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With American Airlines flights to Santa Barbara, it's easy to plan a relaxing weekend in this gorgeous California destination. From strolling along picturesque beaches to savoring outstanding food and wine, there is a wide range of things to do in Santa Barbara to help you slow down and enjoy your getaway.
Thanks to its envious location along the California coast, many of the activities in Santa Barbara revolve around its miles of beautiful beach. Take a romantic stroll, search for seashells with the family or bring along a blanket for a beachside picnic you won't soon forget. Surfing, kayaking and more outdoor activities offer even more options. Santa Barbara is also home dozens of public parks and picnic areas where you can enjoy the year-round pleasant weather. Two of our favorites are Stevens Park, featuring hiking trails that wind through San Roque Canyon and let you access the Santa Ynez Range, and the small neighborhood Hilda Ray Park, which is more secluded yet offers amazing views of Santa Barbara and the mountains (the picnic tables and playground are great bonuses). The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which covers more than 60 acres, has the native flora you'd expect to find. But it also has walkways that take you through a meadow, a canyon, a redwood forest and over a historic dam. It also offers breathtaking views of the Channel Islands.
After spending time walking, hiking, surfing, kayaking or rock climbing, you'll be ready for one of our other favorite things to do in Santa Barbara: Sampling local cuisine! Santa Barbara is home to more than 400 restaurants, giving you plenty of options from which to choose. Many eateries offer locally sourced food and wine (the local seafood is especially delectable), along with outdoor seating so you can truly appreciate the appeal of The American Riviera.
Looking for more reasons to get away here? Consider the shopping (everything from well-known luxury brands to boutiques showcasing local artisans), an abundance of art galleries, and year-round arts events and festivals. It's the perfect place to escape for a peaceful respite, and American Airlines makes it easy to fly to Santa Barbara. Start planning your trip today.