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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Address: 92260, Santa Barbara, CA
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Ranked #21 of 144 Activities 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
52 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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58 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I was on this route a part of the hop on and off trolley. There were great scenic views including some very expensive houses!

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California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This drive along the shore is so breathtaking. It has such a European flare with the boats anchored off-shore and the gorgeous distant vistas.

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