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Santa Barbara was our first overnight stop in CA. We drove up from LAX, via the Ronald Reagan Presidential museum in the Simi Valley...well worth a visit.
We stayed in Santa Barbara...or Goleta to be exact, for a couple of nights just to get used to our new surroundings and to get used to driving on the opposite side of the road, from the opposite side of the car...good fun.