After a stopover on Verona Beach, we drove a few hours more on the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara. Old and historical architectures have always caught my eye, and Santa Barbara offers these as their top tourist attractions. Sandwiched between the picturesque Pacific Ocean and the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, the beauty of Old Town, Santa Barbara is the mixture of the past and the present. Without getting rid of the old buildings, they enhanced and modernized them, making us feel like we time-traveled to the Spanish period but with a modern flair.
Teeming with a vibrant atmosphere, Old Town is one of the most visited places in Santa Barbara. It is a long strip of restaurants, souvenir stores, world markets and historic theaters, as well as a Spanish-inspired Macy’s department store.
From Old Town, we headed to Stearns Wharf, a deep-water pier over the Pacific Ocean and is the oldest working wharf in California. Just by the amazing view, we couldn’t resist not sitting down for a while and just take in the ocean breeze and the delightful scenery. We didn’t think of dipping in the ocean, though, because by the time we got here, the strong, cold wind had picked up and just discouraged us to even feel the water.
The day doesn’t end here! Another two-hour drive and we arrived in California’s own version of Copenhagen, Solvang!