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December 09, 2013 13:00 ET

Santa Barbara and Off Season Travel

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - Though visiting Santa Barbara, California in January is technically considered off season travel, year-round sun and vibrant cultural events make the "American Riviera" a great vacation destination. Visitors feel as if they have the town to themselves as they enjoy a fabulous sunset on a mild evening, seeing the day's last rays softly lighting red terracotta roofs.

Our infographic about Santa Barbara off season travel options include taking a leisurely drive among the wheat-colored rolling hills of nearby wine country and, for the outdoor enthusiast, hiking up the mountains via oak-lined trails that end in an unparalleled view across the Pacific at the Channel Islands.

Enhancing the outstanding natural beauty are cultural events like the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which is held in late January through early February. Santa Barbara's cinematic heritage dates back to Chaplin and silent films, and the fact that several movie stars own homes near town gives the film festival an air of fame generally reserved for Sundance or Cannes. With Hollywood less than two hours to the south, you never know who might show up at a screening! Those in town on the first Thursday of the month are encouraged to meander through downtown in the evening, where the art galleries are open late and street performers show their stuff.

Just one trip to Santa Barbara in winter is all it takes to become a believer in off season travel. Additional off season destinations await travelers looking for similar perks.

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