Santa Barbara – The American Riviera
The City of Santa Barbara (pop. 90,200) is located midway along a very scenic stretch of the Pacific Coast Hwy, between the Santa Ynez Mountains the ocean. It is one of the premier tourist destinations in Southern California and hometown of former president Ronald Reagan.
All the ingredients of a wonderful California vacation adventure can be found in the Santa Barbara area. This is a paradise of scenic beauty and diversity. The many outstanding attractions and hotel resorts in an ideal location have been drawing the rich and famous for over a century.
Santa Barbara County boasts the only stretch of Pacific Coastline (from Alaska to Cape Horn) that lies east-west. Its unique south-facing position is a key factor in its temperate climate.
From miles of white-sand beaches to the ranch lands of the Santa Ynez Valley to the award-winning wineries of North County – there is something sure to attract your attention. No wonder the locals call this area the “American Riviera”
Discovered in 1602 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian Vizcaino. In 1782 a Spanish fortress was built there followed in 1786 by the famous Mission. This Spanish heritage can be seen in the many white-washed adobe style buildings that grace this city.
Tour Morro Bay
In the heart of California’s Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Located next to historic San Luis Obispo and adjacent to great shopping, beaches, golf and adventure.
Mission Santa Barbara – Queen of the Missions
This is one of the best preserved of the old Spanish Mission of California. Only mission to stay in continuous use since founding. Original missionary residence and guest rooms are now a museum exhibit.
About the size of a city block in the center of town, El Presidio is a living history site interpreting the Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage of Santa Barbara for students, the local community, and visitors from all over the world.
Solvang Tourist Information
Traditional style Danish architecture is very abundant here and turns Solvang into a Little Denmark. Enjoy windmills, gaslamps, cobblestone walks. There are over 300 shops that sell Danish goods, arts, crafts, home furnishings and genuine Dutch bakeries.
Tour Stearns Wharf
This major Santa Barbara landmark is located at the foot of State St on the harbor. Built in 1872 it is the oldest operating wharf on the West Coast. Very famous in the 1930’s as main dock for floating casino ships. Today it is the site for the Sea Center Museum, fishing pier, gift shops, seafood market, and several restaurants.
Tour Santa Barbara Harbor
The Santa Barbara Harbor is a popular destination for fantastic views of the sea and the mountains. It is a working harbor where you can witness the ongoing operations of commercial fishing boats, private sailboats, catamarans, yachts and ferries. It is also home to several outstanding seafood restaurants.
Tour Santa Maria
Quiet vacation getaway in the heart of the Central California coast.
Home to the Vanderberg AFB – Missile/ rocket launch center.
Tour Channel Islands National Park
Accessible only by boat, these islands are a primary home for marine mammals and nesting sea birds. Primitive camping, diving, sportsfishing and boating opportunities abound.
Tour Los Padres National Forest
Large wilderness preserves covering coastal, desert and alpine terrain and sanctuary for the California Condor. Abundant camping, picnic grounds and hiking trail opportunities.
Tour Historic Downtown District
These historic adobes (mostly located in downtown) are colorful reminders of the city’s historic past.
Santa Barbara Museum Tour
Historic landmarks, libraries, mission, art, railroading, maritime, flight, vintage motorcyles and other extraordinary collections.
Tour Santa Barbara Beaches
There are twelve well maintained public beaches along the coastline with a host of aquatic recreational adventures.
The historic Goleta Depot is now home to the South Coast Railroad Museum.
Tour Santa Barbara Gardens Santa Barbara is home to many beautiful and well kept botanical gardens and orchid estates.
Tour UC Santa Barbara – Home of the Gauchos
1000-acre campus overlooking the ocean is home to famed art museum and other cultural exhibits.
Visit the fine beaches, polo clubs, museums, orchid fields and more.
Visit Casa Del Herrero, an Andalusion style country estate that reflects Montecito life in the 1930’s.
Tour Pacific Coast Highway One writer described it as ‘The country’s most picturesque stretch of asphalt.’ For many long stretches, the highway separates rolling green hills from high ocean-cliffs overlooking the blue pacific. And various towns along the way provide even more atmosphere for adventure and flavor. This place is a popular honeymoon destination.
Tour San Luis Obispo..
Exciting vacation getaway ideas on the Central California Coast including Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, San Simeon, Cambria and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
Mission San Luis Obispo – Old town charm typical of central California
Morro Bay – Look for the giant rock jutting out of the ocean.
Pismo Beach – Another favorite beach resort getaway
Pacific Coast Highway – Journey along California’s famous highway 1
San Simeon – Home of Hearst Castle