4 Best Things To Do on Stearns Wharf!

Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf in Santa BarbaraWorld famous Stearns Wharf of the American Riviera is one of the region’s most desired limo destinations. Maybe particularly true for tourists and vacationers, a visit to Stearns Wharf is a must when visiting Santa Barbara. Let us present the four most-visited sites on the pier!


4) Ocean Excursions


Celebration Cruises is situated at the end of the pier. Here they offer a variety of adventures at sea, including sunset dining cruises and whale-watching tours. A number of other local services offer boat trips, including Sunset Kidd, Condor Express and SB Adventure Company.


3) Museum of Natural History


The Sea Center can also be found at the wharf. Bring the kids to experience their shark exhibitions! Over fifty species are at display, as well as the popular interactive tide-pool.


2) Wine-Tastings


Deep Sea Tasting Room is one of a kind. How many wineries are actually located over the Pacific Ocean? Enjoy a romantic outing or bring a group of friends for a memorable tasting adventure. This wine tasting venue is often combined on longer tours to vineyards of Santa Ynez or local tasting-rooms in town.


1) Dining


It may be to no one’s surprise that the numerous eateries are the most popular here. Head to Moby Dick for some great cocktails overlooking the Pacific, or enjoy award-winning seafood at the Shellfish Company. Char West Fast Food, Harbor Restaurant and Longboard’s Grill are three other alternatives for restaurants.

Ready to try out this Santa Barbara icon a whole new way? Having served the city for over twenty years in business, we offer Limousine city tours, party bus rentals, trips to wine country, Limousine buses, and more! Contact us today for an unforgettable journey to the American Riviera.

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5 Best LA Wine-Tasting Tours

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most scenic wine country. Having offered wine-tasting tours throughout the region for over twenty years, we know the ins and outs of about every SoCal vineyard. From the tasting rooms in the city to the green rolling vineyards of the countryside — these are our top picks for best wine-tasting adventures in Southern California!



5. Los Angeles wine tours

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Airport sedan at Downtown’s San Antonio Winery

Although not home to any vineyards per say, tasting rooms are endless in the City of Angels. Maybe the most popular tours for our airport sedan and LA limousine services include the wineries of Downtown LA, including the San Antonio Winery, the oldest still producing winery in the city. San Antonio also offers daily behind-the-scenes tours of its winery, and is also one of few wineries to offer food. Many smaller independent wineries are found throughout the Greater LA Area, including St. James Spirits in Irwindale, Rancho De Philo Winery in Alta Loma, Galleano Winery in Mira Loma and Joseph Filippi Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Orange County is home to numerous great tasting-rooms and wineries popular for limousine and party bus riders, including Anaheim’s O.C. Custom Wine, Sierra Madre Vineyard in Placentia, Stewarts Vineyards in Yorba Linda and the Departure Wine Company in Orange. Several of these wineries are only open for scheduled appointments, make sure to research opening times or contact our limo services to set up your wine tour itinerary.



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4. Santa Barbara wine tours

limo-in-santa-barbara-limousineYou don’t have to venture out in the backcountry to experience great tastings. There are numerous great tasting-rooms located within the city of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf have become increasingly popular and offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. One of the unique qualities of wine-tasting tours in Santa Barbara is the close proximity between the various tasting-rooms. A short walk separates over ten wineries in the city, including tasting-rooms such as the Corks n’ Crowns Tasting Room, Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room, Kalyra by the Sea, Lafond Winery and Fox Wine Co. A great tour worth researching is the Sustainable Vine Wine Tours with behind-the-scene experiences at various wineries, including Ampelos Cellars, Demetria- and Alma Rosa Wineries. The Santa Barbara Winery is a must, which is the oldest winery in the county. A great start to a wine-tasting experience on the American Riviera is to watch the movie Sideways (2004). Featuring many of the county’s most popular wineries, watching Sideways will inspire and excite all wine-lovers.

3. Malibu wine tours

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Live music at Malibu Family Wines

Maybe despite what you might think, the inland Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu is home to nearly fifty vineyards with numerous great wineries and tasting rooms. Furthermore, Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio is a tasting-room for those who prefer tastings by the sea! Located just across the PCH from Topanga Beach is where we find Rosenthal, which often offers live music, outdoor movie screenings and standup comedy shows to accompany the wine-tasting. Further inland is where we find Cornell Winery & Tasting Room, Malibu Family Wines and SIP Malibu Grapes, three additional tasting rooms located in the beautiful Malibu Canyons and hidden away from the busy freeway. While picnicking is popular for limo- and party bus customers at Malibu Family Wines, while Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is situated right next-door from the Old Place Restaurant where one can easily combine a meal to the wine tour. It’s a lot of great live entertainment at both Malibu Family Wines and Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Make sure to check out their itineraries online to combine your wine-tasting tour with the entertainment of your choice.

2. Santa Ynez wine tours

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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez

One of Southern California’s most scenic and picturesque vineyards can be found in the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys of Santa Barbara County. Conveniently located within a short drive from cities such as Santa Barbara and Ventura, these valleys of ever-green rolling hills and beautiful winery-mansions make for the ultimate Southern California wine-tasting adventure. Bordered by the Purisma Hills, Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountains, the Santa Ynez Valley consists of over 40,000 acres of vineyards and is considered one of SoCal’s most unflawed and idyllic wine-growing regions in California. Some of the most popular wineries for limo services are the Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Firestone Vineyards, Kalyra Winery, Brander Vineyard and the Gainey Vineyard. Bridlewood makes for a quintessential tastings adventure and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards which are ideal for picnicking in the natural beauty of the valley. Both Bridlewood- and Sunstone Wineries are worth a visit solely because of its gorgeous architecture. While Bridlewood has an equestrian architecture, Sunstone is built after an European estate. Bring your picnic basket along and enjoy an outdoor lunch at Kalyra- or Bridlewood Winery!

1. Temecula wine tours

best-wine-tours-santa-barbaraArguably the most gorgeous vineyards in the nation can be found the famous Temecula Valley of Riverside County. Here you will find over 30,000 acres of vineyards and more than fifty wineries spread throughout the valley. With a tourism industry that accumulates over half a billion dollars per year, Temecula Valley is a tremendously popular limousine destination for both local Californians as well as tourists visiting the region. Located 85 miles south of Los Angeles, Temecula can be visited by taking a 90-minute ride south or by being combined with Palm Springs, which is relatively close by. Some of the most visited wineries by our limousine clientele include the Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard, Mount Palomar Winery, Miramonte Winery, Leoness Cellars and Hart Family Winery. While Leoness Cellars and Mount Palomar Winery offer dining on location, the beautiful vineyards at Wilson Creek is also popular make for great picnicking. Live music and entertainment can be enjoyed at the Miramonte- and Mount Palomar Wineries. Tastings at Leoness Cellars are often served in the combination with food pairings such as cheeses and more. The beautiful palace and natural beauty surrounding the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa can make for a great getaway, complete with its own hotel, shops, restaurant, spa and more.

