Santa Barbara is one of my favourite destinations in the USA. It is a uniquely cultural hub with a real Spanish influence from its early settlers. It offers idyllic weather, a rugged Californian coastline, great shopping and a vibrant yet sophisticated city life.
The city is also very close to some incredible vineyards in the town of Los Olivos, where you can take a bike tour around the vineyard before enjoying a tasting or two.
One of my favourite things to do in Santa Barbara is to take a stroll down the gorgeous white sand beach, where you might be lucky enough to see dolphins or sea lions pass by. Make sure to head up to Paseo Nuevo to taste some Mexican culinary delights at the locals' favourite Carlitos.