Known as ‘The American Riviera’, Santa Barbara with its bougainvillea covered red-tiled rooftops is a small but charming beachside city located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Lookout Park with its views of Channel Islands Nation Parks is definitely worth a visit as are Refugio State Beach and Butterfly Beach. Away from the coast, the city is comprised of Spanish-style architecture characterised by the Old Mission Santa Barbara and further inland you can see the rolling hills that stretch east into the Santa Ynez Mountains and wine country.

Santa Barbara is the perfect place for a picnic, you can find seafood at Stearns Wharf and there’s plenty of local ingredients available at the city’s farmers markets and the Santa Barbara Public Market