From Native Americans to Spanish exploration, from Mexican ownership to dusty American settlement—Tom Carroll, of Tom Explores Los Angeles, will lead you on a tour covering 7,000 years of Santa Monica history by foot and by bike.

Ready to travel back in time with Tom? Download this audio guide narrated by Tom to help you navigate your history of Santa Monica and beyond. Remember to share photos of your tryathlon on social media using #GoSaMo to win some sweet GoSaMo swag like a free t-shirt and buttons.

Starting Point: Downtown Santa Monica Station

Pacific Electric, also known as the Red Car system, lay the tracks for what is today the Expo Light Rail line to the beach in Santa Monica.

Time to next stop: 3 minute by foot

Stop #1: Sears

The Sears store, built in 1946, is one of many department stores that opened in the years immediately after World War II to capitalize on the pent-up consumer demand unleashed once the war ended.

Time to next stop: 3 minutes by foot

Stop #2: Santa Monica City Hall

City Hall was built in 1938-39 by architects Donald B. Parkinson --  the same architect who designed many other noteworthy structures around Los Angeles, including the original campus of the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles City Hall, and Union Station.

Time to next stop: 2 minutes by foot

Stop #3: Tongva Park

The park name celebrates the rich culture and traditions of the indigenous Tongva people who have lived in this region for thousands of years.

Time to next stop: 4 minutes by bike or 5 minutes by foot

Pro-tip: There is a Breeze Bike station on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Olympic Place where you can easily hop on a bike and make your way to the next stop.

Stop #4: Palisades Park

In 1892, the park was gifted by the city’s founders, Robert Baker, his wife, Arcadia Baker (for whom there is a bust in the park's rose garden), and Senator John P. Jones (for whom there is a memorial in the park).

Stop #5: Santa Monica Pier (viewed from Palisades Park)

Like most piers, the Santa Monica Pier was built as a sewer outfall conduit in 1909. This practice stopped in the 1920’s. Soon after, the first concrete pier on the West Coast was built, but it was quickly knocked down as the metal braces began to rust and collapse. The last construction of the Pier was built using old, treated wood.

Time to next stop: 3 minutes by bike or 8 minutes by foot

Image courtesy of Tony Hisgett

Stop #6: Saint Monica Statue

In 1776, a portola expedition was sent to these shores to see if the land was any good. These men stumbled upon a natural spring which reminded them of the tears that Saint Monica had shed.

Time to next stop: 1 minute by foot

Image courtesy of Maria Gilbert

Stop #7: John P. Jones Memorial

This was the spot that John P. Jones came to see the sunset every day towards the end of his life.

Time to next stop: 2 minutes by bike or 7 minutes by foot

Stop #8: Redwood Pergola

This intricate, beautifully crafted structure was built in 1912, but who built it remains lost to history. By 1984, the base of the structure began to rot, but thanks to a few very patient people who painstakingly pulled apart the structure piece by piece, poured a concrete foundation, and put it all back together.

Time to next stop: 2 minutes by bike or 9 minutes by foot

Image courtesy of the Santa Monica Conservancy

Stop #9: Annenberg Community Beach House (viewed from Palisades Park)

William Randolph Hearst, a publishing tycoon, built the beach house for his mistress, the famous silent movie actress Marion Davies and commissioned the same architect who built Hearst Castle.

Time to next stop: 3 minutes by bike

Image courtesy of the Santa Monica Conservancy

Stop #10: Miramar Moreton Bay Fig Tree

This 80-foot tall Moreton Bay Fig Tree is the second largest of its kind in California, and possibly the United States. It was planted more than a century ago at Miramar, the private estate of Senator Percival Jones.

Time to next stop: 2 minutes by bike or 8 minutes by foot

Final Stop: Rapp Saloon

The Rapp Saloon was built in 1875 and is the oldest surviving brick building in the city. It even served as Santa Monica’s City Hall for two years and was the city's first landmark.

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