Santa Barbara

Route Information: May 14, 2015 - Stage 5 Start

Ideally situated between the inviting waters of the Pacific and the mountains that rise up from it and between Northern and Southern California, Santa Barbara offers the best of both worlds. Over 300 days of sunshine every year guarantee unending outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-rate cycling, hiking, golf, whale watching and a vast array of water sports. Days of fresh ocean air are met with evenings of live cultural performances, gourmet dining and a world-class wine scene. In Santa Barbara, enjoyment is a way of live and the opportunities are endless.

"Santa Barbara was part of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California 10 years ago and we are honored to be included in the 10th anniversary of this impressive and exciting California event," said Visit Santa Barbara President and CEO Kathy Janega-Dykes. "The race brings national and international awareness to our world-class cycling destination, as well as a boost to local hospitality businesses. We welcome both and look forward to hosting participants and teams."

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, "The Amgen Tour of California is highly anticipated by both locals and visitors alike and we’re pleased to welcome back this cornerstone athletic event to our community. Its philanthropic nature and energetic atmosphere make it a fun, exhilarating experience of which we’re happy to be a part. I look forward to personally cheering the riders on as they take off on their Stage 5 start along the Santa Barbara waterfront!"

For insider trip ideas, cruise over to SantaBarbaraCA.com.

  • Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and award-winning wine country, but it is also a great place for cycling. With miles of rolling city terrain, endless mountain trails and perfect year-round weather, cyclists can choose from an easy beachfront pedal to a more challenging ride into the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains and everything in between.
  • With the Pacific Ocean beckoning, the Santa Barbara South Coast does not skimp on outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking to jump on a stand-up paddleboard, hop in a sea kayak, or take to the surrounding trails, it’s easy to be your own motor here.
  • Known as the "Galapagos of North America," the Channel Islands offers year-round whale watching, diving, spectacular hiking and kayaking in the Painted Cave – one of the world's largest and deepest sea caves.
  • Did you know that before Hollywood, Santa Barbara was the hub of California's film industry? The region has been cast in classics such as The Graduate, Seabiscuit and Sideways.
  • Want to know a little secret about Santa Barbara? It truly comes alive the first Thursday of each month. First Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. Check out art exhibit openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities.
  • Revel in the beauty of Old Mission Santa Barbara, known as "the Queen of the Missions." This beautiful church is still home to an active parish, and is steeped in California's incredible history of the Spanish Franciscans and their relationship with California's Native Americans. Take a self-guided tour through the mission, or listen to a docent describe the mission's art and architecture in detail. You can also wander over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and take in more history at the mission's cemetery and mausoleum.
  • Santa Barbara, "The American Riviera ®," is considered one of America's most European cities, with Mediterranean-style villas nestled in a spectacular coastal setting.
  • Santa Barbara's The Funk Zone has been developing a contemporary Santa Barbara sub-culture of artisan shops, hip eateries, nook wine tasting rooms and award-winning microbreweries over the past years. It is home to a majority of Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail—a series of 20+ tasting rooms representing Santa Barbara County wineries and vineyards that make a day or an afternoon of wine tasting SB's best fun and easy.
  • Take a green vacation. Cut back on car use in town – or skip driving altogether. The Santa Barbara Car Free program offers incentives including discounts at hotels, restaurants and other city businesses.