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The population of this area of Central Coast California is roughly 88,000.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 300 miles to the north of Santa Barbara, while Oak View is 25 miles to the east.
This destination is truly unique. No trip here would be complete if you miss Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. It is also well known for Presidio Santa Barbara and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Leave the grown-up world behind and throw yourself into a realm of imagination and wonder at Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary and OstrichLand USA. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond and the Apple Lane Solvang.
You and the kids will have an awesome time investigating the furry, feathered and scaled creatures at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you're short on time, take a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo's many highlights.
There's not many things more enjoyable than a full-bodied wine. Let your tastebuds experience some of the region's winners at the Bridlewood Winery or the Gainey Vineyard. Should those wineries give you a taste for more, head for the Fiddlehead Cellars and the Melville Vineyards and Winery.
On the lookout for a bit of late-night excitement? Try your poker face out at the Chumash Casino, a fun-filled venue where the action never stops.
Bright and colorful vines and creepers, majestic trees and long, twisting footpaths await you at the Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Many travelers also enjoy walking around the Seaside Gardens and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
When the sun is shining, pack some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the picturesque green spaces, such as River Park or Elings Park. Alameda Park and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy day over a good book.
A visit to Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center is a handy way to get some more information about the area.
You might need to bring along a rain jacket if you don't want to get soaked at Rose Valley Falls Trail. More tumbling water and untamed vistas await at Fern Falls and Seven Falls.
Fresh water lakes almost always attract an interesting array of critters. Pull out your binoculars at Lake Cachuma or El Capitan Lake and see what's around. If that doesn't work out, perhaps your luck will change at the Santa Barbara Deep Sea or Santa Barbara Channel.
Would you like to spend some time outdoors beside a scenic coastline? Load up some supplies and make your way to Carpinteria State Beach or Goleta Beach for a relaxing day by the water. Locals will also direct you to Leadbetter Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach.
Switch off your phone and have a break from the stresses of the modern world at Nojoqui Falls Park and Sunny Fields Park. Nature lovers will also have an excellent time at Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park and Coal Oil Point Reserve.
The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of fascinating tales and achievements. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. Equally rewarding are the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
The exhibition halls of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Ty Warner Sea Center are brimming with fascinating objects and specimens.
Want to check out some art? You'll discover galleries of all sorts here. Swing by the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum and the Wildling Museum for some great examples of what this creative hotspot has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Carriage and Western Art Museum and the galerie102 are also well worth your time.
Go back to a time long since forgotten and unveil mysteries of yesteryear at the Lompoc Museum and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. The Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art and the Reagan Ranch Center are also respected choices.
To discover more about the area's rich and colorful past, be sure to visit its remaining historical sites. Begin your local history tour at the Santa Barbara City College or Cold Spring Tavern. More stories from a bygone era are waiting for you at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe and Rancho La Patera and Stow House.
The historic fortified positions at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park are highly recommended if you take an interest in Santa Barbara's military history.
When we travel the world, we constantly experience different customs and religions. If you're interested in learning about the spiritual dimension of Santa Barbara, pay a visit to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Old Mission Santa Ines and Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.
After seeing all the major attractions in Santa Barbara, consider visiting a couple of its less well-known sights. The Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum are a couple of possible options. Also, contemplate checking out the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens if your schedule allows.
If you aren't sure where to stay in Santa Barbara, browse our Santa Barbara hotel options. There are 55 different accommodations to choose from in this beloved destination.
Sought-after Santa Barbara hotels include the San Ysidro Ranch, which can be found at 900 San Ysidro Lane, and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, located at 1260 Channel Dr. Alternatively, the Ala Mar by the Sea, at 102 West Cabrillo Blvd, and The Presidio, at 1620 State Street, are two more budget-friendly choices that are sure to please.
If you're in town for just one night and only have limited time for a quick tour of Santa Barbara's must-see attractions, you might find it more convenient to stay at the Kimpton Canary Hotel or the Simpson House Inn, which are both within walking distance from Presidio Santa Barbara.
It's no secret that you don't go on a vacation to sit in a cramped plane seat and sleep in a different bed. Traveling is all about the awesome adventures you have while you're away!
Start your getaway in Santa Barbara by trying a few of these things to do:
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Situated in Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mi (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 mi (5 km).
This boutique hotel is in the Danish village of Solvang within the Santa Ynez Valley wine country featuring over 30 wineries. The beach is 15 miles away and downtown Santa Barbara is 34 miles away.
Situated in Santa Ynez, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Gainey Vineyard, and Kalyra Winery. Old Mission Santa Ines and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is just across the road from East Beach, and a 5-minute walk from Santa Barbara Zoo. The MTD Waterfront Shuttle can whisk guests to the bars, restaurants, and galleries of State Street. Stearns Wharf pier is a 25-minute beachside stroll from the hotel.
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.
Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Barbara Harbor, Presidio Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santa Barbara Station is 10 minutes by foot.
Situated in Solvang, this hotel is steps from Solvang Brewing Company and Solvang Festival Theater. Wildling Museum and Hans Christian Andersen Park are also within 5 minutes.
Convenient to US-101, this Spanish-style hotel is half a mile from Carpinteria's famed beach and close to the Santa Ynez Mountains; Santa Barbara lies within 8 miles.