We serve all Southern California vineyards — from the Malibu Canyons to the Santa Ynez Mountain and down to the Temecula Valley. So for whatever kind of wine-tasting adventure you’d like to experience, contact us today at toll-free number (866) 319-LIMO to reserve your wine-tasting trip!

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Most Romantic Santa Barbara Activities

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Strolling State Street is an essential activity in S.B.

Ranked as one of America’s most romantic cities, the American Riviera is an ideal choice for many when picking a dating location. Which is also why so many order their dates with limo services in the Santa Barbara area or from another location, such as transportation to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange County, and other areas in Southern California. With more than 690 eateries, restaurants and bakeries, the American Riviera is also one of the most restaurant- and bar dense communities in the country. Furthermore, its charming Spanish architecture including the iconic red-tile roofs are a distinctive romantic attribute to the city. With its beautiful SoCal beaches, palm-lined boulevards and avenues, and the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the back, the American Riviera is an obvious choice for many couples looking for a romantic getaway. The city’s most visited tourist attraction, the Santa Barbara Mission, was founded in the late 1780’s and is one of California’s most historic colonial treasures. Few minutes from the mission is where we find the famous botanic garden, an over sixty acre park with representations from all types of endemic Californian flora. Make sure to bring your date by the Pritchett Bench for the most relaxing, charming and romantic experiences.

a-lady-in-a-vineyard-on-santa-barbara-wine-tours-2016-experienceOnly thirty minutes from downtown S.B. is where we find the rolling green hills and vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley, maybe Southern California’s most popular destination for wine tours. Easily combined with romantic outings in town, the vineyards and wine country of S.B. County is a must see for everyone, and maybe particularly for dating couples. Before leaving town, do not forget to make a visit to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, which is the largest Australian tree in America with branches covering over 165 feet (easily covering over a thousand people on hot summer days.) A local sailor came ashore with its seed in mid 1870’s and handed the seed to a local girl, who then proceeded to plant it where it still stands today. A remarkable story and a beloved landmark. For 19th- and 20th century art, bring your date to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to see some beautiful paintings and artifact items. Or as many ask our limousine service when booking their trip: “What is the most romantic S.B. beach?”. While the West Beach and maybe particularly the East Beach are the most visited beaches in the area, they are definitely not the finest beaches on the American Riviera. Stretching all the way from Montecito to Stearns Wharf is where we find East Beach, by far ing most visited beach in the area. For dating couples looking for a more secluded and romantic location, the Leadbetter Beach is a sheltered and secluded beach which is great for lone swimming or picnicking. Alternatively, one can check out the Mesa Lane Beach or Hendry’s Beach for some of Southern California’s most idyllic stretches of sand beach.

west-beach-santa-barbara-from-stearns-wharf-after-a-limo-trip-by-local-limousine-services-luxuryAn array of outdoorsy activities are available. Go by the Visitor’s Center to pick up your hiking maps before venturing on to for example the Seven Falls Trail, one of the most popular trails in town. Furthermore, the historic Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park includes thousands-of-year-old pictographs and petroglyphs, and is also appearing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because of its tremendous historic value. Many Santa Barbara limo passengers decide to stop by here on their way to or from the Santa Ynez vineyards. Clientele looking for hotels in the area have many choices. Some of our most romantic picks would be the El Capitan Canyon, El Encanto Hotel and Garden Villas, Hotel Oceana, Inn of the Spanish Garden, Simpson House Inn, and the Upham Hotel and Country House. Surrounding areas are also home to a variety of great hotel options, for instance the Bacara Resort in Goleta, Inn on Summer Hill in Summerland, or the San Ysidro Ranch or Four Seasons Biltmore located in Montecito, CA. Wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys are guaranteed to be a romantic getaway, but even more so if combined with a romantic layover in wine country! Our favorites here include the Union Hotel in Los Alamos, Santa Ynez Inn in the town of Santa Ynez, Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, as well as the Ballard Inn in Ballard and Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang. Santa Barbara’s breathtaking wine-country isn’t just famous for its great wine varietals and natural beauty, but also an increasing number of great restaurants are finding their way to SoCal’s vineyards. Some of our clientele’s favorites are the Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, Chef Rick’s in Santa Ynez, the Nuuva Restaurant & Café in Ballard, as well as the Hitching Post in Buellton.

santa-barbara-architecture-style-unique-limousineHowever, venturing out on a wine-tasting tour is far from required for fine dining in the S.B. area. As a matter of fact, many renting our party bus services for their trips to the vineyards actually prefer staying in town for their meals prior or after visiting the wine country. The Beachside Bar Café located in Goleta Beach Park might be one of the county’s most romantic diners where you can enjoy a beautiful meal on the beach surrounded by beachgoers, surfers and a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Closer to town is where we find amongst others the magnificent Wine Cask on Anacapa Street, a great spot for dining and wine pairings. Alternatively, couples often head to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on the Stearns Wharf for some great wine tastings surrounded by picturesque ocean-views. For some excellent French cuisine, we’ve even had airport transfers going by Bouchon on West Victoria Street for their great local wine tasting offers and tasty meals. Consistently ranked as one of the city’s greatest restaurants, Citronelle on Cabrillo Boulevard will not let you down. Not too into French cuisine? Try the Italian Emilio’s Ristorante, also located on Cabrillo. Many of our limousine service clientele love Epiphany, an elegant restaurant on Victoria Street owned by Kevin Costner and his wife. For Santa Barbara limo customers looking to dine by Montecito, we would recommend Plow and Angel Bistro on San Ysidro Lane, one of the area’s first restaurants specializing on gourmet dining.

stearns-wharf-taken-on-a-santa-barbara-wine-tasting-tour-in-2016From historic missions, white sandy beaches and among the highest density of eateries, the American Riviera might be one of the most romantic destinations you and your partner can do. Even more so when accompanied by chauffeured limousine or party bus services. Whether you are visiting the Santa Barbara Bowl or the Museum of Art or anything in between, you can trust us for a timely pickup and arrival with the utmost professional drivers and luxurious vehicles. Whether you are heading to the iconic zoo or one of the city’s many outdoor music venues, any event can be made even better when arriving in luxury stretch limousines or party bus options by your own preference. Even local airport transfers from/to the municipal airport, LAX or any other SoCal airport can be made less stressful and more stylish by reserving your own chauffeured vehicle of choice. Contact us today for an exclusive price match guarantee and to learn more about how Yelpers may qualify for even lower rates.

Going out on town for your date? See our Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide!

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NEW: Introducing LA Pokemon Go Tours! | Click To See Best Los Angeles Pokéspots & Discounts!

pokemon-go-los-angeles-limo-services-2016-la-city-tours-by-blackhawkBecause of the high number of people requesting limo tours in order to catch Pokemons, we at Blackhawk have made a list of some of the most popular and best places for Pokemon Go in LA. Every Pokemon Go player will know that there’s nothing more annoying than watching all those rare Pokemons just fly by on the side of the freeway with no possibility of being caught. Of course playing on your cellphone is also incredibly dangerous while driving, which makes it even more annoying that most Pokemons seem to appear while driving fast down a street or road. But the perfect solution is here – for kids, teenagers, birthday parties, friends night’s out or for any other occasion, – Blackhawk is now proud to be able to offer chauffeured Pokemon hunts to some of the region’s most popular Pokemon spots.

