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Im staying a fortnight in Santa Barbara and then flying to Las Vegas and San francisco.Which other places can I visit when in Santa Barbara by car?

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If you like to wine taste, go to Los Olivos. Montecito is a very nice, upscale city to visit, just minutes away from Santa Barbara.

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With two weeks in Santa Barbara, you will have plenty of time to explore.

Disneyland, Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios are all reachable and do-able in a long day.

Hollywood and Sunset Strip, Santa Monica and Malibu would be another good day trip.

The Santa Ynez Valley is a 45 minute drive. You can taste wine, see a lavender farm, feed ostriches and look at some spectacular scenery. You can also rent a boat and go fishing or exploring on Lake Cachuma.

While in Santa Barbara, you should certainly go on a whale watching trip and go on the Land Shark tour.

Your days can be filled with lots of things, or you could relax. Ask your hotel's concierge about other side trips. I'm sure they can recommend lots for you to do.

Have a great time.


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Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. Morro Bay: Has a quaint little shopping and eating area all the water which is good to stroll around in an afternoon. Its also close to Montana de Oro state park which has beautiful hiking trials (most of which are very easy) through the forest and along the beatiful and rugged coast. Great place to spot wildlife.

2. San Simeon and Hearst Castle: Northwest of San Luis Opispo but if you haven't ever been there its worth the trip. Its a magical place and the tours are a lot of fun. You can kill a whole day at this jewel of the central coast. If you decide to do this get reservations in advance to avoid waiting along time once you get there. (www.hearstcastle.com)

3. San Luis Obispo itself is very nice. I love the downtown area for shopping, people watching and eating at one of the restuarants along the creek. Dinner at the Madonna Inn is fun because of the hotel is famously eccentric. . . if you don't know the Modonna Inn check out its website (www.madonnainn.com) the place is so over the top. Also, the Farmers Market on Thursday evenings is a blast (on Higuera Street).

4. Santa Ynez Valley Wineries: Tons of places to go wne tasting. My personal favorite because of the beauty of the surrounding area, the beauty of the winery itself and availability of a place to picnic is Sunstone winery. (www.sunstonewinery.com) Check it out, you will not be disappointed.

5. Of course, Santa Barbara (where I live and love) has TONS of stuff to do, but that was not the subject of your post.

6. North Ventura: Along Main Street there is a lot of cool little boutiques and antique shops, cool places to eat and the Mission San Buenaventura (http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org) , Primary areas of activity include California Street and Main Street between Ventura Avenue and Fir Street. Located in downtown is also the historic Ortega Adobe, home to the Ortega family, now famous for their chile products.

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You'll probably see the mission in Santa Barbara but La Purisima Mission in the Santa Ynez valley is worth a visit--isolated and well-restored, it gives you a real feeling of "old California."

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Hi Patrizialollo-

Lots of great suggestions here. One that no one mentioned is Cambria. It's a charming seaside town with a gorgeous walking trail along the waterside, many great restaurants, and nearby wineries (only 15 minutes away) in Paso Robles.

I second visiting the Hearst Castle - it's a showstopper.

Have fun!


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