Whether or not you’re flying into LAX, we recommend starting your coastal road trip in sunny LA. After all, it’s only a handful of miles away from the American Riviera: Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is an upscale yet surprisingly laid-back coastal city. Lovers of nature, architecture, wine, and history alike will find something to do in this coastal city.
The way from LA to Santa Barbara is marked by charming coastal villages and some of the state’s most beautiful scenery. Take the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) instead of US-101 to get the most out of your drive.
Make your first pit stop in Malibu. Malibu is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in California and the country, including Zuma Beach. Consider taking a quick detour to Ojai, where you can hike the historic Los Padres National Forest.
If you are looking for some small-town vibes, make sure to visit Oxnard and Carpinteria. Meanwhile, the Getty Villa Museum in Pacific Palisades is an ideal destination for California history buffs and garden enthusiasts alike.