Channel Islands National Park
Miles off the Santa Barbara Coast, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five of the eight California Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Bridging two biogeographical provinces and harboring the biological diversity of nearly 2,500 miles of the North American coast, the Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, 145 of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Rincon Beach Park
Via Real, Carpinteria, CA 93105 | 14 miles
Also known as the “Queen of the Coast,” Rincon is one of the most famous surf spots in California offering rides up to 300 yards from the top of the point to the “Cove.” Here, surfers may trade waves with three-time World Champion and local, Tom Curren.
Knapp’s Castle Ruins
Knapp's Castle, Santa Barbara, CA 931055 | 17 Miles
Built on 160 acres in 1916 by Union Carbide founder, George Owen Knapp, the castle was sold in 1940 to Frances Holden who invited her friend and world famous opera singer, Lotte Lehmann to move in. Shortly after, the mansion was destroyed by a forest fire leaving only the sandstone foundations, fireplace pillars, and walls of the seven original structures. Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain near Los Padres National Forest, the seemingly ancient ruins remain a popular destination for hikers and photographers, offering breathtaking views of Lake Cachuma, the Santa Ynez Valley, and the Pacific Ocean.