Honeymoon in Santa Barbara Aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

A man and woman embracing in front of a train on their honeymoon.

When it comes to stateside honeymoon destinations, you really can’t get much more picturesque than Santa Barbara, California. Nestled on the Central coast of California, this beautiful seaside city is the perfect spot to spend your first newlywed days, complete with plenty of wine, lots of sunshine, and gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

With so much beautiful scenery surrounding you, it only makes sense to take your time, slow down, and soak it all in—which is why you might want to consider taking the train to this most romantic of honeymoon destinations.

Train tracks on the coast of California next to the Pacific Ocean.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner treks its way across the California coast from San Diego all the way up to San Luis Obispo, which is about 100 miles north of Santa Barbara. Whether you’re staying in Santa Barbara for the week or you’re only there for the night, the Pacific Surfliner provides a spectacularly scenic way to travel to “The American Riviera.” From the train car, you’ll have panoramic views of the ocean, which isn’t exactly the worst way to start off your honeymoon.

The Perks of Honeymoon Train Travel

A train with a blurry background.

Traveling to Santa Barbara by the Pacific Surfliner is not only a more scenic and relaxing way to get to your honeymoon, but it also comes with some conveniences like discounts on popular tourist destinations and bike storage, not to mention the ability to enjoy a nice glass of wine while looking out at the breathtaking coastline.

Bike Storage

There’s no better way to experience Santa Barbara than by bicycle. With dozens of trails and city-wide protected bike lanes, it’s always fun to commute by bike when you’re in town. When you book your travel on the Pacific Surfliner, you have the ability to add on storage for a bicycle as long as it meets the standard requirements.

The pier in Santa Barbara, California.

With your bike in tow, you can easily ride over to wine tastings in the Funk Zone, bike down the famous Cabrillo Boulevard to the city’s biggest boardwalk Stearns Wharf, or ride your bike down State Street and stop to peruse the boutiques and department stores.

Santa Barbara Discounts

An aerial view of Santa Barbara with the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Your train ticket gets you so much more than the ability to hop on board the Pacific Surfliner—it can also serve as a way to earn discounts at participating spots in town. You can save on anything from nights at hotels, scenic wine tours, tickets to the Maritime Museum or the Santa Barbara zoo, and even a sunset cruise on a yacht! To check out all the ways you can save, head to the Santa Barbara Car Free Experience website.

Enjoy a Glass of Wine on the Way

Though you’ll soon enough be enjoying plenty of wine from some of the Central Coast’s best vineyards, what better way to start off the honeymoon than sipping on your favorite beverage from the comfort of the train car? The Pacific Surfliner is fully stocked with everything you need to sip or munch on, like local craft beers, California wines, and sandwiches or chips and hummus.

The No-Stress Way to Travel

The train station in Santa Barbara, California.

Traveling by train can feel downright luxurious because it doesn’t involve headaches like heavy traffic or lengthy security checks. When you travel by train, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the views—making it the ideal way to spend the first few hours on your honeymoon.

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