Camping Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is one of California's fabulous cities. Visitors to Santa Barbara can enjoy a wide range of recreational opportunities, as well as the fine dining and culture of the city. It is especially fantastic in the summer when the beaches are at their best.
A little less than 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a fantastic town to escape the big city of LA, and dive into the more relaxed, resort-like feel of this part of the California coast. Santa Barbara is bordered by the pacific ocean to the south and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north. The ocean and the mountains create a beautiful Mediterranean climate, with pleasant summers and mild winters. Together the natural features, the climate and the beaches make Santa Barbara an excellent California vacation destination.
On the California Coast in Santa Barbara there are miles of beautiful beaches. On these beaches there are many different activities for visitors to enjoy. Many beaches are accessible through local parks and are great for enjoying the cool ocean breezes and warm summer sun of the California Coast. Visitors to Santa Barbara can enjoy a wide range of ocean oriented recreation activities, including swimming, surfing, kayaking, whale watching and more.
Santa Barbara also offers visitors excellent dining options throughout the city. There are also many great places to stay during a trip to Santa Barbara, from world-class resorts, to cozy bed and breakfasts and beautiful camp grounds. In addition, to excellent accommodations and dining, Santa Barbara is known for the fabulous wines being made in Santa Barbara wine country. Visitors will love taking winery tours and enjoying tastings of some of the local wines.
Visitors can also arrange their vacation plans around Santa Barbara's great event schedule. There are fun festivals throughout the year that delight locals and visitors alike. The French Festival, held on Bastille Day is one of the largest French Festivals in the western US. The Summer Solstice Celebration is an exciting one day parade. Each year this parade draws thousand of visitors. This parade has creative floats, dancers and much more.
Not only does the city have fun annual celebrations, but the attractions that are open year-round are also excellent destinations for visitors to explore. Santa Barbara has an impressive Museum of Natural History, featuring exhibits on the natural wildlife of the Pacific and the Channel Islands. The museum also has amazing exhibits on prehistoric life in the region. Visitors should be sure to stop at the Museum of Art as well during a stay in the city. This regional museum has a stunning permanent collection for visitors to enjoy at any time. The Museum of Art has art from around the world, the Asian exhibit is a particularly good collection.
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Santa Barbara, beyond the beaches, at the Botanic Gardens. Filled with native plants, this garden is a beautiful example of wild Santa Barbara. Throughout the 65 acres, visitors will see wildflowers, cacti, shrubs, trees and much more. The Botanic Gardens are a great spot to enjoy a pleasant walk on the miles of trails throughout the beautiful grounds.
Children and families will love the Santa Barbara Zoo. Among the best attractions for families within the city, the zoo is sure to delight all visitors. The zoo has over hundreds of different animals. Visitors can see elephants, lions, giraffes and even far animals. Planning a visit during feeding time is a really great way to see all of the animals.
Santa Barbara is a beautiful California destination. Visitors are sure to love the excellent climate, beautiful natural surroundings and all of the fun attractions the area has to offer. Visitors won't want to miss the beaches, museums, Stearns Wharf, the waterfront and many more of the cities fabulous attractions. Santa Barbara also has great festivals to delight residents and visitors alike throughout the year. All in all, Santa Barbara is a truly beautiful US vacation destination.