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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

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Address: 92260, Santa Barbara, CA

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Of the local scenery. Stop by the visitors center to obtain written directions. Navigating all the turns would be tough without directions.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Deborah A
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Of the local scenery. Stop by the visitors center to obtain written directions. Navigating all the turns would be tough without directions.

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My house is on the scenic drive so I am doubly aware of the length and breadth of the drive. It is lovely in some spots and not in others, but generally a great drive.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got lost and ended up at a dead end on top of a hill. Such a view! Had some rain and then treated to a double rainbow. Cool.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

In addition to driving along PCH, be sure to drive through Santa Barbara. It is a scenic and beautiful place, great to see via car.

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Spent an hour driving the route to the see the many different facets of Santa Barbara - from the seafront to the lower hills. What a great place to live.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

One of the prettiest towns In California, we lived there years ago but now just visit, very expensive to live there, lot to see & do has a lovely Mall down town beautiful beach etc etc

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Very lovely windy road, go through the ranch, you'll probably see someone riding their horse along the road. Beautiful houses, big park, and stunning trees lining the streets

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We stumbled upon this Scenic drive after visiting the mission. It is a great way to experience the beautiful views from the mountainside homes.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

My wife and I had read a number of positive reviews of this self-guided tour so stopped by the Tourist Office to pick up directions. As ususal, she was the navigator, and except for one confusing turn near the end, we managed to stay on course! It was wll worth the effort, and along the way we were led to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

On our way from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara we headed for Solvang, a lovely little Danish town, then onto the 154 which takes you to Santa Barbara. The drive is through the wine country and hills, much better than taking the 101

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