In the middle of a long Californian road trip, we will leave LA at about 2.00pm on an August Friday. My intention was to drive to Santa Barbara and spend a couple of hours looking round (I think I mainly want to see the State Street area and Stearns Wharf) and then head on to spend the night at Solvang. I realise if we do it this way, we will be arriving late at Solvang. Would it be better to spend the night at Santa Barbara and then head to Solvang the next morning? Is a coupe of hours enough to see a bit of Santa Barbara? Should we bother coming to Santa Barbara at all? We will have been to LA (including Catalina island) and will stop at least twice more on the coast up to San Francisco (I'm thinking Cambria and Carmel). Should we head straight to Solvang or does Santa Barbara give us something different we won't see elsewhere? In addition, will traffic out of LA be terrible at that time?