, picturesquely situated on the coast, was built in 1908. With the Ferris wheel about 40 meters above the Pacific Ocean, it is still one of the most famous sights in Los Angeles and especially at night by its illumination visible from afar.
Some of us know the pier and ferris wheel of postcards or series and films that play in Los Angeles, such as Forrest Gump. For example, thanks to the film, there is a Bubba Gump shrimp restaurant on Santa Monica Pier.
We visit the Santa Monica Pier regularly with our family when we are in Los Angeles. Our little grandson loves to ride the roller coaster or ferris wheel in the amusement park. The aquarium directly under the carousel with the starfish, crabs, sea urchins, etc., he likes very well and he could spend hours there.
The Pacific Park is not big and the rides are not spectacular, but they are just right for a little boy of three. In the universal studios or Disneyland he can not ride all the attractions and he is always very disappointed, here at the pier he can do that.
But he likes it best when it gets dark and the many colorful lights are everywhere on the pier.
When dawn starts and the sun goes down, it gets crowded at the pier. Now, the endless sandy beaches, and the sparkling in the light of the setting sun Pacific offer a dreamlike sight. The sound of the waves mixed with music, the fishermen casting their fishing rods, would-be acrobats and the countless street artists come to mind. In the evening, there is a very special atmosphere here.
From the pier you have a wonderful view of the ocean and the coast of Santa Monica. It is a very popular place with locals and tourists to watch the sunset.
When the sun sinks into the sea with an impressive play of colors of yellow, orange and red, or is reflected in the backdrop of Santa Monica, this is also always a fascinating experience for us.
The Monica Pier is considered the official western endpoint of the legendary Route 66, which is arguably one of America's most famous highways. This world famous road once led from Chicago to Los Angeles and later found its way to Santa Monica Pier.
Of course there is a shop very close to the sign where you can buy typical Route 66 souvenirs.
Tip from me: At the weekend it is very crowded, if possible visit during the week.