Tips for Discounts & Deals!

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Look for water type Pokemons by the ocean

Did you know several places throughout the City of Angels offer discounts for Pokémon Go players? If not, check this out! Not only do Pokémon Go players get 50 % off the admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art, but can also enjoy the $5 drinks at Santa Monica Pier’s Rusty’s Surf Ranch exclusively for those playing Pokémon Go. Tag a photo of a Pokémon inside the Skirball Cultural Center and upload it to social media in order to get the chance of winning free tickets for up to four people. The number of places offering special deals for Pokémon Go players are rapidly increasing, people booking limos for rent on their hunt can ask the restaurant or other destination in advance of possible discounts for Pokémon Go players. Looking for a place to stay? Why not take advantage of Hilton Los Angeles’ in Universal City with its 3 pokéstops and a gym? Swing by Silver Lake’s El Cid for a weekly Pokemon Go happy hour every day from 4-6 PM with drinks for only $5 for all Pokemon players. Also take advantage of a 20 percent off at Hollywood’s Yamashiro. The city metro has also recently launched its own Twitter page for Pokemon Go players with info on pokéstops and more, check out @PokemonGOMetro on Twitter! Going to the airport? Ordering LAX sedan services will allow you to actually visit the abundance of pokéstops located throughout the terminals. Ask the driver to go slowly, or stop by each pokéstop!

Best Places for Water Pokemons

santa-monica-pier-2016-on-a-pokemon-go-city-tour-with-la-limoWhile most go to the Santa Monica- and Venice Beaches on their hunt for water Pokemons, there are many additional places that might be just as fun and rewarding. Both the Santa Monica Pier and many areas in Venice have pokéstops, which makes it easy to refill pokéballs while still looking for new ones. A recent birthday party of kids in a Ventura party bus ventured down to Santa Monica Beach for three reasons: 1) They had heard extremely rare types such as Dratini and Electabuzz are prevalent here, 2) The Santa Monica Pier has three Pokéstops, and 3) In order to catch water Pokemons. For the adult players, remember to go by the Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the pier for an exclusive $5 drink deal for Pokémon Go players. Looking for a place for water Pokemons while dining? The beautiful Cheesecake Factory on the beach in Marina del Rey might be your best shot. Not just a pokéstop with gym nearby, with its location on the beach it draws an incredibly huge amount of rare Pokemons. Many limousine rental riders have caught Pokemons such as Seel, Shelldeer, Squirtle, Hitmonlee, Gloom, Kabutops, and so many more at this location. Just a short walk from the ocean shore, go for a stroll at the beach in between refilling for pokéballs at the pokéstop for an even bigger chance of catching a water type.

Pokehunting & Rollercoasters

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Theme parks are meccas for PokéStops, gyms, and Pokemons!

Universal Studios Hollywood might be our number one recommendation for best places for Pokemon Go in LA. Our gamer clientele have told us there are “way more than twenty pokéstops here,” and many rare Pokemons have been caught here. Similarly, we recently transported Santa Barbara limo clientele from Montecito to Disneyland because of the theme park’s abundance of Pokemons. “Nearly all rollercoasters are also pokéstops,” a satisfied mother told the chauffeur after their day of rides and pokéhunting in Disneyland. If you end up heading to Universal, make sure to take a stroll along Universal CityWalk for a great chance of seeing rare Pokemons and discovering many pokéstops in addition to CityWalk’s two gyms. As far as inside Universal Studios, you can enjoy 20 pokéstops at the Studio tours and visit the park’s numerous gyms. Not to forget, the studio tours are also a great way of getting your eggs to hatch early! Don’t forget to go by the Transformers ride for not just a gym, but two pokéstops.

Pokemon Go Malibu Wine Tours!

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This old vehicle at Malibu Family Wines is also a PokéStop.

Malibu Family Wines is the best place for enjoying a wine tour while still catching Pokemons. Not only does this winery offer a gym, but also two pokéstops, which can make a visit here a lot of fun! By their private safari tours further up the Malibu Canyons there isn’t just an additional pokéstop, but people of all ages will love their safaris featuring animals such as buffalos, camels, zebras, giraffes, alpacas, turtles, and more. If you arrive on your own, this is also the place where you will be parking your vehicle before jumping on one of their many shuttles going back to the winery. One of the major reason limousine rental clients fall in love with this place is their great weekend entertainment, featuring karaoke nights, movie screenings, standup comedy, concerts, and much more! Many visitors here combine their tours with visits to the Malibu Café, where you can also find numerous pokéstops as well as a gym. The Malibu Café also has a gorgeous creek running by which increases your chances of catching water types. Come by after dark for a higher chance of witnessing rare and desired Pokémon types. Other Malibu wine-tasting venues include Cornell as well as Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Clientele booking Malibu wine tours to Rosenthal love that it’s right across from the Pacific Ocean, increasing the chances of catching water types. Being a gym, Ladyface Alehouse in Agoura is popular for many renting our Ventura party bus vehicles and limousines for mixing wine-tasting with poké-hunting.

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There are countless PokéStops and Pokemons at LAX.

Prefer traveling by public transport? The Twitter app @PokemonGOMetro can help you discover the many pokéstops and gyms located at most metro trail stations in LA. Furthermore, Downtown’s Union Station with its many significant landmarks and paintings is home to numerous pokéstops and gyms, making it a mecca for many utilizing limos for rent in search of Pokemons. Prefer walking? As both the Grove and the Pan Pacific Park are home to numerous pokéstops and gyms, go for the quick walk and get the most of your visit to the mall! Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara limo for pokehunting on Santa Ynez wine tours, or a party bus for a Pokemon themed birthday or gathering, Blackhawk is your choice for LA and LAX sedan services, limos, buses, SUV’s and other luxury vehicles. Call us today for a free quote, or to hear more about the exclusive price match guarantee for all new clients.

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5+ Best LA Theme Parks!

southern-california-2016-theme-parks-best-top-by-la-limo-services-and-lax-limousine-service-at-the-airportDid you know that LA is home to America’s fastest rollercoasters? The Greater Los Angeles Area is home to countless theme parks, carnivals and amusement parks with activities for the whole family. Whether to experience the nation’s fastest rides or the original Disney theme park, our limo services is a top notch choice for all destinations. For many tourists, booking a stretch Hummer limousine is a perfect beginning for a vacation at the Disneyland Resort. For locals, booking stretch limos for Universal Studios or Magic Mountain can make the adventure a little more exciting. Birthday parties are for good reason often celebrated at local theme parks with limousines for transportation. Why not combine a birthday party, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, and an awesome limo excursion? We do offer a price rate guarantee, but the increasingly expensive costs of admission to the parks can be a pain. Smaller theme parks aren’t just less costly to visit, but offers generally speaking less time waiting and more time for fun. From some of the world’s largest – to some of the local hidden gems – here are our bets for the best Southern California theme parks.

