Escape the hubbub of Los Angeles with these excellent Santa Barbara hikes. The city itself is a coastal beaut, just a stone's throw north of California's largest city. Spend a day on the 7.5-mile Romero Canyon loop, where stunning seaside views play off panoramic shots of snowcapped mountains. Go for a swim at Seven Falls via a 2.5-mile out-and back. Or hop on a boat and head for Channel Islands National Park, one of the lesser known – but no less beautiful – parks in the nation.
Look for banana slugs, newts, and canyon tree frogs on this 2.5-mile hike to Tangerine Falls, the largest cascade in the Santa Barbara frontcountry.
Cruise through oak-filled canyon country and shrubland meadows to overlooks of the Channel Islands, city lights, and the Pacific coast on this 7-mile out-and-back.
Hike or run past oak forests, vernal pools, rock climbing walls, and fields of chaparral on this 9-mile out-and-back to the Santa Ynez Ridge.
Santa Barbara Island is the smallest island in the Channel Islands National Park. It's the most remote and furthest offshore, roughly 45 miles. One loop trail covers the one-square-mile islet. The windswept isle is home to seals, sea lions, seabirds and the secretive island night lizard.
This 6.2-mile round-trip links a series of beaches and coastal bluffs 15 minutes from Santa Barbara.