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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: Observation Decks & Towers; Government Buildings
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings; Missions; Gardens; History Museums
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Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
Owner description: This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion... more Owner description: This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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Shoreline Park
Shoreline Park
Attraction type: Parks
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State Street
State Street
Seven straight miles of shops.
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Scenic Drives; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
Ranked #1 of 522 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 2 - USD 10
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #2 of 522 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bouchon
Bouchon
Ranked #3 of 522 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 24 - USD 36
Cuisines: French, European
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Agaves
Los Agaves
Ranked #4 of 522 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Lark
The Lark
Ranked #5 of 522 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 20 - USD 30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 of 5
Castillo Inn at the Beach
USD 113 - USD 225
Ranked #9 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Marina Beach Motel
Marina Beach Motel
USD 152 - USD 186
Ranked #12 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Montecito Inn
4.0 of 5
Montecito Inn
USD 152 - USD 397
Ranked #14 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
3.0 of 5
Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
USD 186 - USD 335
Ranked #1 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Simpson House Inn
5.0 of 5
Simpson House Inn
USD 299 - USD 526
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Harbor House Inn
3.0 of 5
Harbor House Inn
USD 173 - USD 353
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Spanish Garden Inn
4.0 of 5
Spanish Garden Inn
USD 324 - USD 550
Ranked #3 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
5.0 of 5
San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
USD 880 - USD 1,061
Ranked #5 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Kimpton Canary Hotel
4.0 of 5
Kimpton Canary Hotel
USD 320 - USD 598
Ranked #6 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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