Happiest Place on Earth

disneyland-limo-services-in-los-angeles-party-bus-and-limousine-rental-LACreated by Walt Disney in the mid 1950’s, the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim is the original Disney theme park and also Southern California’s most visited tourist attraction. With over 16 million visitors per year, the Disney theme park is also the sixth most visited tourist attraction in America. With millions of tourists visiting the park every year, we are offering daily LA airport transportation and limousines for clients vacationing in Southern California. Disneyland was established in 1955, while the more recent newcomer, the Disney California Adventure opened in 2001. Main Street U.S.A. is a must with its shops and cafes, while Tomorrowland is another attraction worth experiencing. Looking to spend a few days at Disneyland? Many clients order their Los Angeles party bus for their ride there, then stay for a few nights, and call us for the rides home. Some of the most popular hotels include the Disneyland Hotel on Magic Way, Disney’s Paradise Pier on Disneyland Drive, and the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel on South Disneyland Dr. With over sixteen million people visiting each year, the wait lines can be long and sometimes even intolerable. Order a fast pass ticket to reduce the time waiting in lines for each ride. Whether you are in need of sedans, limousines, party buses or LAX sedan service, American Luxury Limousine is the only Disneyland limo service offering a price match guarantee!


LA’s Entertainment Capital

entrance-to-universal-studios-hollywood-with-LA-limos-for-rent-in-los-angeles-ca-2016Maybe the most signature Southern California experience is a visit to the Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides popular rides such as Jurassic Park, Shrek, the Mummy and Simpsons, the studio tram tours are maybe the most popular ride here. On the studio tour, limousine rental clients can enjoy multiple sets from their favorite movies and television series, including sets from the airport scenes in War of the Worlds (2005), the famous Bates Motel in Psycho (1960), Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Amity Island in Jaws (1975), and the Mysteria Lane neighborhood in Desperate Housewives. Accompanied with one of our limos for rent, featured for example in the Bachelor, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Meet the Kardashians, everyone will feel like a big shot when visiting the studios! With over five million visitors per year, Universal Studios Hollywood is also the most visited tourist attraction in Los Angeles County, and one of America’s top ten most visited amusement parks! When they are done with the rides, many using our limos for rent go for a stroll along the adjacent Universal CityWalk. Here you can enjoy great restaurants, shopping, bars, and more. Most rides here are named after various best selling movies, including the Revenge of the Mummy the Ride, Terminator 2 3D, Jurassic Park the Ride, King Kong 360,  Shrek 4D, and more. People from all over Southern California use our Ventura-, LA- and Santa Barbara limo services for their transfers to and from Universal Studios. So wherever place in SoCal you are, we will be able to assist your transportation needs!

America’s Fastest Rollercoasters

lax-limo-and-la-airport-sedan-rentals-and-limos-for-rent-los-angelesWith some of the world’s fastest rollercoasters, including the Riddler’s Revenge and Tatsu, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the perfect choice for those seeking a thrill. Especially recommended for teenagers and adults alike, we get daily calls for LA limos and LAX sedan service for transportation to Magic Mountain in Valencia. The over 250-acre park has rides such as Scream, X2, Deja Vu, Goliath, Viper, Superman, and many more. Just 30 miles north of LA, we have weekly clients ordering their limousine rental from us in order to head to Magic Mountain. While X2 is a 5th dimensional rollercoaster, Viper reaches for the skies at nearly 190 feet in the air. Colossus is the fastest wooden rollercoaster in the Western U.S., while the Riddler’s Revenge is the world’s fastest standup rollercoaster. Full Throttle is the world’s fastest looping rollercoaster which goes through a 160 feet loop. Whether you’re in Santa Barbara, Ventura or LA, contact us for your LA airport transportation, city- and wine tours, birthday parties, proms, or any other event.

Best SoCal Waterparks

universal-studios-on-tour-with-american-luxury-limousine-los-angeles-california-2016With more than ten major water theme parks, the greater Los Angeles Area can be a difficult place to pick a water park to visit. With its beautiful sunny Mediterranean weather, it may be no surprise that water parks are popular destinations for our LA-, Ventura- and Santa Barbara limo services. Whether you prefer the larger parks such as Knott’s Soak City, Raging Waters Los Angeles or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, or smaller water parks with less waiting lines, Southern California has it! While Raging Waters is the largest park, occupying 45 acres, the water slides might be the best at the more famous Hurricane Harbor and Knott’s Soak City. Raging Waters is located in Boneli Regional Park, Soak City in Buena Park, and Hurricane Harbor is next door to Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Several of the smaller parks, such as Great Wolf Lodge by Anaheim, offers cheap pricing and less waiting. For example could a daily entrance ticket to the Great Wolf Lodge be found for $15, while adults are $7 at the Seaside Lagoon Redondo Beach! Other great water parks worth checking out include The Cove Water Park in Redondo, Los Angeles’ Stoner Park Splash Park, Sigler Park Splash Pad in Westminister, and the Buccaneer Bay Splash Water Park in La Mirada. While Malibu may not have a lot of theme parks, combining a day at the beach with a visit to the Malibu Wine Safaris on a Malibu wine tour might be just as fun!

Cheaper & Less Crowded

With so many great large and famous LA amusement parks, it is easy to mistakingly believe theme park admissions have to cost a fortune. But there are also several minor amusement parks throughout SoCal, where our Los Angeles party bus clients have told us the waiting lines are shorter and the price is cheaper at for instance Knott’s Berry Farm. You can expect half the prices and half the wait lines at Knott’s. Tickets here are $56.99 and with over 160 attractions, you will unlikely go through them all. Ghost Town and its Ghost Rider is a must. So is panning for gold here. Looking for a thrilling rollercoaster? You’ll find them too here. Check for instance out the Jaguar or Montezooma Revenge with its 75 foot loop. Other great rides worth checking out are the Xcelerator, the Boomerang, the Pony Express, Riptide, and many more. Cool off in the even more affordable next door water park, Knott’s Soak City, where the entrance is $21.99 for children. Enjoying a day at the beach? Head by the Pacific Park for the original pier theme park experience if you’re by Santa Monica, or head to on a safari and Malibu wine tour if you’re by Malibu! Exploring the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island? Visiting the Balboa Fun Zone is a must for anyone in Newport Beach.

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Where To Look For Animals In Santa Barbara County: Wildlife Viewing Guide


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Feeding the ostriches at Ostrichland USA in Buellton can be a lot of fun!

With nearly 3,800 square miles of scenic beauty, Santa Barbara County is home an to abundance of wilderness areas and blooming wildlife. From feeding ostriches at an ostrich farm in Buellton, photographing the Santa Barbara Channel’s dancing dolphins – to enjoying the nice mix of wine tasting and observing wild animals. We’ve got you covered for the best Santa Barbara wildlife tour! With the growing interest amongst clientele requesting limos for places such as the Malibu Wine Safari and the Santa Barbara Zoo, we have made our suggestions for some of the best and most popular destinations exclusively for all you animal lovers out there! Being maybe the most biodiverse county in the state, you can find an array of habitats for various species of wildlife.

