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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.

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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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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: Missions; History Museums; Religious Sites; Gardens; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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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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State Street
State Street
Seven straight miles of shops.
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Historic Walking Areas; Scenic Drives
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Santa Barbara Waterfront
Santa Barbara Waterfront
Owner description: The Santa Barbara Waterfront is a gem within the City of Santa Barbara. Visitors can stroll from beach to beach by foot or bike, park in convenient waterfront parking lots, and... more Owner description: The Santa Barbara Waterfront is a gem within the City of Santa Barbara. Visitors can stroll from beach to beach by foot or bike, park in convenient waterfront parking lots, and experience Santa Barbara Harbor & Stearns Wharf. From boating excursions to standup paddle boarding, day fishing to excellent museums, fabulous restaurants to sweets, you can find everything you need to spend the day at the our waterfront. Managed by the City's Waterfront Department, our mission is to provide the community with a quality Waterfront for recreation and commercial use, along with mooring and landside services for boating. Approximately 252 acres of tidelands and submerged lands is managed by the Department. The area encompasses the Harbor and Stearns Wharf and the beaches within the city limits. These lands belong to the State and are held in trust by the City in order to provide preventative maintenance, capital improvements, parking services, staffing, public safety, slip and visitor boat services, special events, public education and more. less
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
Ranked #1 of 495 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 2 - USD 10
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #2 of 495 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Agaves
Los Agaves
Ranked #3 of 495 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Lark
The Lark
Ranked #4 of 495 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 20 - USD 30
Cuisines: American, Spanish, Contemporary
Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bouchon
Bouchon
Ranked #5 of 495 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 24 - USD 36
Cuisines: French
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 of 5
Castillo Inn at the Beach
USD 110 - USD 207
Ranked #8 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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The Wayfarer
2.0 of 5
The Wayfarer
USD 132 - USD 411
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Marina Beach Motel
Marina Beach Motel
USD 152 - USD 236
Ranked #11 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Harbor House Inn
3.0 of 5
Harbor House Inn
USD 190 - USD 364
Ranked #5 of 52 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 212 - USD 385
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Harbor View Inn
4.0 of 5
Harbor View Inn
USD 250 - USD 406
Ranked #12 of 52 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 319 - USD 489
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Simpson House Inn
4.0 of 5
Simpson House Inn
USD 344 - USD 596
Ranked #2 of 52 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 927 - USD 1,095
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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