Up for a morning stroll? Take a coffee to-go from our lobby and head for Santa Monica State Beach, stopping at the storied Original Muscle Beach — a fitness hotspot with a richer history than you might imagine. In the late 1930s, people would gather here to watch acrobats, gymnasts, wrestlers, and performers while they shot impressive stunts for Depression-era films.
Make another stop on your stroll, this time at an iconic sign on the Santa Monica Pier that marks the end of one of the most famous roadways in the United States, Route 66. Commissioned in 1926, this legendary Chicago to Los Angeles highway connected hundreds of small towns, provided a trucking route through the Southwest, and now exists as a symbol of the evolution of road transportation in the United States.