 

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A giraffe at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo

First and foremost, no article about “viewing wildlife in Santa Barbara” is complete without a paragraph dedicated to the local city zoo. As we even get LAX sedan calls for clients wanting to head all the way to this particular zoo, it is certainly a must to go by for anyone visiting the American Riviera. Especially fun for the children, this zoo situated in thirty acres of lush gorgeous scenery, also known as the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Here you can come by for a day, or check out the family safaris where you can actually camp amongst the park’s lions and zebras! Feeding the giraffes is another favorite for many kids at the zoo. With over 600 animals and nearly 150 unique species, there are everything from Amazon boas, Chinese alligators, Asian elephants, African gorillas, penguins, snow leopards, and more. There are also domestic species such as California condors, American alligators, scorpions, black widows, California tree frogs, opossums, meerkats, and otters amongst others. Many limousine rentals clients love the California Trail show featuring the critically endangered California Vulture, one of the nation’s most seldom encountered animals. Follow up with a dinner at the Ridley Tree House Restaurant or the Wave for some amazing burritos and tacos.

 

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The Channel Island Fox is an endemic species to Santa Cruz Island and the Channel Islands National Park

Prefer seeing animals in their natural habitats? Fear not! Four of the eight California Channel Islands are also parts of the county, featuring maybe the state’s most beautiful natural settings at islands such as Santa Rosa- and Santa Cruz Islands. Contact Island Packers for your trip to the Channel Islands National Park in order to visit the islands. Here you can enjoy some of the whitest sandy beaches all for yourself at Santa Rosa Island, camp in the outback or venture on a hike for the best chance of discovering the many species uniquely endemic to the islands – animals found nowhere else on Earth. We recently transported people from Santa Ynez wine tours directly to the Island Packer Cruises for their short trip across the channel in order to visit Anacapa Island. Not only did they go here for the island’s natural beauty, but also to observe the many birds such as the Western Gull, Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Cormorant, and many more. They were also looking forward to seeing sea lions sunbathing and was hoping the experience the wave of Gray Whales when crossing the channel. Whales, sea lions, brown pelicans, seals, dolphins and even sharks are some of the animals our Santa Barbara limo customers experience on crossings of the S.B. Channel. If the California Channel Islands isn’t your first choice, check out the sunset dining cruises with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center!

 

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A whale-watching cruise in the Santa Barbara Channel can be rewarding!

How about actually feeding ostriches at an ostrich farm? Near Buellton is where we find OstrichLand U.S.A. where kids of all ages will love their chance of feeding these rather huge birds. Prefer sea-life over avifauna? Why not go on a whale watching cruise? The Condor Express will take you on an adventure you’re unlikely to forget. The two-deck cruise venture out on the ocean for a couple of hours, offering great chances of experiencing the idyllic California Grey Whale migrations. Other species you’re likely to encounter include numerous species of seals (e.g. Guadalupe Fur Seal, Northern Elephant Seal, Northern Fur Seal, Harbor Seal), sea lions (California Sea Lion, Northern Sea Lion), dolphins (Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, and then other species), and whales such as the Killer Whale and Gray Whale, and sharks such as the Tiger- and Great White Shark. Limos for rent clientele going on Santa Barbara whale cruises have told us about the Island Scrub Jay, a bird species only found on and around Santa Cruz Island: California’s largest island and located in S.B. County. And if you venture across the channel to the national park, remember to go on a look for the native endemic Channel Island Fox – yet another animal found nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps not as exciting, the Island Fence Lizard is also an endemic animal on these windswept Pacific islands.

 

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Prefer something closer to LA? How about a Malibu wine tour safari!?

Santa Barbara limo services so often transport people these days for the butterfly sanctuaries and exhibits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Here you can enjoy walking amongst free flying colorful butterflies in a beautiful botanical garden. While over thirty species of butterflies can be seen here, an even more popular pick is Pismo State Beach, which has America’s largest number of Monarch butterflies. From November through the month of March, visitors to this beach can enjoy views of as many as 200,000 rather huge Monarch butterflies, filling the trees and making an unbeatable experience. Pismo State Beach also is one of the state’s largest sand dunes, and is a protected area partly due to its abundance of wildlife. We have had LAX sedan callers heading here and telling us about the awesome beavers in Meadow Creek as well as larger numbers of bobcats than most places in California. With over fifty species over birds present year-long, start your adventure here by heading to the Pismo Beach Nature Center at the Oceano Campground. Here limousine rentals clientele can enjoy an outstanding exhibit of park butterfly-, animal-, bird- and fish species.

 

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Many vineyards are often visited by deer and other animals

But why head to San Luis Obispo County for sand dunes, when Santa Barbara County has California’s largest sand dunes at Nipomo Dunes Preserve in Guadalupe? And while Pismo Beach brags 50 species of birds, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 200 bird species! Being a safe-place for endangered animals such as the Snowy Plover, California Red-Legged Frog and the California Tiger Salamander, spotting rare animals here are not rare. The more than 2,500-acre nature preserve is also home to Mountain lions, Bobcats, Foxes, Mule Deer, Eagles, Brown Pelicans, Black-Tailed Deer, and numerous other species of animals. Come here in March for a landscape covered with flowers of all colors. Some winters the beach draws half a million (!) Sooty Sherwaters, which can be quite the view.

Yet another local option is the beautiful Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in the Santa Ynez Valley, a popular destination for through-traveling wine-sippers on various Santa Ynez wine tours. Here you can enjoy the two hour wildlife cruise of the lake, offered by the Santa Barbara County Parks. The Neal Taylor Nature Center here is free of charge and offers exhibits on local fauna, flora, history and more. Having one of California’s largest habitats for Bald Eagles, Lake Cachuma is a great spot for seeing a Bald Eagle in its right element. With over 5 miles of trails, venturing by foot will give you a great chance of seeing one of the area’s many mammals, including bobcats, cougars, foxes, rabbits, deer, and many more. Lovers of reptiles and amphibians will find tours of the lake particularly enjoyable. Limos for rent can be for any occasion. Why not go on a stylish and memorable limousine wildlife tour?

Limo service at Santa Barbara Zoo

Bachelorette parties can be so fun!

bachelorette-party-with-a-limousine-santa-barbara-limo-service-june-2016Tired of the usual outings? How about the unusual? Check out the Grapeseed Company, where you can make a custom scent. They sell oils, soaps, lotions, and such. Be sure to pre-book for your private party. The Painted Cabernet has has great reviews and can be very fun to do with friends. Here you can paint your own master piece of art! If you want to be even more different, head over to the Santa Barbara Zoo and compare yourself to real party animals! That is definitely unusual and untraditional for your bachelor- or bachelorette party.

Want a unique dinner? Reserve a fire-pit table at Cafe Zaytoon. It’s a really cool atmosphere… there is belly dancing on weekend nights and great Mediterranean food. Another spot for dinner with high ratings for atmosphere and great cocktails is the Blush Restaurant & Lounge. The location brags that it IS the top bachelorette party location for Santa Barbara limousine customers. Our exclusive wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys are also a pick where you cannot go wrong.

