4 days in Santa Monica & Santa Barbara Itinerary

4 days in Santa Monica & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Bring the kids along to Rodeo Drive and Two Rodeo Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes), Fillmore Fish Hatchery (in Fillmore) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains.

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Los Angeles to Santa Monica is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in April, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips