Hotel Erwin  

Beaches - Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles, California

Do: Rollerblade on the Boardwalk We would suggest some other spots, but if you're planning on rollerblading during your LA stay, you've really got to do it on the boardwalk at Venice Beach (you can rent rollerblades there). Crowded with bikers, fortune tellers, fire-eaters, and magicians, the boardwalk is a must-see. You can even roll by the famous Muscle Beach, where uber-tan and uber-jacked muscle men pump iron (and where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger got his start). Pictured: Street performer on the Venice Beach Promenade.

Stay: Hotel Erwin This eccentric 119-room hotel is perfect for budget-conscious travelers looking for large rooms and comfortable beds. Located in a hippie neighborhood with few other hotels, it's an easy walk from Venice Beach.

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