In addition to all the activities and things to do in Santa Barbara, the area surrounding the city offers even more exciting experiences. Explore attractions outside the city, enjoy a memorable experience and return to Hotel Milo without spending too much time on the road with these favorite day trips from Santa Barbara.


Located about just more than two hours from Hotel Milo, the Los Padres National Forest one of the country’s most dynamic and captivating natural landscapes. Featuring mountains, rivers, beaches and more, Los Padres offers California travelers a beautiful place to visit. Bring the family along or head off on a solo mission to explore Los Padres’ hiking and bicycle trails, wildlife and absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.


Located 78 miles from Hotel Milo, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area also offers an exceptional natural experience near Santa Barbara. The Castaic area is absolutely gorgeous, thanks to its large blue lake, rolling hills and small beaches. Great for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating and more, Castaic is sure to satisfy even the most ambitious of day trip planners.


Drive 40 minutes from Santa Barbara and arrive in Denmark! While you’ll still technically be in the States, the city of Solvang could fool you into thinking otherwise. Founded by Danish colonists in the early 1900s, Solvang carries architectural and cultural themes that can only be found elsewhere in cities like Copenhagen and Odense. For great shopping, delicious restaurants and wine tastings from the many vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, head to Solvang and enjoy one of the most well renowned day trips from Santa Barbara.


A neighboring coastal haven, Ventura is a super cute town with its own impressive collection of restaurants, shops, and beachfront real estate. Grab some seafood by the water, go for a swim, and check out some of the city’s favorite attractions like its beloved botanical garden.

Los Angeles

While it seems like a world away, Los Angeles just a two-hour drive from Santa Barbara, making it a doable day trip for ambitious Hotel Milo travelers. Ride the famed PCH down there and hit its favorite coastal hangouts in Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice.

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