Welcome to Santa Monica

Yacht Harbor Sign - Santa Monica, California

Yacht Harbor Sign – Santa Monica, California

I know that traffic in LA can get congested, so I left an adequate amount of time to head west to Santa Monica. Even so, it probably took over an hour to drive, park, and walk to the famous sign. We arrived just before sunset — I guess our timing was perfect.

Santa Monica is an upscale beach community. Beyond the sign and down the pier is the Pacific Ocean. This is also the place where the famous Route 66 ends. Research revealed that initially, in 1926, Route 66 ended at 7th and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. A decade later, it was extended into Santa Monica, but a mile short of the beach. In 2009, in conjunction with the Route 66 Alliance, an unofficial “End of Trail” sign was added on the pier.

Last August, when I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was on this famous route, roughly 1,5000 miles away from Santa Monica. I’m hoping that someday I’ll take a photographic road trip down Route 66 from Oklahoma to California.

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