Hug the Pacific coast and head north from LA to Santa Barbara, writes Sarah Pollok.

From Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Santa Monica Pier and Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles is packed with enough attractions to last a lifetime. But if you find yourself craving the wide open road and salty ocean air, head north to Santa Barbara for a day of history, culture and white sand beaches.

Getting there

While transit is often just a way to get from one city to the next, when you take the Pacific Coast Highway, the journey is a delight

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