Santa Barbara Tours and Vacation Packages
As a bridge between Northern and Southern California, Santa Barbara is characterized by long stretches of beach leading into the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Like its French counterpart, “The American Riviera” is lined with glamorous eateries where you can sip local wines and dine al fresco, indulging in the sultry sea breeze. Stroll along Stearns Wharf for a view of the harbour and town, with the looming Santa Ynez Mountains in the backdrop, before trying some fresh seafood. Mediterranean and Spanish-style architecture characterize this coastal city, marked by dusty red tones and wood accents juxtaposed against white stucco walls.
Santa Barbara’s walkable downtown core is an impressively dense amalgamation of history and culture. Almost two dozen notable buildings point toward the city’s origins, including Presidio State Historic Park, a former Spanish fort dating from 1782, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and the oldest fig tree in the world. In between the eclectic wine bars and restaurants lie several museums and art collections, featuring local and international exhibits.
Just offshore lies the dramatic ridges of Channel Islands National Park, a sapphire-blue archipelago that allows for spearfishing, diving in sea caves, and spectacular hiking views. Allow your eyes to hunt the surface for whales when you’re at sea, whose coastal waters are a major passageway for orcas, humpbacks, and blue whales. Bring a picnic as you explore Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara’s vast backyard, known for its lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and mountain chains.
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Western ValuesMODERATE | SELF DRIVE: Breathtaking canyons, the magnificent Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree, Lake Powell, and Yosemite are among the dramatic highlights of this heady mix of stunning western landscapes. Los Angeles bookends your trip, but the stretch from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-sea and Santa Barbara adds gorgeous Pacific coastline scenery. As for entertainment, how about stops in Laughlin, Fresno and, of course, Las Vegas.
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