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Santa Barbara Travel Guide

Plan your trip to Santa Barbara with SafeRide Transport! Sometimes referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is fantastic vacation spot with something for everyone. The area features some of California’s best golf, wine tasting, seafood, beaches, and more. A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, and usually 10-20 degrees cooler, Santa Barbara is fantastic getaway from the LA heat.

From Summerland, Mission Canyon, Montecito, and more, Santa Barbara travel guide will get you started.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

State Street

State Street is the heart of Santa Barbara and consists of seven straight miles of shops. Santa Barbara’s most famous avenue has more than 300 shops and stores including art galleries, theaters, and museums such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Close to everything the area has to offer, State Street is the perfect spot to start your Santa Barbara vacation.

Santa Barbara Bowl

This open-air concert venue is very similar to its much more famous cousin the Hollywood Bowl. However, maybe, that’s why it’s a much more intimate venue. The 4,562-seat amphitheater is open for concerts from April through October. The nearby Scranton Overlook provides views of Carpinteria and Hope Ranch. Get to your next concert in Santa Barbara with a SafeRide Transport car service.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Visiting a courthouse may not be on top your vacation list, but the Santa Barbara County Courthouse offers Spanish-Moorish architecture and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns. Atop the 85-foot "El Mirador" clock tower is the perfect spot for scenic photos.

Urban Wine Trail

If you’re on State Street, be sure to check out the urban wine scene. There are dozens of tasting rooms and wineries throughout the city. The Urban Wine Trail is comprised of around 20 tasting rooms around the Funk Zone area, which includes Grassini Family Vineyards, Riverbench, and Cottonwood Canyon Winery. Pedicabs are available along the tail and throughout State Street.

Sterns Wharf

Perhaps one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic landmarks, Sterns Wharf is located at the end of State Street. It’s California’s oldest working wharf and one of the best places to pick up clam chowder in Southern California. The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is closest thing you’ll get to New England in the west coast! Enjoy the sun and salty breezes at the most visited attraction in Santa Barbara, CA.