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LA to Santa Barbara Private Tour

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  • Private Tour, Your Party Only
  • Luxury SUV or Minivan
  • Bottled Water
  • Complimentary Pick up at Select Locations
  • 8 Hours Minimum

LA to Santa Barbara Private Tour

Santa Barbara is a Californian coastal town that is both seductive and charming. The exciting thing is – it’s less than two hours from Los Angeles. With a well-deserved reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, Santa Barbara remains surprisingly affordable and accessible and has many activities that every family can enjoy.

Santa Barbara is Paradise on Earth

The Los Angeles to Santa Barbara scenic road will give you the chance to experience the stunning coastline with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Santa Barbara’s climate has been considered similar to the climate of the Mediterranean, and thus the city has been given the name “The American Riviera”. Your Santa Barbara day tour will introduce you to everything this exciting city has to offer. From walking along the pristine beaches while enjoying the ocean air to shopping along State Street; be prepared to enjoy world-class food and drink in the Funk Zone, where you can relax after your busy time in Los Angeles.

LA to Santa Barbara Private Tour Highlights

  • Stunning Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • State Street
  • The Funk Zone
  • Stearn’s Wharf
  • The Santa Barbara Mission
  • Viewpoints of Santa Barbara
  • Iconic beaches to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, A City of Contrasts

After the 1925 earthquake, the town was rebuilt in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. This distinct Mediterranean look interestingly incorporates world-class bars and restaurants converted from abandoned industrial spaces.

Beautiful and lush landscaping provides color and contrast to the renowned Hispanic architecture defined by red tile roofs, white stucco walls, decorative wrought iron on windows, balconies, and walls handrails, and decorative tiles.  Nature and history of the city permeates the buildings and public spaces, bringing charm and wonder to the stunning city of Santa Barbara.

Situated between State Street and Garden Street from north to south, and Montecito Street to Cabrillo Boulevard from east to west respectively, the “Funk Zone” is lively area is a combination of historical marine structures, industrial lots, and houses that have a unique history in manufacturing, lumber, citrus, produce, and fishing.

LA to Santa Barbara Private Tour – Historic Santa Barbara

When you arrive in Santa Barbara, you will get to explore the city’s most well-loved landmarks. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most stunning public buildings. Completed in 1929, by William Mooser III, this colonial building is still in operation as a working courthouse. Defined by its red-tiled roofs, and elegant arches and four-faced clock tower, this is one attraction you should not skip.

The Santa Barbara Mission is also a well-known historic building to admire during your day trip to Santa Barbara. Known as the “Queen of Missions”, this building is one of the 21 missions in California that was built in 1786 to further the reach of the Spanish Monarchy and Christianity. This mission has received significant restoration since the 1925 earthquake to restore its original grandeur of wrought iron, terra cotta, and wood.

Before Hollywood, there was Santa Barbra. In the days of silent films, Santa Barbara’s movie studio on West Mission Street was the pride of America. In 1916, the studio was producing over 240 silent films each year. Even though the silent film era is over, Santa Barbara still proves to be a popular filming location today for these notable films: The Graduate (1967), It’s Complicated (2009), Scarface (1984), and My Favorite Martian (1999).

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven-day film festival held in Santa Barbara since its debut in 1986. Over 200 screenings of feature films and shorts from different countries are held during this annual festival in mid-February. Celebrity tributes, awards, industry panels, education programs, and parties are also held during this film festival.

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Santa Barbara Celebrity Culture

Santa Barbra is a favorite destination for celebrity weddings. Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Clark Gable are among the few who have married here. Even John F. Kennedy and Jackie O enjoyed part of their honeymoon in Santa Barbara.

The list of celebrities that have made Santa Barbra their home is endless. Therefore, our tours sometimes encounter superstars such as Drew Barrymore, John Cleese, Kirk Douglas, and Kevin Costner. Our expert tour guides and drivers will show you the best of the celebrity lifestyle.

Fantastic Food

As in Cannes and Antibes, San Remo and Portofino, Santa Barbara has a wide selection of restaurants. The best eateries are along the beautiful oceanfront, where you will find restaurants to meet all budgets.

Most restaurants serve a contemporary mix of modern organic classics. Santa Barbra is one of California’s best foodie destinations. As a result, you will find some of the world’s leading chefs preparing food you would expect to find in any top London or Paris restaurant.

Santa Barbara World-Famous Wine

Over many decades, Santa Barbra has cemented its reputation as a top wine destination. As we drive through the rolling vineyards, you will quickly understand why this region is famous for its wine. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, you will find exclusive wine tasting rooms in some of the world’s finest vineyards.

One thing that makes Santa Barbara stand out as a wine lover’s destination is the variety. Due to the region’s unique climate, most types of grape thrive here. You can see the results of this when visiting the local restaurants, as they stock many exquisite varieties of wine.

If you love wine tasting, then you will love our L.A. to Santa Barbara tour. Throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and relax and taste the local delicacies.

