There is this magical place just two hours south of Santa Barbara called Los Angeles, and I like to spend a lot of time there.
I spent this weekend in L.A. looking at schools (look out for that post) but found some time to have fun in the city!
It's one thing if you've seen the movie or a play production, but at this event they play the movie while they reenact it on a stage. The best part is that it's huge on audience participation, some people have seen over 100 performances!
They invite audience members to play non-speaking parts and sometimes have games before the show (which begins at midnight). My experience was fun because I knew all the words to the songs, which I recommend memorizing before seeing. Overall, it was a really fun experience and I'd totally go again.
One of the coolest neighborhoods in L.A. is Los Feliz. When I'm older and making a lot of money, I'm definitely going to buy a mansion in Los Feliz. It's filled to the brim with hipsters, but the houses are beautiful and there are neat little restaurants downtown. Also, you can bet on seeing a celebrity every once in a while!
A really cool spot is a 24-hour diner called Fred 62. The people watching potential is amazing and the food is pretty good, too.
The last spot I visited was Grand Central Market, in the heart of downtown L.A. It's essentially a warehouse filled with local vendors. There's supposedly a place where they serve kombucha on tap (say whaaaat) and an....oyster bar?
In Santa Barbara there's the farmer's market and the Santa Barbara Public Market on Victoria street, which remind me of GCM.
I always love going out of town and going new places, but I was only gone for three days and missed Santa Barbara dearly. The best part is that when I'm itching to getaway for a while, L.A. is just around the corner, so students should really take advantage of its proximity!