Santa Barbara, CA  Why you should go: This not-so-crowded beach town is the perfect mix of rugged and refined. Hike along the beachfront Cabrillo Bike Path, ride the antique carousel at Chase Palm Park, and take the kids to see the elephants at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you have time without the children, sip your way across downtown Santa Barbara's (walkable) Urban Wine Trail.      Read more: Cheap Vacation Spots - Best Vacation Spots in the US - Redbook

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Santa Barbara, CA Why you should go: This not-so-crowded beach town is the perfect mix of rugged and refined. Hike along the beachfront Cabrillo Bike Path, ride the antique carousel at Chase Palm Park, (walkable) Urban Wine Trail.

Solvang, California - This picturesque destination, on the Central Coast of California, in scenic Santa Barbara County wine country is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and offers plenty to see and do, or even not to do - it's up to you!

Solvang, California - This picturesque Danish village, on the Central Coast of California, in scenic Santa Barbara County wine country is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles

Cold Spring Tavern 5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 a place lost in time Ranked #16 of 67 attractions in Santa Barbara

Cold Spring Tavern 5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 a place lost in time Ranked of 67 attractions in Santa Barbara. One of my fav SB places.

Here's what to do on a Thursday night in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Thursday Night: Santa Barbara, Calif.

Sunset is when the fun begins in Santa Barbara on Thursday nights. From the best bars, clubs, museums and restaurants, we'll show you how this California college town comes to life before the weekend starts.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Santa Barbara.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Visit LA — See All the Pictures!

Catherine joined Prince William for a charity polo match for his foundation with Prince Harry during their July 2011 visit to Santa Barbara, CA.

Weekend getaways: What to do in Santa Barbara

The 9 best things to do in Santa Barbara

What to do in Santa Barbara during your weekend getaways, from a daily farmers market to the mother lode of Monarch butterflies.

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