Things to do in Santa Barbara

Popularly known for its Mediterranean climate and Spanish architectural buildings, Santa Barbara is a cute waterfront town nestled between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. We went to the popular tourist destinations during the Thanksgiving holidays in 2012 and this was our schedule.

Day 1
We stayed in Santa Barbara for two nights and visited:
 - Carpinteria Beach
 - Stearns Wharf

Day 2
On the second day in Santa Barbara, we took it easy and went to:
 - Red Tile Walking Tour
 - Leadbetter Beach

After dinner in Santa Barbara, we drove south for 3 hours to Oxnard. 

Day 3
This was my favorite day of this trip
 - Channel Islands National Park

Day 4 
On the last day, we returned to the Bay Area and stopped at:
 - Ostrichland and City of Solvang

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A - Carpinteria State Beach
A family-friendly beach close to Santa Barbara, rich in tidepools offering hiking trails with views of the Pacific Ocean, Chevron Oil Pier, Rincon Island and Harbor seals. See Details...

B - Stearns Wharf
The longest deep water pier between San Francisco and Los Angeles, hosting a number of restaurants and offering a breathtaking view of Santa Barbara downtown and Santa Barbara harbor. See Details...

C - Red Tile Walking Tour
A self-guided walk along 22 historic places in the Santa Barbara downtown. See Details...

D - Leadbetter Beach
A family-friendly beach near the Santa Barbara Harbor, ideal to spend an hour or so to relax on the beach shores. See Details...

E - Channel Islands National Park
Santa Cruz Island is one of the five Channel Islands located near the Santa Barbara coast. A popular hiking, camping and kayaking destination rich in sea-life, offering stunning views of the beautiful Pacific waters and natural sea caves. Whales and dolphins are a common sight while taking the ferry to the islands. See Details...

F - Ostrichland and City of Solvang
A beautiful Danish town near Santa Barbara, popular for its unique architecture and for Ostrichland, a farm for emus and ostriches. See Details...

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