Wednesday, February 17, 2010

#109: Road Trip to Santa Barbara

This past weekend was a long one so we packed up the car and met up with some friends in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is only a 1.5 hour drive from L.A.--or 2.5 hours heading back home in President's day traffic.. :P. The drive along the ocean is beautiful, though, so even in traffic it's hard to get in a bad mood.

I've been to SB three times, and each time there's something new. Here are some places I've visited:
  • Museum of Natural History: Imagine stepping into a greenhouse and being surrounded by hundreds of butterflies. Some land on you, some flitter from flower to flower, and others (watch your step!) sun themselves lazily on the ground. The pavilion is seasonal, I believe, so check the website. The museum also offers planetarium shows, an art gallery, gardens to walk around, and more.
  • The Old Mission: Lovely gardens, a church, cemetery, and gift shop. $5 for adults and worth a peek.
  • Alice Keck Garden: I thought this would be bigger; it's roughly one block by one block. It's not a tourist destination per se, but if you're in the area it's worth checking out.
  • The Beach: Brad and I just walked it, but you can also rent a tandem bike or buggy and ride along the beach.
  • State Street: This seems to be where most tourists spend their time. Shops and restaurants line State St.

Other attractions:

The Alice Keck Gardens

The Beach/Pier

The Old Mission
At the Natural History Museum

Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

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