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Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

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Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

We will have travelled from SF on Hwy 1 and spent 2 nights in Monterey and 1 night at SLO and onwards to Santa Barbara. My question is should we switch to the 101 or stay on the 1. Will we see anything different on that stretch of Hwy 1 that we wont have seen before?

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11. Re: Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

Mmmm, Solvang is not a "Danish replica town", Solvang is a Danish town. It was founded by Danes, a lot of citizens still speak Danish and Bethania Lutheran Church conducted services in Danish up into 1990's, but now only does a Danish service on Little Christmas Eve.

I think the 154 route through Buellton, Solvang and Santa Ynez is more fun than the 101.


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12. Re: Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

Love taking the 154. Make sure to make a stop at Cold Springs Tavern - an original stagecoach stop.

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13. Re: Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

There is a view stop of Lake Cachuma on Hwy 154 at the Bradbury Dam Observation Point. It's not the best view of the Lake, though. There is a "Vista Point" sign and a sign announcing the Point at the end of a long straight uphill with a middle turn lane. There aren't many easy ways for the driver to take a lingering look at Lake Cachuma, while on Hwy 154. But there are plenty of turns where the driver can see the lake while driving past.

Lake Cachuma is a County Park. Boat rentals and sometimes, kayak and canoe rentals are available. But no swimming. www.countyofsb.org/parks/parks05.aspx?id=7568

Lake Cachuma is visible from East Camino Cielo, which is a lonely winding road on top of the Santa Ynez Mtns - There will be much less traffic on this road. Make the protected left turn at the top of the San Marcos Pass. There are great simultaneous views of Lake Cachuma and Santa Barbara from Camino Cielo.

Lake Cachuma is visible from the hike to Knapp's Castle. There are conflicting reports that Knapp's Castle isn't open to hiking. (some day I'll check.) santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/caminocielo/knap…

Paradise Road is also a fun meandering road in the backcountry. Paradise Rd crosses the Santa Ynez River. The creek crossings are probably dry this year, but there is some water.

There are two pages of scenic routes on this google map: http://goo.gl/maps/Ki6DW

Edited: 03 April 2013, 08:07
14. Re: Advice on route from SLO to Santa Barbara?

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