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Santa Barbara
With gorgeous beaches, breathtaking cliff views, delicious restaurants, world-class hotels and a vibrant arts community, how could Santa Barbara not be on this list? Blink, and you could imagine you're on the Riviera. Perfect for a weekend escape from Los Angeles or a holiday that gives you the best of California in one spot.

All things to do » Things to do

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
Attraction type: Government Buildings; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Observatories/ Planetariums
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Lotusland
Lotusland
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around... more Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around the world. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. The fascinating life and career of Madame Ganna Walska culminated with 43 years of designing unusual display gardens with exotic plants. In her writings she described herself as “an enemy of the average” – truly a woman of unique accomplishments, philosophies and imagination. Lotusland  is home to several extraordinary collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies, bromeliads and cactus garden with more than 300 species.Lotusland’s  philosophies addresses the ecology of the garden, employing management practices that promote the health of the individual plants and the garden as a whole. Reservations are required to visit. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara Bowl
The Granada Theatre
The Granada Theatre
Owner description: Home of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, The Granada in beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara is a year-round entertainment venue featuring local and international... more Owner description: Home of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, The Granada in beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara is a year-round entertainment venue featuring local and international acts on tour, including Classical and Pop concerts, Broadway musicals, Theatre, Dance and more. Built in 1924, the historic Granada underwent a $60 million restoration before reopening in March, 2008. Available for private tours. Call for information. less
Attraction type: Theatres
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Shoreline Park
Shoreline Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

McConnell's Ice Cream
McConnell's Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #2 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Italian, Californian
Dining options: After-hours
Savoy Cafe & Deli
Savoy Cafe & Deli
Ranked #3 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 4 - 16
Cuisines: Bakery, Vegan, Café, Organic
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Cadiz
Cadiz
Ranked #4 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 8 - 25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Spanish
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, After-hours
Los Agaves
Los Agaves
Ranked #5 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, After-hours

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Castillo Inn at the Beach
Castillo Inn at the Beach
USD 111 - 295
Ranked #6 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Marina Beach Motel
Marina Beach Motel
USD 153 - 272
Ranked #9 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Blue Sands Motel
2.5 of 5
Blue Sands Motel
USD 146 - 233
Ranked #15 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Canary, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5
Canary, a Kimpton Hotel
USD 296 - 695
Ranked #4 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
3.0 of 5
Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
USD 200 - 327
Ranked #8 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
2.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
USD 167 - 302
Ranked #10 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Simpson House Inn
4.0 of 5
Simpson House Inn
USD 358 - 618
Ranked #1 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Spanish Garden Inn
4.0 of 5
Spanish Garden Inn
USD 331 - 556
Ranked #2 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Belmond El Encanto
5.0 of 5
Belmond El Encanto
USD 477 - 942
Ranked #3 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
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