California Beaches: Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier, which has a Ferris wheel, historic carousel building and eateries, attracts more than 4 million visitors a year. In the 1970s, when the city of Santa Monica threatened to tear down the pier for a redevelopment project, citizens rallied to save it. Riders are silhouetted by the setting sun as they take a spin on the Pacific Wheel, hailed as the world's first solar-powered Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.
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