(should I tell him? why not)
Currently the route I have planned takes of from Bob Hope, north of L.A. towards the east. Right hand turn towards downtown L.A. and fly-by of the Hollywood sign. If you fly that departure select the Santa Monica VOR as a waypoint, then the depature off of runway 08 should take you right over the Hollywood sign, looks very scenic! After that short sight seeing tour I was going to intercept the VOR out of Santa Monica maybe.... then turn back on fms course and intercept FMS path. By then we're already at #TOD and I'd take it down with FLC, to 2000ft. Then fly the left hand downwind without the FMS, just in HDG select, prepare the ILS Runway 7 into Santa Barbara, intercept it with the autopilot on and then fly the rest manually. Vacate to the right after crossing the other runway, taxi down to the GA parking area, something like that.
On both airports at takeoff and landing you have quite a nice view, runways are not super long but long enough, taxi is kept as short as possible, with the short cut at the end it shouldn't take too long. It looks short on the map but with the outboard to the east away from the destination and the approach in the west of the destination it is actually a bit longer than it looks. But you have the destination in sight for long time, should be motivating And it's along the coast if you don't manage to fly the FMS at least you'll have that to go by.
You should try the route, might be a bit until I finish the tutorial. Have other things on the todo list right now but I'll get to it ASAP.
here's a quick mud-map (direct route)