Day Trips in Santa BarbaraEdit This
The coastal city of Santa Barbara has plenty of sights to see and things to do. It's a beautiful location right off Highway 101 with breathtaking mountains to the East and the Pacific Ocean beaches to the West. Try to plan ahead for your Santa Barbara Day Trip so you are able to visit all the locations within the city and surrounding area that you'd really like to see. It's a short distance from Los Angeles, approximately two hours by car. If you don't want to deal with the hassles of freeway traffic, take the Amtrak train which will get you there in about three hours. However you decide to get to Santa Barbara, you'll certainly enjoy your time there.
Santa Barbara Sights
If you're looking to stay within the city limits, visit Stearns Wharf and State Street. Here you'll find a historic pier with views of both the city and surrounding mountains. Then stop off in one of the many restaurants and enjoy all types of foods from gourmet cuisines to the simple burger and fries. There are several trails to explore that lead you from the pier out to Shoreline Park. Take a romantic walk on the beach with your loved one, or make it a family affair by renting one of the beach cruisers available.
The Channel Islands National Park
If you've never been out to the Santa Cruz Islands, you should try to make time to go there. You can either rent a kayak and get yourself there, or take one of the boats that make a trip to the islands. It's truly an amazing way to spend part of the day or even the entire day. You'll come in contact with marine animals in their natural habitat, plus take in the gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain range in the distance.
Santa Barbara Zoo
The Zoo in Santa Barbara is a fun trip for families, couples or friends just wanting to spend a few hours together. There are many exciting animal exhibits, lots of space to roam and the zoo can be explored fully in just a few short hours.
If you're willing to travel a bit further outside of Santa Barbara, go to Hearst Castle which is approximately 2 to 3 hours away from the city. This was the infamous vacation home of the one and only newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and his extended family. It's an amazing tour to go on exploring the castle itself, the grounds and all of the eccentric architecture and statues contained within it.