Epic Sunsets and Stunning Scenery

Your day will include breathtaking scenery, mouth watering food, and fine wine. There is no better way to end such a perfect day than by watching the Santa Barbara sunset. Probably the best vantage point for the Santa Barbara sunset is T.V. hill. This hill earned its name as it is where the local T.V. station is situated. The studios are high on the hill and offer stunning views across the ocean, downtown, and out to the mountains beyond.

There is something to delight all of your senses in Santa Barbara. The ancient-looking Spanish architecture is a wondrous marvel. The ocean line offers majestic views, and the surrounding vineyards and mountains are truly captivating. This one day tour from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is a remarkable and unforgettable experience.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Tour Your Way

We know you wouldn’t want a regular run-of-the-mill vacation. And why should you? This is your vacation, no one else’s. If you book with Classic Experiences, it will be exceptional. Just trust us – we’ve done this before. Firstly, we’re on hand to show you the very best locations, attractions, and landmarks of Santa Barbara. Secondly, all of our tours are tailor-made to suit your individual requirements and unique tastes.

We design perfect tours for our guests. So, let us help you create your ideal day tour. If you are looking for the best day tour from L.A. to Santa Barbara, click the “Book Now.” button.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara By Train

We understand that the great American road trip isn’t on everyone’s bucket list. Therefore, we are here to help you with the best suggestions and tours. The Los Angeles to Santa Barbara distance is only 95 miles (152km). So, if you want to avoid the traffic, you can kick back, relax, and take the train.

You will find day train tours from Los Angeles departing from Union Station situated to the east of the city’s downtown. Trains depart regularly throughout the day. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 36 minutes.

You can buy train tickets for as little as $20, making this a low-cost day trip that is fun for all of the family. Your train will arrive at State Street station in Santa Barbra’s downtown district.

However you travel, we highly recommend taking a day trip to Santa Barbra. It is a magical coastal town that visitors continue to love. Our tour guides and drivers are experts at keeping you entertained. If you have any questions about the tour or getting to Santa Barbra, please get in touch.

  • star ratingMy family recently went on a 3-week trip to the United States. Our experience was phenomenal and was the perfect way to conclude our trip. The itinerary of our tour included the Hollywood sign, walk of fame, the celebrity houses of Beverly Hills and many more. Our guide Alexander was incredibly informative and highly knowledgable and truly made the experience! We took 20 minutes to stroll along the walk of fame and visit the famous Hotel Roosevelt. Alongside the incredible sight-seeing experience, the car did not disappoint. We were greeted with a fabulous red Cadillac, topping off the luxury experience. When in Los Angeles, this certainly isn't an opportunity to miss!

    avatar thumb Zparkin_24
    September 12, 2022

    star ratingGeorge toured us in his Cadillac for 4 hours in L.A. to discover our sights of choice as this was our first visit to L.A. We got a great feel of the city by going to Hollywood, Grifgith park, Farmer’s market, Beverly Hills and other places. George was providing great insights as we were driving through the streets and sights, and took great pictures of us.
    Such a wonderful experience which we recommend to anyone who wants to « feel » the city!
    Thank you George and Classic Experiences for having made this day special!

    avatar thumb Daphne D
    July 8, 2022

    star ratingWe can’t say enough good things about Alexander and the tour he gave us around LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, funny and friendly - and had extensive insight into everywhere we went. We did a four hour tour and extended for 90 mins more because we didn’t want it to end. If you are looking for a great tour and don’t know where to begin - look no further than here!

    avatar thumb Smcgettrick
    June 18, 2022
  • star ratingStan was absolutely amazing! The Classic Car Tour was by far the best thing we did on our trip. Stan was punctual, knowledgeable, and so much fun! We literally saw everything we wanted to see throughout our entire vacation in just this one trip - YES he is THAT good! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up and five stars!

    avatar thumb Meagan J
    March 26, 2022

    star ratingWow, this is the proper LA Experience! We got so lucky to have Cameron as our trusty know all guide and driver. He picked us up in a classic Cadillac Convertible and immediately made us feel comfortable. We wanted to feel the old glamour of LA and Cameron put us right in the middle of it. He was a very funny personable guy and had the most amazing inside stories including personally knowing Oscar winners.
    we all just felt like close friends at the end of it. If you want to experience Hollywood the way it was meant to be do this tour! And ask for Cam! You will have the time of your life.

    avatar thumb Lisa S
    March 11, 2022

    star ratingWe very much enjoyed the tour of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Hollywood with our knowledgeable guide Alex. He’s a safe driver and has something to say about almost every boulevard we drive along, every landmark building, knows about the properties of old and new stars, about the cinemas, music clubs and restaurants. We stopped for a photo shoot at the Hollywood sign, had time for a little break at the Beachwood Café - all very relaxed. Good thing he had a warm blanket for the passengers in the backseat, as our February Tuesday tour was blessed with great, but chilly weather. More than once, we were photographed by others - probably because of the well-kept blue 1970 Cadillac De Ville Convertible.

    avatar thumb Ivo B
    February 23, 2022

Tour Details

  • Private Tour, Your Party Only
  • Luxury SUV or Minivan
  • Bottled Water
  • Complimentary Pick up at Select Locations
  • 8 Hours Minimum

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