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10 Best Road Trips in California

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6) Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara rests along the Santa Ynez Mountains between the Central Coast and Southern California. Its Mediterranean climate comes from its situation on the shore, just at the bottom of the mountains, which gives the city its vibrant flora and fauna and an abundance of fresh and quality seafood. Santa Barbara is also home to one of California’s many missions, which is otherwise known as “the Queen of the Missions,” and is respected for it vast cultural representation in local shops and restaurants. Santa Barbara is a wonderful sightseeing city for those interested in Spanish Colonial architecture, Victorian style homes, and Mission Revival influence. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the eclectic shopping district known as State Street as well as the iconic Waterfront, which offers pier side cuisine and a view of the breakwater.

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