Day Five – Highway 101 Excursion: The Best Day Trip Ideas from Ventura
Nothing says Central California like the rolling hills and ocean views along Highway 101. Skip the traffic and crowds around LA, and use Ventura as a jumping off point to access this iconic part of the coast. Opportunities for adventure abound along Highway 101, from pristine beaches to ocean-view hiking, wine-tasting, unique eateries, and picturesque towns. Affluent Santa Barbara, our closest neighbor, is known for its traditional mission-style architecture, bustling downtown, and rolling hills. Branch further north to explore Solvang, styled after an idyllic Danish village, or into the inland wine-country of the Santa Ynez Valley. Two hours away, a trip to San Luis Obispo will take you along some of the most beautiful portions of Highway 101. This college town, nestled between rolling hills, is a great jumping-off point for further excursions north.