There is always the strong cocktails and fun crowd at Joe’s Cafe.

limos-in-Santa-Barbara-limousine-and-LAX-sedanSome fun beach restaurants for daytime food and drinks:

  • Shoreline Beach Cafe at Leadbetter Beach
  • East Beach Grill at East Beach
  • Brophy Brothers at the Harbor
  • Beachside Bar Cafe at Goleta Beach
  • Brophy Brothers

Like kayaking? If you take off from the Santa Barbara Harbor, there will be no need to fight the swells like at the beach. You can cruise through the harbor, check out all the yachts, get some exercise, and check out the sea life. You should  definitely visit the SB Sailing Center. Many of our wine tours clients love the local wine-tasting venues along the coastal American Rivera, including the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf. Here you can sip wines while enjoying an unmatched view of the ocean. Others prefer the romantic sunset cruises, where you can enjoy champagne and a dinner on the sea. Many people fall in love with the Channel Islands National Park when they visit the incredible islands just miles of our coast. We’ve even had LAX sedan customers flying in from abroad to head straight to these islands for camping, hiking, kayaking, and other recreational activities.

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How about a sunset dining cruise?

Don’t like the water? Consider taking a nice hike. For out-of-towners, we would suggest Inspiration Point. It is a pretty easy to find with a well marked trail. It’s a popular trail and there will be others in case you get a bit lost. On the trail you cross a small creek, see a huge variety of plant life and end with a great view of the city. Also worth checking out for locals and visitors alike is the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, a cave with Native-American pictograms dating back thousands of years.

If you’re anti-sweat, just call us to book any Santa Barbara limousine and we can take you and your party to shop. State Street is the city’s main street and also a great spot which can keep you busy most of the day. You can cool down with some ice cream at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams. Many of our client’s favorite is the peppermint stick, but many others swear the island coconut flavor is best! State Street is home to a huge numbers of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. Maybe the most popular destination on State Street is the SB Bowl. Check their itineraries for upcoming shows, and make sure to reserve ahead of time to enjoy a dinner along with your show.

If you go to the Public Market, we HIGHLY recommend trying a cupcake at Enjoy Cupcakes. Trust us!

Don’t forget to use our LAX sedan, SUV-, bus- or limo service to retrieve your out-of-town guests from the airport! Great way to welcome them and start the experience off right. Whether your visitors fly in from the local airport, Burbank, L.A.X. or any other Southern California airport, you can trust our services to be timely and professional.

Experience Santa Barbara: The Ultimate California Beach City

winetasting-santa-ynez-wine-toursThe American Riviera isn’t just gorgeous landscapes with mountains and beaches, and sun year-long with ideal temperatures. It is home to the relaxed laid-back California lifestyle. The city knows how to impress: you can experience the great surf, go on city- or wine tours, see the town’s Spanish architecture with red roofs, or learn more about the city’s interesting history. For shopping at dining, the main street called State Street is a must. The locals love their city – and with good reason! Santa Barbara can be summarized in two words: seriously beautiful. If you’re a future photographer you should make sure to bring along the camera with an extra memory card and fully charged batteries – there’s a lot of beautiful photos to be taken here. The city is Spanish inspired with a unique vibe. You can also experience the gorgeous coastal views, a perfect place to shoot Instagram- or Snapchat photos!

Do as the locals: locals often take the tour to a local frozen yoghurt shop on a sunny day. Try out McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Yogurt, or Yogurtland not far from West Beach. It’s delicious! Furthermore, it is one of the greatest places in the country for wine-tastings: get on Santa Maria- or Santa Ynez wine tours to see the beautiful vineyards, valleys and picturesque landscape. Cheers!! Many Americans come here to escape the noise and stress of city life in places such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Stress is non-existent in the city and the laid-back lifestyle has reached new heights: time goes by slow here and you’ll be able to enjoy and treasure each and every minute. This is the perfect spot for some evening practice with the surf board. While experienced surfers often head to North County’s Jamala State Beach, newbies should start out in Southern County by heading to Stu Peak or Campus Point. But don’t let the ocean occupy you for too long, the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest behind town deserves a visit.

limousine-santa-barbara-limo-serviceFor the truly outdoorsy types, venture across the channel to make a stop at the California Channel Islands and the Channel Islands National Park. Did you for instance know an island close to town has the largest sea- and sea-lion populations in North America? Many come with the hope to catch a glimpse of the migrating whales, the magnificent bald eagles or the endemic Channel Islands Fox, one of many species only found on the islands. To see various species of seals, you can venture to Point Bennett or San Miquel Island for a guaranteed chance of spotting several ones. Furthermore, Santa Barbara limo riders will enjoy that more than 30 species of whales and dolphins travel through the city’s channel. Go on a whale excursion for the best chance of spotting dancing dolphins and gigantic whales.

Just as San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and San Diego has its fish tacos, the American Riviera has it’s own icon – the Old Mission. It might not be as big or visited as the Golden Gate, but this mission from the 1780’s is a signature Southern California landmark and ridiculously beautiful! The three-lined State Street is located in the heart of the historic Downtown and is home to the city’s best eateries and shopping. When the evening arrives, make sure to stroll by Stearns Wharf by the harbor for some great dining of all types. An alternative to Santa Ynez wine tours is sipping wine at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf while overlooking the vast ocean. You could end the day by taking a limousine service to a traditional Californian meal – we would recommend the city’s great authentic Mexican cuisine as well.

Few miles south of SB is the celebrity community of Montecito, home to an array of fashionable mansions and estates. For the ideal beach community and maybe a dinner by the sea, make sure to stop by Summerland nearby. A little bit up north is where we find the Danish community of Solvang, packed with Scandinavian architecture, eateries, bakeries, and more. Booking a limo or party bus for the Santa Barbara Bowl is hugely popular for live musical performances, concerts and entertainment. Those traveling with children will definitely enjoy a good time at the Santa Barbara Zoo, compact with hundreds of animals to see and hear. Those with a passion for history will love the Chumash Painted Cave nearby town, a historic cave with thousand year old pictographs from civilizations long gone.

limos-in-santa-barbara-party-bus-rentalThe American Riviera is known for its beautiful resorts, larger mansions and trendy shops, but the area is also home to many museums, galleries and festivals. Those interested in unique history and architecture will also like the Rafael Gonzalez House and the S.B. County Court House. A visit to the historic Spanish fortress at the Presidio is another must for those with a heart for history. Santa Barbara limo renters who appreciate fine arts will enjoy a day at the Museum of Art with its extensive European-, American- and Asian art collections. If newer art is appealing, check out the Contemporary Arts Forum for a gallery operated by artists and dedicated to quality art from the local area.

When strolling along the beach promenade you can easily head up State Street for world class shopping with everything from unique neighborhood shops to the more famous retailers. A true paradise for any shopper. There are affordable electric buses running up and down State Street and along the promenade which makes shopping and navigating easy. The city is recognized as one of America’s most exclusive cities and is a tourist destination throughout the year. Its mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful Spanish architecture and white sandy beaches make the American Riviera an ideal destination for many tourists renting an airport shuttle, wine tour or city transportation. With its relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, the town of barely 100,000 is smaller than most and can be easily maneuvered on foot. You can also reach the city by bus, train, limousine service, plane to the local airport or taxi service.

