Day Trips From Santa Barbara

For those up for exploring during your stay we think you’ll find that Santa Barbara is uniquely positioned to offer some great day trip options to neighboring tourist destinations and hidden Central Coast gems. 


Check out a couple of our favorites: 


Heading North 


Santa Ynez Valley- Wine Country: 

Santa Ynez Valley is world renowned and home to numerous wineries, tours and tasting rooms. Take the day to explore Los Olivos and Santa Ynez as well which blend western charm and wine culture all with the scenic backdrop of the rolling California hills. 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. 


Solvang – Danish Village:

This charming Danish style town will wow with its unique architecture, windmills, and shops. Explore authentic bakeries, museums, and enjoy a taste of Denmark right in California! Just 45 minutes North of Santa Barbara. 


San Luis Obispo: 

Known for its beautiful landscapes, historic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, while the quaint downtown area hosts local boutiques and a famous farmers market every Thursday evening. 1.5 hours north of Santa Barbara. 


Heading South 



This quintessential beach town is robust with coastal activities such as the seal sanctuary and Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Take a stroll through the main street, Linden Avenue while you sample local favorites such as Rory’s Ice Cream or Corktree Cellars. With everything from breweries to burger joints, there is something for every beach goer in Carp. 15 minutes South of Santa Barbara.



Tranquil Ojai Valley, is a hidden gem known for its spiritual retreats, art galleries, and outdoor activities. Unique finds like the Meditation Mount, Ojai Valley Museum, the Ojai Olive Oil Company and the annual summer Music Festival are just a few things you’ll want to take the time to explore while you visit. Just 35 minutes from Santa Barbara .


Channel Islands: 

If you’re seeking adventure, then taking a ferry from Ventura or a tour of the Channel Islands National Park is a must-try. A remote destination that boasts California’s natural splendor, native wildlife, and vast hiking trails. Multiple travel companies offer tours and experiences, but we recommend SB Adventure Co. as they offer a variety of options to make your trip truly memorable.