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Renting a car will not only make your time in Santa Barbara itself far more straightforward, it will give you the freedom to discover the many delights of the surrounding area.

With its beautiful beaches, red-roofed white buildings, lush vineyards and open-air summer festivals, it’s not hard to see why Santa Barbara is often called the ‘American Riviera’. Don’t waste a moment in exploring this captivating city – with the help of Orbitz, you can collect your rental car keys as soon as you arrive at Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Avis or one of the other car rental firms located at Santa Barbara Airport and throughout the city.

Santa Barbara and Beyond: Three Destinations by Car

Your rental car will make getting out and discovering Santa Barbara’s surroundings simple. Read on for some tips on nearby highlights.


While Santa Barbara itself shows Mediterranean influence in both its architecture and its laid-back way of life, the town of Solvang has been shaped by its ties to Denmark. With its half-timbered houses, Christmas markets and Danish pastries galore, this destination will leave you wondering whether you’re in the US or Europe.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 33 miles

Santa Rita Hills

You can’t come to Santa Barbara without trying a glass or two of Pinot Noir made from the grapes grown in this lush wine region. Home to dozens of vineyards that will welcome you for a tour and a sampling session, the Santa Rita Hills promise a taste of the Southern Californian good life.

Journey time: Around 55 minutes

Distance: Approximately 51 miles

Los Padres National Forest

This is one of the Santa Barbara area’s greatest natural treasures – an immense protected landscape that butts right up against the edge of the city. Hike mountain trails that lead past wildflower meadows and secluded waterfalls, stopping to cool off in one of the water holes dotted throughout the park.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately seven miles