• Backroads Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Bike Tour
  • Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Bike Tours
  • Backroads Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Bike Tour
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • Ojai Valley Family Bike Tours
  • Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Bike Tour

Rolling Waves & Rolling Hills on California's Coast 

  • Ride palm-fringed bike paths along the sun-kissed coast of the American Riviera
  • Sample delicious regional favorites like Pixie tangerines and award-winning extra virgin olive oils
  • Choose from a wealth of diversions along the way—quaint towns, historic sites, a nature reserve and stunning views of the Pacific coast and Channel Islands
  • Delight in the perfect pairing—exquisite California cuisine and exhilarating California hills!
  • Live it up at two exclusive resorts, set amid breathtaking scenery and brimming with an array of luxuries

Breathe deeply. Take in the Santa Barbara sea air and the scent of citrus groves in Ojai. Who's up for horseback riding in the Ventura River Valley, surfing lessons with local pros, biking along the palm-lined Pacific or a dip in the pool? Who says luxury travel is just for grown-ups? This is paradise for the whole family!

Santa Barbara and Ojai map


Day 1 Cruise on a scenic bike path, enjoying sun, surf and pristine Santa Barbara beaches  Pass through historic Hope Ranch, a quintessentially California community with beautiful hillside estates overlooking the ocean Visit the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn more about the marine life of the Santa Barbara Channel  Kids of all ages delight in riding the historic carousel at Chase Palm Waterfront Park  Look for blue herons and egrets at Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, a popular spot to view migratory waterfowl   Which is more stunning—the magnificent Spanish Revival-style architecture of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse or its luxuriant sunken tropical garden?

Day 2 Soak up the scene in Santa Barbara's "Funk Zone," filled with galleries, surf shops, a distillery and brewery, and some of the region's best wine-tasting rooms Hey kids, ready to give surfing a try?  Head into the star-studded hills and pedal above the red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara For even more inspiring vistas, take on "Gibraltar," a challenging but picturesque route popular among local riders  Visit the "Queen of the Missions", Old Mission Santa Barbara, and its meticulously manicured grounds.

Day 3 Discover the oasis of Ojai, a flower-filled city brimming with small-town charm, set beneath chaparral hills   Groves of oranges and celebrated Pixie tangerines, nurseries and sprawling ranches line our route through Toro Canyon up into the Santa Ynez Mountains   Ride along the Ojai Valley Bike Path, which follows the Old Southern Pacific Railroad route  Take a refreshing dip in one of the two pools at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa—your muscles will thank you!

Days 4-5 Ever experienced a "pink moment"? Keep an eye on the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset  Fantastic views are yours to enjoy on the climb from Ojai into the desert-like scenery of the San Rafael Mountains  Choose to head back early and unwind at our hotel—there are many options, from yoga to golf—or browse in the wonderful bookstores, galleries and boutiques of Ojai  Pedal through the backroads of Ojai, filled with tangerine groves and historic farmhouses.

I was so impressed with how Backroads organizes its trips and provides such excellent support to its guests. All three of our guides were absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough great things about our experience. Definitely planning on going on another trip ...
Kathy B - Newport Beach CA
$2,798 - $3,398
pp dbl. occ.
(+$770 to $920 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids


5 days, 4 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Santa Barbara, California

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Premiere Inns

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

Santa Barbara (2 nights)

One of the most highly acclaimed resorts in the country, this landmark Spanish-style hotel was built in the 1920s and features lush tropical oceanfront grounds and dazzling views out over the Pacific. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai (2 nights)

Where Hollywood's glitterati come to be pampered! This stylish and historic resort offers something for everybody—including a luxurious spa and award-winning restaurant—in a beautiful park-like setting with hillside views in every direction. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

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Fabulous Backroads trip in Santa Barbara and Ojai


from Newport Beach CA

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 9* 200 18 600 28 1700
2 6* 100 17 1200 38 4900
25 2200
Kids: Surfing or Stand-up Paddleboarding at Faria Beach (2 Hours)
3 8* 600 27* 1000 36* 1700 44 2200
4 10* 200 25* 2000 34 3300
Kids: Horseback Riding (2 Hours)
5 12 700


* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Barbara and Ojai

We Prefer to Avoid Crowds

We've taken advantage of the bike paths around Santa Barbara to create a route that winds its way inland through populated areas while largely keeping you away from traffic. We also avoid crowds at our hotels, both rated among the World's Best by Travel + Leisure. The Four Seasons Biltmore Resort is a 1920s Spanish-style property on oceanfront grounds. And the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a stylish hillside resort with golf, tennis, pool and stunning views in every direction.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Santa Barbara and Ojai trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Santa Barbara and Ojai have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Navigate Your Way in Santa Barbara and Ojai

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Santa Barbara and Ojai. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Santa Barbara and Ojai—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Santa Barbara and Ojai you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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