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This is an area of Central Coast California that roughly 88,000 people call home.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 300 miles north of Santa Barbara, while Oak View is 25 miles to the east.
This destination is in a category all on its own. No visit is complete if you don't see Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You'll also be able to see Presidio Santa Barbara and the University of California-Santa Barbara here.
Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary and OstrichLand USA are magical places to spend some quality time with the children. For even more fun, continue on to Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond and the Apple Lane Solvang.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is an amazing place to bring your group for a fascinating morning among exotic critters. If you are pressed for time, grab a map so you can quickly find the zoo's many highlights.
There's nothing more enjoyable than a divine glass of wine. Taste what this region has to offer at the Bridlewood Winery and the Gainey Vineyard. Should those wineries give you a taste for more, also consider the Fiddlehead Cellars or the Gainey Vineyard.
Kick back with a drink, place a bet or simply take in the bright lights at the Chumash Casino.
Enjoy the eclectic mix of plants on display when you and your friends visit the Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Many also enjoy inspecting the displays at the Seaside Gardens and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
When the weather is fine, pack some lunch and head out to one of the scenic urban parks, such as River Park and Alameda Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lounge about in the grass at De la Guerra Plaza and Beattie Park.
If you would like background information about Santa Barbara, chat with the staff at Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center.
At once tranquil and turbulent, Rose Valley Falls Trail is well worth taking the trip to see. You might also enjoy taking up a comfy vantage point at Fern Falls and Seven Falls.
Take a hike and enjoy the serenity at Lake Cachuma and El Capitan Lake. If the weather is warm enough, you might even like to dip your toes in the shallows.
If you have trouble separating the words "vacation" and "beach" then this place is for you. There's plenty of scenic coastline here to keep even the most amphibious travelers happy. Carpinteria State Beach and Goleta Beach ought to be your first stops. Leadbetter Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach are also recommended options.
Leave your phone in the glove compartment and take a break from the stresses of the modern world at Elings Park and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Nature-loving travelers will also have a great time at Nojoqui Falls Park and Sunny Fields Park.
Lean about the Earth's fragile ecosystem and spend hours looking at the colorful sea creatures at Santa Barbara Channel.
Grab a friend and explore some of the varied cultural institutions in the area. Meander through the hallways as you check out the unique collections at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum. The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum and the South Coast Railroad Museum are also well worth a visit.
Admire obsolete watercraft models and marine artifacts as you wander through the exhibits at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Our natural world is a magnificent and strange place. If you're mad enough to think otherwise, a visit to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History should be enough to convince you. The Ty Warner Sea Center also houses a fantastic collection of specimens and curiosities.
A hub for lovers of art, this area is home to a nice range of spaces in which artists and designers can display their work. Start your explorations of this creative enclave at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. The Wildling Museum and the Carriage and Western Art Museum are also well worth your time if your schedule allows.
History comes alive at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the Lompoc Museum thanks to their variety of informative exhibits. Like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art or the Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art.
Step back through the ages with a visit to the Santa Barbara City College and the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, just two of the preserved historic sites here. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at Rancho La Patera and Stow House and Casa de la Guerra.
Take a trip back through the ages and understand the military significance of the area. Anyone with even a passing interest in history should impressed by the defensive walls and buildings at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.
The world's religions are as varied as they are old. Wherever you travel, this is reflected in each destination's customs, traditions and design. Spending an afternoon appreciating the serene surroundings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Old Mission Santa Ines or Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church is a nice way to see Santa Barbara's spiritual side.
Santa Barbara's most famous sights often overshadow its lesser-known, but equally fascinating attractions. Cold Spring Tavern and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum are a couple of good options. If you can squeeze it in, also visit the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens and the Krishnamurti Library and Visitor Center.
Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Carriage and Western Art Museum, Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Solvang, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wildling Museum and Solvang Brewing Company. Solvang Festival Theater and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Solvang, this hotel is steps away from Solvang Brewing Company and Solvang Festival Theater. Wildling Museum and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Solvang, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum and Solvang Festival Theater. Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Santa Barbara, this romantic hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from University of California-Santa Barbara. Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens and Goleta Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tomol Interpretive Play Area and Carpinteria State Beach. Tar Pits Park and Seaside Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Santa Barbara, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of La Cumbre Plaza, Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens. Mission Santa Barbara and University of California-Santa Barbara are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carriage and Western Art Museum, Moreton Bay Fig Tree and Santa Barbara City College. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Ty Warner Sea Center are also within 15 minutes.