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The Santa Barbara Courthouse under a pink sunset with clouds. (photo via KazPhotography / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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A sandy and rocky beach in Santa Barbara, California.
A sandy and rocky beach in Santa Barbara, California. (photo via joebelanger / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

This seaside city, approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles is one of California's most scenic areas. The Santa Ynez Mountains famously complement the Santa Barbara's ocean views. Locals will recommend a sunset trip up the APS ('Alameda Padre Serra') to the hillside of the Riviera where the views are breathtaking and proposals are frequent. Continue the romance with a tour of Santa Barbara's acclaimed wineries and vineyards.

Aside from the idyllic beaches and omnipotent Spanish architecture, popular tourist destinations include the Mission Santa Barbara, Moreton Bay Fig and Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara's most popular event is the annual Summer Solstice Parade, held the first weekend after the solstice.