Santa Barbara, the American Riviera, is well-known for its open air, beautiful foliage and its stunning position between the mountains and the sea. Whether you are looking for a grueling hike or just a scenic beach stroll, these are some of the paths you may want to check out:
Inspiration Point: A short, but steep hiking trail nestled off of Mission Canyon and Tunnel Rd., this road meets dirt path leads you to panoramic views atop a mountain. True to its name, the visible intake is inspiring and, on a clear day, reaches miles and miles.
Hendry’s to Goleta Beach: Hendry’s beach, dog friendly and dispersed with pre- or post- Boathouse eaters, runs southbound all the way until you reach Goleta Beach, which hugs UCSB and its own pier. Round trip, this trek is approximately 10 miles round trip, so pack a lunch, hydrate and enjoy the scenes.
Carpinteria Bluffs: Laden with lots of wildlife ranging from birds to rabbits to the downward-view of porpoises, this is about a 3-mile walk that gives you an ocean-side walk along a determined path in beautiful Carpinteria. Feel free to walk as much or as little of the path as you’d like.
Douglas Preserve: Nestled amid Mesa neighborhoods and overlooking Hendry’s beach, this preserved piece of land (yes, by the Douglas family) is great for walks, jogs and dogs. Wrapped by the ocean and trees, you can find anyone from a playful pup to an elite athlete using the paths in this area. With different branches of paths, the area is somewhat small, but the scenery makes it easy to go in laps or explore thoroughly.
No matter what your purpose is, Santa Barbara has plenty of options to get your legs moving while your eyes take in the surrounding beauty!