Los Angeles might be where all the celebrities roam, but that only makes nearby Santa Barbara feel like a secret, safe haven. Out here, folks really embrace the Golden State and enjoy every aspect of the leisurely life that this part of the West Coast offers. Don’t be caught off guard when you see someone riding to the beach on horseback with a boombox—apparently, that’s normal round these parts. (After all, it is Katy Perry’s hometown.)
Famous for its gorgeous homes complete with red-tile roof tops and fine, local wines (if you’re lucky, your visit might align with a wine festival), Santa Barbara is full of natural wonders in the form of the beautiful beaches and the Santa Ynez Mountains, which are never far from sight.
But even if the waves are calling, there’s no need to be a total beach bum while in Santa Barbara. Here are 14 spots must-see spots to check out while you’re there. There’s so much to do in so little time, so hop in a car and hit the road!