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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

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Address: 92260, Santa Barbara, CA

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Guided Tour is the Way to Go

We really recommend using a local guide to take you on a tour of Santa Barbara. There is a lot of history and tradition. Also a lot of celebrates and notables have move from LA... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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171 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really recommend using a local guide to take you on a tour of Santa Barbara. There is a lot of history and tradition. Also a lot of celebrates and notables have move from LA to Santa Barbara. Our local guide pointed them out to us.

Thank VA-Short-Term
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017

Of the local scenery. Stop by the visitors center to obtain written directions. Navigating all the turns would be tough without directions.

Thank Deborah A
Carmichael, California
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017

My house is on the scenic drive so I am doubly aware of the length and breadth of the drive. It is lovely in some spots and not in others, but generally a great drive.

Thank B7785KLpatriciam
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017

Got lost and ended up at a dead end on top of a hill. Such a view! Had some rain and then treated to a double rainbow. Cool.

Thank SaraD656
Las Vegas, Nevada
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1,083 reviews
493 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2016

In addition to driving along PCH, be sure to drive through Santa Barbara. It is a scenic and beautiful place, great to see via car.

1 Thank LV_Lee
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Spent an hour driving the route to the see the many different facets of Santa Barbara - from the seafront to the lower hills. What a great place to live.

1 Thank RogerB2000
Arroyo Grande, California
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2016

One of the prettiest towns In California, we lived there years ago but now just visit, very expensive to live there, lot to see & do has a lovely Mall down town beautiful beach etc etc

Thank Lovely077
Hobart, Australia
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36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2016

Very lovely windy road, go through the ranch, you'll probably see someone riding their horse along the road. Beautiful houses, big park, and stunning trees lining the streets

1 Thank nixta86
Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed October 10, 2016

We stumbled upon this Scenic drive after visiting the mission. It is a great way to experience the beautiful views from the mountainside homes.

Thank susantF1596TS
Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016

My wife and I had read a number of positive reviews of this self-guided tour so stopped by the Tourist Office to pick up directions. As ususal, she was the navigator, and except for one confusing turn near the end, we managed to stay on course! It was wll worth the effort, and along the way we were led to... More 

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