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Going to Santa Barbara Car Free

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A scenic train trip, bicycle rides, museums, electric trolleys and wine tasting (and discounts for being eco-friendly to boot). This is how to do Santa Barbara.

For 10 years, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has run a progressive program luring tourists to the region without a car. Get to the oceanside city by Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, a beautiful ride that partially cruises along the ocean in a couple hours (Currently, there's a 20% discount, but make sure you book three days in advance and look for blackout dates. In 2009 the promotion might change a little). Once you step off the train, a couple bicycle rental places are within walking distance, but you can bring our own bike too, which is useful.

Also very close to the station are a handful of places to go wine tasting at (we recommend the locally owned Kalyra directly across the street and the The Cheese Shop [picture above]). For something a little further away and adventurous, try the Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours or Sustainable Vine Wine Tours in a biodiesel tour vehicle.