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This area of Central Coast California has a population of roughly 88,000 people.
Visitors will find this destination approximately 300 miles from Sacramento, the state capital of California. It's also around 25 miles from Oak View.
Dynamic and international, Santa Barbara is renowned for Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You'll also be able to visit Presidio Santa Barbara and the University of California-Santa Barbara while you're at it!
Treat the kids and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary and OstrichLand USA. Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond and the Apple Lane Solvang are also worth a visit if you're looking for more family fun.
If you love animals, put the Santa Barbara Zoo on your to-do list. If your time is limited, take a map so you can quickly find the park favorites.
If you like trying local brews when you come to a new place, be sure to visit the Solvang Brewing Company. Find out if there are any tours and learn what it is that makes the beer here so delectable, and then taste the end product.
This region's vineyards certainly know how to impress the senses. Meet the dedicated vintners, sample the latest vintage and relax into a great day out at the Bridlewood Winery and the Gainey Vineyard. Ready for the next one? The Fiddlehead Cellars and the Melville Vineyards and Winery are favorites around here.
On the hunt for some late-night thrills? Get your poker face on at the Chumash Casino, a fast-paced venue where the action never stops.
Unique and unusual plants, interesting trees and long, twisting pathways await you at the Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Many also enjoy taking a stroll around the Seaside Gardens and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
When the weather is fine, pack a picnic and find a quiet corner at one of the scenic urban parks, such as River Park and Alameda Park. De la Guerra Plaza and Beattie Park are two more nice places to while away the afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.
If you are looking for a bit of information about the area, chat with the staff at Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Centre.
Listen to the roar of streaming water and take in the striking scenery at Fern Falls and Seven Falls.
Take a walk and enjoy the glassy water at Lake Cachuma and El Capitan Lake. If the weather is nice, you might even dip your toes in the shallows.
If you'd like to have a break from your daily routine, take a day trip out to Carpinteria State Beach or Goleta Beach. Stroll along the coastline, watch the seabirds soar overhead or just lounge back and relax by the water's edge. Leadbetter Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach are also popular.
Need some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head on over to Elings Park and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Nature-loving travellers will also have a wonderful time at Sunny Fields Park and Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park.
Santa Barbara Channel, a marine sanctuary, houses a good selection of underwater critters
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with educational facts and stories. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. Another two worth considering are the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum and the South Coast Railroad Museum.
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will send you travelling through this region's nautical history. A haven of hearty tales and maritime artifacts, the entire crew is bound to enjoy this one.
The natural world contains more riches than just one person could hope to see in a lifetime. Fortunately, places such as the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History do the hard work for us by putting them all in the same place. The Ty Warner Sea Centre also houses a terrific collection.
Deepen your appreciation of the artistic drive, and maybe even get something to take back home with you at one of the many gallery and exhibition spaces. Pay a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum to see the best of what this creative city has to offer. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, wind up the day at the Wildling Museum and the Carriage and Western Art Museum.
Take yourself back to a time long since forgotten and uncover the secrets of yesteryear at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the Lompoc Museum. Do you 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.
Wander back through this region's past 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.
Want to get a glimpse of the area's military history? The beating drums of war still echo through the walls of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.
The religions of the world are rich and varied. Wherever you travel, this is reflected in a county's customs, culture and design. Spending a day taking in the peaceful 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 great way to get a glimpse of Santa Barbara's spiritual side.
Santa Barbara's most famous sights can overshadow its less known, but equally rewarding attractions. Two interesting options to start off with are the Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cold Spring Tavern. Also, consider a trip to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park if your schedule allows.
You won't have any problems finding the best hotel in Santa Barbara. Expedia's guide contains 54 different options in this highly popular destination.
At the premium end of the spectrum, you're sure to find a comfortable bed at the San Ysidro Ranch, at 900 San Ysidro Lane, or the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, at 1260 Channel Dr. More economical places that you can consider include the Franciscan Inn, at 109 Bath Street, and the Ala Mar by the Sea, at 102 West Cabrillo Blvd.
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 Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA and Mosby Winery. Hans Christian Andersen Park and Wildling Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Goleta, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Sandpiper Golf Club and Goleta Butterfly Grove. Glen Annie Golf Club and University of California-Santa Barbara are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Santa Barbara, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Upper State Street, La Cumbre Plaza and Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens and Goleta Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this East Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cabrillo Pavillion and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Santa Barbara, this romantic hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from University of California-Santa Barbara. Goleta Beach and Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Barbara Harbor and Presidio Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Santa Barbara Harbor.