I took a trip to Santa Barbara on the Coast Starlight train, which, as its name suggests, travels right along the west coast of California. The first hour or so of the journey was a bit boring with just the urban landscape of LA to look at. Once the train moved to the coast the view was much better. The train has two levels, with a viewing lounge on the upper level.
It can get quite close to the sea.
The station at Santa Barbara was built in 1902 and is Spanish Mission Revival Style.
Sterns Wharf, which is actually a pier, is a five minute walk from the station and provides great views of Santa Barbara. I had lunch in one of the restaurants on the Wharf, and from my table I saw dolphins and sea lions.
The city itself is fairly low rise with pretty, tree lined, streets.
I had time to watch the sunset, from the Wharf, before I got the train back to LA.