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  1. An Introduction to the Paddling Scene in Santa Barbara

    The coastal town of Santa Barbara, which has long drawn visitors for its beautiful beaches, Mediterranean-inspired architecture, and world-class wineries, is also one of the state’s top paddling destinations.

  2. Leave the Car Behind for an Adventurous Getaway to Santa Barbara

    All of the quintessential Santa Barbara experiences, from cruising along the beachside bike path to enjoying the region’s wineries and fine dining, are all entirely possible without a car.

  3. 10 Must-Do Adventures in the Santa Barbara Outdoors

    With towering mountains, deep canyons, thick forests, and pristine beaches, Santa Barbara is a haven for outdoor adventurers.

  4. Better Bring Your Camera: 10 Santa Barbara Hikes with Amazing Views

    When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara, California. Here are ten scenic hikes that offer postcard-worthy views.

  5. A Guide to California's Cant-Miss Los Padres National Forest

    For those visiting Santa Barbara, the Los Padres National Forest is an unforgettable, adventure-filled side trip offering excellent hiking, camping, mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing.

  6. What's the Best Beach for You in Santa Barbara?

    Santa Barbara has so many beautiful beaches to choose from, how do you decide which one suits you best? Here's a guide to finding the beach beach for you, whether you're interested in swimming, surfing, catching the sunset, entertaining, or just chilling.

  7. Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Santa Barbara with Your Pet

    Vacations are better when all members of the family can go, even the four-legged ones. Here's all you need to know about bringing your pet along on a Santa Barbara vacation.

  8. How to Have the Perfect Trip to Channel Islands National Park (and Why You Should)

    The Channel Islands National Park, located just off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., is filled with scenic beauty and an abundance of opportunities for adventure.

  9. The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Santa Barbara for Adrenaline Junkies

    Santa Barbara may be best known for its beaches, but mountain bikers have just as much reason to visit. Just outside of town, you can explore some incredible trails in the Santa Ynez Mountain range and the Los Padres National Forest.

  10. The 9 Most Scenic Spots to Catch a Sunset in Santa Barbara

    Whether you're in a boat, on the beach, or in the mountains, you'll find a wide variety of places to enjoy Santa Barbara's glorious sunsets.

  11. Hot Springs, Waterfalls, and More: The 7 Best Swimming Spots Near Santa Barbara

    Venturing away from the beaches in Santa Barbara, visitors can explore the surrounding wilderness areas and parks to find freshwater creeks, waterfalls, and natural hot springs to enjoy.

  12. Where to Lace up the Shoes and Go for a Run in Santa Barbara

    Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains with a mild year-round climate, this resort town has no shortage of running spots and resources for visiting runners.

  13. 9 Unique Santa Barbara Events to Experience in Your Lifetime

    Santa Barbara is an idyllic year-round vacation spot known for both its beaches and mountains. These nine events offer the perfect excuse to plan a trip to discover the town for yourself.

  14. 5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Santa Barbara By Bike

    Santa Barbara offers the ideal climate ideal for cycling year round, and the stunning coastline, rolling hills, and health-conscious culture of this central California city make it the perfect place for biking.

  15. Everything You Need to Know About Santa Barbara's One-of-a-Kind Urban Wine Trail

    Santa Barbara is one of the premier wine destinations, and the Urban Wine Trail is an excellent way to taste the region's best offerings.

  16. A First-Timer's Guide to Making the Most of a Santa Barbara Vacation

    A trip to Santa Barbara offers visitors the beach, mountains, fine dining, and excellent wine. Here's a quick guide to getting the most out of a getaway to this coastal California gem.

  17. 10 Reasons Why Santa Barbara is a Seriously Special Place for Outdoor Lovers

    Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara features beaches, bluffs, hiking trails, and bike routes that make it an outstanding place for outdoor adventure.

  18. The 8 Best Hikes in Santa Barbara

    When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara, California. See for yourself with these eight hikes that range from challenging climbs to easy walks.

  19. An Off-the-Beaten-Path Guide to the Perfect Weekend around Santa Barbara

    From catching waves in the Pacific Ocean to hiking in the Santa Ynez Mountains, here's how Chaco spends a weekend in Santa Barbara.

  20. 23 Must-Visit American Cities for Outdoor Adventure Travel

    From the rolling mountains of the Southeast, to the jagged peaks of the West, here's our breakdown of 23 American cities that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

  21. All Trails Lead to this Hidden Gem

    Santa Barbara's Cold Springs Tavern is an amazing destination in itself, but heading there after visiting one of these five trails is something special.

  22. Insider Tips From Pro SUP Rider Dave Figlioli

    SUP pro Dave Figlioli, based in Santa Barbara, offers his insider tips on how to make the most of SUP this spring and summer.

  23. A Look into Trevor Gordon's Nomadic Life of Adventure

    Santa Barbara native Trevor Gordon lives a nomadic life ready for adventure at a moment's notice via a custom camper and 36-foot sailboat.

  24. Behind the Lens with Adventure Photographer Branden Aroyan

    A chat with world-class photographer Branden Aroyan, who is based in Santa Barbara, and shares some of his secrets with RootsRated.

  25. The Santa Barbara YarnBomber Strikes Again, But Gets Foiled by Mother Nature

    The Santa Barbara YarnBomber installs an elaborate work that includes aliens in the Los Padres National Forest, but it's destroyed by wind.