This Amtrak Train Route Offers a Perfect Coastal California Trip — With Ocean Views Nearly the Whole Way
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner ocean-adjacent route travels between San Luis Obispo and downtown San Diego.
Santa Barbara, known as the “American Riviera,” offers seemingly endless adventures. Start with a wine or beer tour of The Funk Zone, a trendy district with an impressive variety of tasting rooms, cafes, and art galleries housed in contemporary spaces. Enjoy unmatched Oaxacan cuisine at Flor de Maiz, complete with views of one of Santa Barbara’s main attractions, Stearns Wharf. Then, kayak with the Santa Barbara Adventure Company and explore the harbor, or reserve a bike with Wheel Fun Rentals and pedal through this bike-friendly city. Book a stay at the gorgeous Hotel Californian, a meticulously designed luxury boutique property that’s right in the heart of the community, just steps from the train station, and only a block from the beach.