Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Waterfront

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It should come as no surprise that a city hailed for its beautiful coastline should consider its waterfront the #1 tourist attraction in the area. With a variety of restaurants, boating and sport ...  Read more

State Street

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Whether it be shopping, dining, art viewing, people viewing, or a night out on town – if you’re in Santa Barbara, State Street has got what you’re looking for. With so many restaurants, art ...  Read more

Channel Islands

Just off the Californian coast, dotting the horizon like some distant land, the beautiful Channel Islands are a favorite escape of every southern Californian. Hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, ...  Read more

Mission Santa Barbara

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Also known as the Santa Barbara Mission or simply “The Mission,” Mission Santa Barbara has come to be more than just a Catholic outpost; it has come to represent all that is historic and cultural in ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The nature-lover in you will swoon for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Over 78 acres of botanical lushness and greenery await you in this secluded natural conservatory known for housing over 1000 ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Courthouse

After the great earthquake of 1925 ruined much of the city, an opportunity arose to give this beloved city by the sea something that would reflect the areas culture and beauty; something that would ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Cruise Port

Otherwise known as “The American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is a seaside port town on the lower end of the Central Californian coast. About 80 miles north of Los Angeles and about 5 hours drive from San ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Small but beautiful, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is well-renowned for its beautiful collection of French and English 19th and early 20th century art, as well as International Modernism and ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916 and nestled into the rock and oak of the surrounding area, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a cluster of Spanish-Revival buildings surrounding a beautiful courtyard, all ...  Read more

Santa Barbara Zoo

The most beautiful zoo in the world?  While this might sound like a bold statement, the lions with their oceanfront view wouldn’t likely quibble about it. Located on 30 acres right across from the ...  Read more

Solvang

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Just over the hill from sunny Santa Barbara lies the Santa Ynez Valley and the small Dutch town of Solvang. Founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers, Solvang (Danish for “sunny field”) is ...  Read more

Stearns Wharf

Embodying beauty, rustic charm, tourism, and a feel of the ocean, Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara’s number one tourist attraction. Built by lumberman John P. Stearns in 1872, Stearns Wharf has a long ...  Read more

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