Collect new memories, have incredible adventures and pursue the path less traveled — it's all possible in Santa Barbara. But first, let us provide you with the facts about your next travel destination!
To help you get your bearings, Santa Barbara sits 85 miles (137 kilometers) to the west of the well-known city of Los Angeles.
88,000 locals are waiting for you in this part of Central Coast California.
Who doesn't appreciate the finer things in life? If you want to treat yourself for a night or two, make a reservation at the San Ysidro Ranch (900 San Ysidro Lane) or the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (1260 Channel Dr). On the other hand, you don't plan a trip away to stay in your room all week. If you're after a more wallet-friendly option, think about the Ala Mar by the Sea (102 West Cabrillo Blvd) or the Agave Inn (3222 State Street).
Make some memories while you enjoy Mission Santa Barbara. This iconic attraction is within strolling distance from a number of properties, like the Simpson House Inn and the Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites. So why not base yourself nearby and learn why it's so loved?
Taste the unique flavor of this lively metropolis by checking out places like the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. If you have more time up your sleeve, the Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum are well worth visiting too.
Try to envisage the troops who once looked out from Presidio Santa Barbara. The horror of past combats are scarred on its thick walls. Seeking some more options? Spend time admiring the impressive range of shrubs, herbs, ferns and trees at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. If you feel confident, try pronouncing their botanical names! But there's more. Over the years, countless great minds and visionaries have studied within the classrooms of Santa Barbara City College. Learn about its lengthy history and achievements, and walk through the campus during a guided tour.