Where I Want to go Gracie stone

My family does not travel very far anymore. The farthest I have been would be Wisconsin which is where my mom grew up. But I have always wanted to travel to the west coast.

Santa Monica Pier

This pier was originally built in 1909 and made to have pipe under it to run sewage into the ocean. That never happened. It opened on September 9, 1909 and had a pretty good turn out. It became instantly popular among fishers and was one of the best spots to fish. Between 1915 and 1916 the amusement park was added. They accomplished this by building a bigger and wider pier next to the smaller one. More people and entertainment became interesting in the pier. It has been growing ever since.

Why I want to go

It looks and sounds like a fun place to go and hang out. There are plenty of things to do there. Also with nice views of the ocean.

Hollywood Sign

In 1923, the Hollywood sign was constructed and was first read "HollywoodLand". In the mid 1940s the sign started to deteriorate and needed to be touched up. It was turned over to the City of Los Angeles. The 'Land' was removed in 1949 when the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Parks and Recreation decided to repair it. Then in 1978, the sign was completely demolished because there were letters falling down and vandalism. They used concrete to mount the steel frames and then the letters on the frames.

Why I want to go

You see in in TV shows and movies. Hear it referred to in music. It is a historical spot and even though you can't get right next the sign, I think it would be cool to see it in person.

Venice Beach Skatepark

Venice Beach Skate park was opened in 2009 right on the boardwalk and in front of the beach. This $2.4 million dollar project contains bowls to represent the only thing skaters had back in the 80s. It is always packed and for the most part a fun and encouraging environment.

Why I want to go

I have seen it is tv shows, movies, skateboard videos and it looks fun. Plenty of people to meet and skate with as well as other accommodations on the boardwalk you are able to walk or skate to. Plus the beach is on the other side.

Huntington Beach

This area was originally occupied by Tongva people. The area around was called "Shell Beach" in 1889. Then 20 years later the beach was incorporated under Ed Manning, its first mayor. The original developer was the Huntington Beach Company, which was owned by Henry Huntington, and where the name originated. It wasn't until 1925 that surfing became a thing in Huntington Beach. The first surf shop didn't open until 1952.

Why I want to go

I surf a little bit but waves in North Carolina do not compare to waves in California. It is known for really good waves and has the nickname of "Surf City". Also to see some of the surfing competitions as well would be fun.

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