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After the enormous earth quake in 1925, the city was badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Restrictions led to houses only being lawfully allowed white painting and red roofs. This has given the city its exceptional Spanish colonial style. In the 1980’s and 1990’s party bus clients recently told us they watched the tv-series Santa Barbara where they fell in love with the city. The series lasted for over nine years and the storyline surrounded the glamorous life of the wealthy Capwell family and their rivals Lockridge. Whether you’re searching for a tour of the wine country, a ride to State Street or an airport shuttle, rest assure that we can assist you with all your transportation needs and preferences.

SoCal’s Pre-Colonial People

historic-sight-seeing-tours-chumashSouthern California has been inhabited for many thousands years. Let’s explore some of our Native-American historic places! A region we serve on a daily basis as the largest transportation provider – Santa Barbara-, Ventura, & San Luis Obispo Counties – were all making up the areas of SoCal where the Chumash people inhabited. In this article, we will explore some of the historic and educational places where you can see, learn, and experience the Chumash culture and history. From reconstructed villages to thousand year old petroglyphs, there are tons of spots throughout the area where you can experience our counties’ native history and indigenous people. Did you know the Chumash could be the first builders of canoes in North America? Or that the Chumash traded with neighbors such as the Tongva people? And did you know that there are numerous caves you may visit to see pictographs dating back thousands of years? Or that the city name of Malibu comes from a Chumash word? Let’s explore some of SoCal’s great Native-American, pre-colonial history!

 

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The Chumash Painted Cave is a popular and educational getaway

Just 11 miles from the American Riviera we transferred customers on one of our sight seeing tours to the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park. Foreign tourists wanting to see the thousand-year-old pictographs made by the city’s indigenous population. What makes these paintings unique is the fact that you can see them close up, only separated a few inches by a fence. This is unlike many other “pre-historic” Chumash paintings in the region, e.g. Burro Flats Painted Cave in Simi Valley or other cities such as Newbury Park and Camarillo. On the National Register of Historic Places, Santa Barbara’s Painted Cave is one of the most convenient and easy places to witness California’s ancient history. The rock paintings here are one in a kind, and it is interesting to see Santa Barbara wine tour clients trying to interpret the different paintings. But we did the research! Look for instance for the sign for the sun: red with a ring around it. You can also see signs for all kinds of other things, including men, women, fertility (a line with another line going through it), water (zic zac line), and water (several vertical lines leading to a horizontal line.) Chumash pictographs can also be seen at Painted Rock on the Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County.

 

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Venture out to the Channel Islands to learn more about the Chumash way of life!

Another possible destination for people interested in Chumash history is the California Channel Islands. Maybe easiest visited on a ferry trip with the Island Packers, the Channel Islands National Park is home to an abundance of native history. There were more than 1,200 Chumash islanders living on the islands, which also was home to ten villages. You’d be surprised, but more than 300,000 Chumash artifacts have been discovered on these islands! Our local clients and foreigners flying in and using our LAX airport limos have all told us about how these islands show how California once looked. Although largely undeveloped, the islands are popular for many recreational activities. Many like to go on hikes photographing the native landscape and looking for some of the endemic wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Others visit “North America’s Galapagos” to camp overnight, while some visit to go scuba-diving or kayaking. Some simply bring a book and visit the islands to spend the day alone on one of the many beaches. Areas of Native-American history here include petroglyphs in Olsen’s Cave on Santa Cruz Island, or Jones Cave on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa, once called Wi’ma by the islanders, was populated for over 13,000 years!

 

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The Painted Rock in San Luis Obispo has hundreds of ancient pictographs!

To explore some of the different unique artifacts that have been discovered, there are many choices you have. Some Santa Barbara limo clients head to the Mission, Natural History Museum, or the Historical Society. For clients further north, check out San Luis Obispo’s Hollister Adobe Museum, the Historical Museum, or the Mission San Luis Obispo Museum. In Ventura, the most popular places of Chumash significance include the Albinger Archeological Museum, the Ventura County Museum of History and Art, or the San Buena Ventura Mission Museum. If you’re by Ojai, check out the Ojai Valley Museum, or in Santa Maria see the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum. The Santa Ines Mission is your best bet in Solvang, Carpinteria has the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and Historical Society, while Lompoc is home to the La Purisima Mission State Historical Park and the Lompoc Museum. In LA County? Check out the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu or the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Mostly interested in historical displays? Check out the Presidio. Most interested in seeing how they live? On the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks and at the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu there are reconstructed Chumash villages. The re-constructed village tours are popular for people on sight seeing tours, families on an educational outing with or without kids, and even for classes of school children in a party bus or two.

 

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The Chumash often ventured over the Channel to visit the islanders on the Channel Islands

Did you know that several cities throughout the region have names derived from the Chumash language? We recently learned this from curious tourists ordering an airport sedan to head straight to the reconstructed village in Thousand Oaks. Did you for instance know the city name Point Mugu derived from the Chumash name Muwu? Or Port Hueneme from Weneme? Malibu was once Humaliwo, Lompoc was Lompo, and Simi Valley was Shimiyi, which eventually became Simi. The Chumash traded with various groups in the area, including the Tongva Indians of today’s Los Angeles County. While the northern Channel Islands were inhabited by Chumash Islanders, the southern islands (San Nicolas-, San Clemente-, San Clemente Islands) were all populated by the neighboring Tongva people. There are evidence that suggests these groups not only interacted on each other’s territories, but they also sailed with canoes to visit and do trade with other indigenous peoples. Experts riding with our limousine service have explained that they traded with the Yokuts people in the north to get tobacco and obsidian, while traded with the inland Mojave people to get items more abundant in the desert regions of the Mojave Indians.

 

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Check out the replica of an ancient Chumash village at the Thousand Oaks Chumash Museum!

So how many Chumash were there? Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber estimated a Chumash population of 10,000 as of 1770, while Alan K. Brown believed it to have been 15,000 in the 1770’s. Sherburne F. Cook estimated a total population of between 8,000 and 20,000 when the Europeans first came to California. What we do know however is that the native population sank drastically when discovered by European settlers. By the year 1900, only 200 Chumash Indians were left. By the U.S. Census of 2000, the Chumash population had increased though to a total number of 4,032 individuals. Having inhabited Southern California for over 12,000 years, the Chumash is definitely a group worth knowing more about, and in that way, also learning more about our state’s great history! Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara wine tour, transportation for your prom or wedding day, or to learn more about the state’s unique history at the many historic venues and museums, call us for more information on our luxury transportation services. Our fleet is the largest in the region, containing party buses, stretch limos, sedans, SUV’s, and other specialty vehicles for any group.

Looking for an LA- or Santa Barbara limo to Las Vegas? We can help you! Recently we had clients on this long trip as well wanting to take a break in Sloan, Nevada. This little hidden away small-town may didn’t seem like much, but our clients decided to stop here to visit the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area after having researched it online. And boy were we wrong! Sloan was home to hundreds of several thousands of years old rock paintings! Looking for LAX airport limos? A party bus for a night on town with friends? Or maybe just a chauffeured vehicle for a special night on town with your love(d) one(s). Contact your local SoCal transportation company today!

