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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

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Address: 92260, Santa Barbara, CA

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What a view of Santa Barbara and the Ocean

Santa Barbara is a very beautiful city. The trolley tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to all.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Clifton, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Santa Barbara is a very beautiful city. The trolley tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to all.

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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The drive is good if you have nothing better to do, but I wasn't quite impressed. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely beautiful and scenic, and the road winds up and brings you to a cool high vantage point where you can see all of Santa Barbara. The route also takes you past a few cool spots where you can... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We decided to hire a convertible and take the coast down to Santa Barbra! The drive was beautiful and great to see the California landscape! When is Santa Barbra we checked out the scenic drive! The town itself is beautiful and I wish we had had more time to explore; great example of California!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great views of the Pacific Ocean and beaches to visit. Lots of trees and glimpses of all kinds of homes along the way.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Thanks to the user who posted the google link that we could use on our phone to navigate the drive! https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zhQ13I4PkLug.k2v3Y5M6WXR8 We took a few detours off of Cliff Drive and up in the hills to get some better views and pictures. I felt oriented to the Santa Barbara area after this drive.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The best bit was out on the coast just past the main Santa Barbara drag called Arroyo Borro Beach - there is a nice restaurant there as well so maybe time the route to pass for lunch or brunch The drive is fairly well signed although a couple of places we had to do a good guess and followed a... More 

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Grapeview, Washington
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Enjoyed going on this scenic drive around the Santa Barbara area. Have been here many times and this was the first I had heard of it. We started heading SW on Cabrillo Blvd and followed the scenic route signs, however they don't always provide one at every turn. As another post mentioned, check out the review from bmalloy on January... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We did not enjoy because we went during peak hour traffic so could not enjoy the view safely. I suggest you go early morning on a weekend or off peak on a week day to get the most from your drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

From the vehicle the views were spectacular. The sunsets, the palm trees, and flora are something to be seen.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Not a long drive, but filled with amazing history and beautiful architecture. And great places to have lunch along the way.

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