I'll admit it, I have never been to the Santa Monica Pier before 2016.
Yes, California is huge. Yes, the pier is iconic. Yes, Santa Monica is beautiful. Yes, I know, I know.
BUT, now I have been and I can say it's underwhelming. The ferris wheel was smaller than what I thought it would be. The rides were overpriced. It was cool to go just to go. I feel as though I had the pier hyped up more in my mind than it actually was, so it was a bit of a let down for me. However, I still had fun looking at the shops, arcade, and soaking up the views.
The ride home had gorgeous views of the sunset. We even saw a very small sliver of a rainbow which was odd because there was no rain that day. However, rainbows are beautiful, so I'm not complaining.
Have you been to the Santa Monica Pier? What are your thoughts?