5 Best Tips For an Unforgettable Day in SoCal

With thousands of Californians and visitors annually booking our transportation services, we’ve gotten to know the SoCal region pretty well. From hot air balloon rides, sunset cruise dining on the ocean, camping on an island for yourself – here are some of the coolest things our clientele has done in the Southern California region! With nearly 300 days of sunshine yearly, hundreds of miles of sandy beaches and a never-sleeping metropolis, SoCal definitely is the spot that has it all.

Never-ending nightlife

Blackhawk-Ventura-party-bus-HollywoodAre you looking for that never-ending nightlife LA is so known for? We know all the places! Some of the most popular night clubs include Avalon Hollywood, the Sound Nightclub, Exchange LA, the Conga Room at L.A. Live, and The Edison. These places are extremely popular and often crowded, but offer an amazing opportunity to party and dance the night away. Many clients mistakingly think the nightlife of SoCal has to end early. Now that is wrong. While it is true that many Los Angeles nightclubs close by 2-, 3- or 4 am, LA is also home to many that stay open as long as you’re up. While Exchange LA has open till 6 am on Saturdays, Los Globos is open until 6 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Maybe the most visited late night club in the Greater L.A. Area, the Avalon Club on Vine Street, is open until 5 am on Fridays and 8 am on Saturdays. With 24/7 hour services, you never have to stop the party with an LA- or Ventura party bus either. For other places open as late as you need, check out the opening times of the bars of Hollywood and Downtown, or contact us for any questions you may have about LA nightlife or inquiries for L.A. limousines or LAX airport sedan offers. Our fleet includes everything from party buses, SUV’s, stretch limos and town cars. See also our own Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide.

Amazing shopping opportunities

limousine-Santa-Monica-limo-service-in-LASanta Monica’s Third Street Promenade might the most popular shopping district in Southern California. There are of course other places, such as various malls and outlets, including the Camarillo Outlets and many others, but the Third Street Promenade and its Santa Monica Place mall seem to be the two most popular shopping places for our customers. Preferred for its broad pedestrian-only streets, there is no need to bring your car to the Third Street Promenade. Located close to the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, combining a day at the beach with some shopping is a great way of spending the most out of your time. Obviously most chosen by our Santa Barbara limo customers is the city’s main street, State Street. For souvenirs and unique Southern California items, check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the Venice Boardwalk! Some other hugely popular places of shopping includes the many larger malls of the L.A. region. Some of these include Hollywood & Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard, the Grove, the Beverly Center, the Americana at Brand, the Glendale Galleria, and the Westfield Pavailion. For Ventura limousine and Ventura party bus clients, the Pacific View Mall is popular, along with the Camarillo Outlets as well as the Oaks in Thousand Oaks. Whatever your location in SoCal, contact Blackhawk to hear about our recommendations for great shopping in your respective place!

Gorgeous coastline

 

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Manhattan-, Hermosa-, and Redondo Beaches are among the best in L.A. County

The area is home to many miles of sandy Pacific beaches, with many places worth checking out. We often recommend Santa Barbara limo clients to first make a visit to East Beach by Stearns Wharf, the main city beach on the American Riviera. For LA customers, we would recommend Santa Monica, and also nearby Venice. For dining on the beach itself, check out Duke’s or Shutter’s on the Beach for some great on-the-beach dining. What about a dinner at sea? Many people take their dates on sunset cruise dinners at the ocean, offered by the S.B. Sailing Center and often serviced by our limos in Santa Barbara. Another tip for an amazing dinner could be flying from the Camarillo Airport to Santa Cruz Island for a dinner and night in Avalon. For the most scenic beaches of Southern California, head down to Orange County to visit Manhattan-, Laguna-, or Newport Beaches. It is also in Orange County we find 1,000 Steps Beach, often rated one of the most picturesque beaches in California. Often serviced on our L.A.- and Malibu wine tours are trips to the various tasting-rooms overlooking the Pacific, including the Deep Sea Tasting Room as well as Rosenthal. For those that truly love the ocean, venture out to the Channel Islands National Park! Here you can camp for the night, hike in beautiful surroundings, and maybe even see an endemic Channel Islands Fox! Many species are native to the islands and found nowhere else on Earth. Explore the Channel Islands to experience how SoCal really was, – and how the Chumash Indian people lived for thousands of years before the Europeans “discovered” the Americas!

Hot air balloon rides

limousines-in-Santa-Barbara-limosWhat could possibly beat a hot air balloon ride over the American Riviera? Not much! Contact Sky’s The Limit for your balloon ride over the vineyards! There are hot air balloon companies throughout Southern California for an option closer to you. Check for example out Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Newbury Park, Limoneira in Santa Paula, or Temecula Valley’s A Great Escape Balloon Adventure. For an alternative romantic getaway in the skies, research the many cool helicopter- and small plane excursions! For helicopter sightseeing over Solvang, check out Helinet Aviation Services. For day trips to Santa Rosa Island, contact the Channel Islands Aviation for your flight out of the Camarillo Airport. Blue Edge Parasailing on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is another great alternative. Many clients also fly out to Santa Catalina Island’s Airport-in-the-Sky for a nice evening and dinner in Avalon on the “Island of Romance.” For awesome private sailplane rides over the wine country of Santa Ynez, check out Windhaven Glider Rides. Four other companies offering tours include Heli-Tours, Channel Islands Adventure, Santa Barbara Aviation, SEA Santa Barbara, as well as Seventh Heaven. Seeing the vineyards from above will give new insight to Santa Ynez- and Malibu wine tours, and a great compliment to some great-tasting wines.

World-class entertainment

limousine-Santa-Barbara-limo-service-top-ratedBored? Remember that L.A. is the world’s entertainment’s capital. If you just look, you are guaranteed to find an activity that fits your interest. Check out the local itineraries and discover concerts and performances by some of your favorite artists and celebrities! And what’s cooler and more authentic Hollywood than to show up in style with the help of a limousine service? Whether you’re heading to L.A. LIVE, the S.B. Bowl, Hollywood Bowl or any other entertainment venue in SoCal, we will be able to accommodate your needs for transportation. Many order limousines to go to the various TV-productions in town, e.g. participating in the audience for shows such as Dr. Phil or the Ellen Show. Check out Studio City, Burbank and the Hollywood area for cool places with many studios. While you’ll be able to see the actual sets for movies such as Batman, Friends and the Gilmore Girls at the Warner Bros Studios, you’ll see the sets for films such as Psycho and Jaws at the Universal Studios.

Whether you are flying in and in need of an LAX airport sedan, or you need a bus for a night on town, wedding, bachelor party, or tour of the wine country, Blackhawk will be able to accommodate your needs for luxurious transportation in SoCal. We have offered services in the region for over twenty years and have become one of the largest, top rated, and trusted names in the LA transportation industry. We hold open 24/7 hours per day, and 365 days per year. Give us a call to arrange your unforgettable day in SoCal!

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