Santa Monica Boulevard

Historic Route 66

West Hollywood has never been known for following trends. It's known for setting them, and nowhere else is this more apparent than Santa Monica Boulevard.

This eclectic thoroughfare, which was once an industrial strip of road dotted with film studios as well as the Los Angeles Pacific railway, connects the east side of Los Angeles with the Pacific Ocean, passing through Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles and ending in Santa Monica. And while this street goes through various personas as you head in either direction, nowhere is Route 66 more diverse, fun and pedestrian-friendly than the 1.9-mile stretch that runs through West Hollywood.

Route 66 was America's main road in the 1950s for travellers heading west, and today, you can still see signage for Route 66. West Hollywood's portion of "The Boulevard" runs from La Brea Avenue on the east to Doheny Drive on the west.

On Santa Monica Boulevard's eastern side, visitors can check out local favourite bars and restaurants such as Laurel Hardware, The Surly Goat, The Hudson, Salt Cure and the James Beard Award-nominated "seafood shack," Connie and Ted's.

Heading west, you arrive in the heart of West Hollywood and discover unique celebrity-frequented restaurants, eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gyms and bookstores. Noting the rainbow flags along The Boulevard, this area is where you see first-hand the guiding principle on which West Hollywood was built: the freedom to be yourself and to live life your own way. Santa Monica Boulevard is home to the most popular gay and lesbian scene in Los Angeles, with popular gay nightclubs like The Abbey, Here Lounge,

Micky's, Gym Sports Bar, Fiesta Cantina and revolver, all of which are bustling on any given evening. From upscale to laid back, anyone fits in when you're experiencing Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood!

Insider Tips

The Pickup Line is a fun and free trolley service that operates on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 3am. Look for the brightly coloured trolleys, which stop at designated stops along Santa Monica Boulevard between La Peer Avenue and Fairfax Boulevard.

Santa Monica Boulevard is a pedestrian and per friendly, with wide sidewalks, many crosswalks, and outdoor cafes.

Parking structures on or near Santa Monica Boulevard include the Municipal Parking Structure at the West HollywoodLibrary, on the corner of San Vicente and Melrose. More information can be found by visiting. and clicking on Parking Services.

Parking on streets adjacent to The Boulevard is mostly permit-only due to the residential community, so be sure to read the street signs. You can obtain day permit passes from the West Hollywood's Sheriff's station

(This article has been reproduced from the West Hollywood Travel Guide as produced by weho visit west hollywood and designed by Pacific Design Centre)

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