Off the beaten path in Santa Barbara

A savvy traveler shows us there’s more here than State Street and the wharf 

Santa Barbara, CA, Franceschi Park
Andrea M. Gómez

Santa Barbara weekend: What to see

Instead of Cruising Cabrillo :

Drive along what Santa Barbara locals call “the APS,” which might as well stand for a-place-where-no-triple-surrey-can-go (but really stands for Alameda Padre Serra). The road winds up the foothills east of the Mission Santa Barbara, through the ritzy Riviera neighborhood, with views around each curve.

Off the APS is Franceschi Park (pictured; 1510 Franceschi Rd.), with Pacific views, plus picnic tables, trails, and the 19th-century house of botanist Francesco Franceschi.

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