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Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

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Melbourne, Australia
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Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

We are coming from Australia and have 4 nights in LA and plan on 2 days disneyland, that leaves us 2 nights but 3 days.

Never been beyond Malibu so was thinking of a day trip to Santa Barbara or is it worth staying a night or a day trip enough? Is it about 2 hours? and what are the options if we were not game enough to drive it ourselves?

3 girls in their late 30's, we have few nights in vegas before flying back to LA and eventually flying out of LAX.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1. Re: Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

Are you planning to stay in LA and do two day trips to Disneyland?Better to base yourself in Anaheim rather than LA.

Fremont, California
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2. Re: Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

Worth it depends upon what else you want to do.....

Yes, the ocean area of Santa Barbara is scenic; there is dining opportunities; etc.

There is the historical mission.

If its worth it, depends on your personal interests and what you want to do

many however do very much enjoy going there for week-ends or longer

so to many it is "worth it"

Adelaide, Australia
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3. Re: Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

I would say that Santa Barbara- the American Riviera- is worth an overnight stay...

Visit the Biltmore Four Seasons for lunch in the Bella Vista- follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in "It's Complicated" (scenes were filmed there)

The beach is great

Stearns Wharf offers great seafood

Well worthwhile...

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

Thanks - Yes plan to stay in anaheim when going disney, like to be able to walk to disney.

Thanks for all the tips, I think a night stay looks the go for sure and can then enjoy a sunset and dinner in Santa Barbara, then a breakfast too as food looks great.

thanks for tip on Bella Vista, i love that movie :)

Now to scroll other answers to find a good accommodation.

Hobart, Australia
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5. Re: Santa Barbara - day trip from LA or over night stay?

Hi Onie,

Fellow Australians. We have been to Santa Barbara before ( 7 yrs ago) and we are coming back again in August. For us it was a fantastic escape up the Ventura Highway from LA in a convertible to overnight there. The trolley bus up the mall in Santa Barbara was fun, beaches are ok , but the laid back feel is really great (I think that they are wannabe Aussies) That trip we did the Mission ( 3 - 10) but had great food in Santa Barbara - ate at Enterprise Seafood for dinner. Stay somewhere near the ocean. Santa Barbara is a nice low key spot well away from the hustle and bustle of LA. We seriously recommend staying overnight here.

Edited: 6:49 am, March 04, 2014
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