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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Address: 92260, Santa Barbara, CA
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Ranked #11 of 146 things to do in Santa Barbara
Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks

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Arlington, Texas
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267 reviews 267 reviews
76 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Take the high drive aroun the east side of town, it ends at the mission and goes though some great lanscaped houses.

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47 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We found this to be a wonderful way to see some of the scenic views of Santa Barbara and the beautiful neighborhoods. Allow at least an hour and a half for this unless you don't plan to stop. We actually spent about 2 hours doing it. We stopped at several beaches for the views (Hendry Beach was very interesting) and... More 

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London
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Not to be missed if you have a little time to kill... well worth the experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Sun City, Arizona
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109 reviews 109 reviews
54 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you are in Santa Barbara, by all means do the drive. However, there is much prettier scenery in other parts of coastal California. Save your time for those drives if your tour time is limited.

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San Jose, CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've been to Santa Barbara dozens of times: on weekends when I lived in Los Angeles, several times with a friend who love the place and more after I became About.com's California travel expert in 1999. And I had never heard of the Santa Barbara Scenic Drive until I read about it here on Tripadvisor. There is an "official" drive,... More 

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Antibes, France
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

After a quick breakfast we went for a sunny morning walk along the beautiful beach of Santa Barbara, with the palm trees on the side and the mountains on the horizon. The stop on the wharf with all the shops was worth the time, could see some seals playing around.

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Virginia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
60 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Visitor's Center suggested taking the Scenic Drive Tour as an overview of the city. We were glad we did it as the weather was cold so walking would not have been comfortable. There are several beaches and parks to stop at and towards the end you will visit the Mission.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A place anyone would like to live! Fancy and cozy houses in front of the scenic beach. A woody and nice road.

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Santa Barbara, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Many people think of Santa Barbara according to what they see when passing through on the freeway. Yes, there`s some ocean and mountains, palm trees and a lot of red tile roofs. There`s so much more to discover and the Scenic Drive helps to place one in some of the more elegant, scenic and pristine areas within the city and... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Santa Barbara scenic drive is a must-do if you visit or live in California. We took the train just so we could both enjoy the lovely views.

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