Early visitors to Santa Barbara called the city the American Riviera due to its similarities to the French Riviera, the region of southeast France on the Mediterranean coastline. One similarity shared by both the French Riviera and Santa Barbara is great food. Like the French Riviera, Santa Barbara has so many restaurants that it is hard to try all of them in order to compile a list of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara is the quintessential California beach city. From the amazing ocean location to the stunning surrounding mountains, Santa Barbara is the true California destination everyone dreams about. Even when it comes to things for children, Santa Barbara has many things to offer. Read on as we explore what to do in Santa Barbara with kids.
Solvang is a beautiful destination in Southern California. We love taking our family to Solvang and enjoying the town and the many attractions perfect for families. We enjoyed Solvang when our children were small but also now when they are teenagers…they just love going to Solvang. So, come along with me as we explore my favorite things to do in Solvang with family.
Santa Barbara is the quintessential California beach city. With many Hollywood stars calling this area home, Santa Barbara has always been the perfect weekend trip from the Los Angeles area. However, the area around Santa Barbara is gorgeous to explore, especially if you have a few extra days to spend in this gorgeous place. Come along with me as we explore my favorite Santa Barbara day trips that will take you to small villages and beach towns and give you a glimpse of California.
Southern California is hot in the summer and all the hills and mountains are brown in color. However, from the end of March through the end of May, especially after some good winter rains, Southern California turns green and explodes with wildflowers and color. There are many places to see the wildflowers of Southern California, but a few of them really stand out as being particularly beautiful and very large in size. Let’s explore together some of my favorite places to see the wildflowers of Southern California.
California is well known for its amazing natural beauty especially on the Pacific Coast. As a result there are quite a few roads that can take you right to the most amazing California landscapes. From the amazing ocean views and towering Sequoias to tall mountain peaks, California offers it all. Come along with me as we explore 15 best drives in California.
La Purisima Mission is one of the 27 California missions that line up the California coast from south to north. Located in Lompoc, La Purisima is actually a state park and it has been extensively reconstructed to better capture the feel of the Mission times. With lots of things to offer for the entire family, La Purisima Mission Park is a great tourist stop for the California traveler. Read on to find out what is worth seeing at La Purisima.
Buellton California is a small town north of Santa Barbara. Located right next to the 101 freeway, Buellton provides very easy access to the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley and north towards the California central coast area. However, there is not much to see and do in Buellton itself, but the area around Buellton is full of rolling hills, wineries and tourist attractions. We really enjoyed Buellton as a short stop on our drive from Pismo Beach back to Southern California. Come along with me as we explore my favorite things to do in Buellton California.
Buellton is many times confused with Solvang, California. On the one hand, there is good reason for them to be confused simply because they are very close to one another. On the other hand, Solvang and Buellton are very different based on the tourist attractions they both offer. While Solvang provides great European architecture and feel while Buellton is a small California town right by the freeway. Regardless of the differences, Buellton makes a great rest stop if you’re driving on the 101 freeway and you want your family to take a break from driving. Read on to find out what to see in Buellton.
Los Angeles has many attractions to offer for the tourist. This area can be overwhelming if you are limited on time and you’re trying to pick the best attractions in Los Angeles to visit. However, if you want to experience a slice of Southern California, this is our favorite one day in Los Angeles tour. When we have friends and family visiting from outside of California we always take them on this tour because they get to see some of the best tourist sites in the Los Angeles area. Obviously, this one day in Los Angeles tour doesn’t include theme parks and museums, but it does include the best places to see in Los Angeles area. So, come along with me as we explore the Los Angeles area in one day.