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Santa Barbara

Want to take a break from the daily grind? Santa Barbara offers a great range of visitor attractions.

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Visitors to this part of Central Coast California will be rubbing shoulders with about 88,000 local residents.

You can find this destination 300 miles from Sacramento, the state capital of California. It is also roughly 25 miles from Oak View.

Escape the ordinary and throw yourself into a realm of wonder at Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary and OstrichLand USA. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, head onwards to Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond and Apple Lane Solvang.

You and your kids will have a blast seeing the big and the small creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about special events and where to find the zoo's favorite specimens.

You won't find too many things that can match the pleasure of a delicious wine. Experience some of the best of this region at Bridlewood Winery and Gainey Vineyard. Once you've caught the wine bug, also consider Fiddlehead Cellars or Gainey Vineyard.

Looking for a bit of late-night excitement? Take on the blackjack dealer at Chumash Casino, a bustling venue where the action never stops.

Admire the variety of plant species on display when you visit Lotusland and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Seaside Gardens and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are two more fabulous places to take a stroll around.

On a fine day, pack some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the area's pleasant urban parks, such as River Park and Elings Park. Alameda Park and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park are two more excellent places to while away the day and catch up on some reading.

A visit to Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center is a good way of getting some local information.

There's nothing like a stop at Rose Valley Falls Trail to remind you of the powerful beauty of nature. You might also enjoy taking up a comfy vantage point at Fern Falls and Seven Falls.

Expanses of fresh water almost always draw in a wide array of creatures. Pull out your binoculars at Lake Cachuma and El Capitan Lake and see what's around. Didn't see a thing? Make your way over to Santa Barbara Deep Sea and Santa Barbara Channel and try your luck again.

Make sure you set aside a day to experience the scenic stretches of coastline, such as Carpinteria State Beach and Goleta Beach. Locals will also recommend you visit Leadbetter Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach.

Lock your phone in the car and take a break from the stress of the modern world at Nojoqui Falls Park and Sunny Fields Park. Nature-loving travelers will also have a wonderful time at Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park and Coal Oil Point Reserve.

Grab a friend and explore some of the popular exhibition spaces nearby. Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. Another two worth considering are Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

The exhibition halls at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Ty Warner Sea Center are full to the brim with mysterious objects and specimens.

A haven for lovers of art, this area boasts an impressive range of spaces in which amateur and professional artists regularly exhibit their work. Pop in to Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum and Wildling Museum to see the best of what this creative city has to offer. If these leave you feeling energized, finish up your day at Carriage and Western Art Museum and galerie102.

Keen historians can rediscover the past at Lompoc Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art and Reagan Ranch Center are also worthwhile choices.

To learn about the area's rich and colorful past, be sure to visit at least one of its many historic structures and monuments. Start the local history tour at Mission Santa Barbara or Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You might also like to get the camera out for some photos at Presidio Santa Barbara and University of California-Santa Barbara.

As we travel the world, we are constantly encountering different traditions and religions. If you're interested in learning about the spiritual side of Santa Barbara, take a stroll around Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Old Mission Santa Ines and Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

Before you pack up your bags and head back home, ensure you check out some of Santa Barbara's other attractions. Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cold Spring Tavern are some possible options. Also, consider a visit to Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park if you have time.

When a destination is as bustling as Santa Barbara, it's not surprising that there's a massive range of hotel and apartment options to choose from. You can find 56 Santa Barbara hotels or other lodgings on Expedia's convenient booking pages.

San Ysidro Ranch at 900 San Ysidro Lane, and the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, at 1260 Channel Dr are some of the more exclusive hotels in Santa Barbara. Alternatively, the Ala Mar by the Sea, at 102 West Cabrillo Blvd, and The Presidio, at 1620 State Street, are two cheaper options that are sure to please.

Mission Santa Barbara is an important attraction to visitors to Santa Barbara, and staying within easy walking distance can be a great way to really make the most of it. The Simpson House Inn can be found just 0.7 miles away. Another close option is the Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites.


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$124
Hotel Corque

Hotel Corque

400 Alisal Rd., Solvang
4.6
of 5, from 462 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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.

$118
Hadsten House

Hadsten House

1450 Mission Dr, Solvang
4.4
of 5, from 806 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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.

Inn of Lompoc

Inn of Lompoc

1122 North H Street, Lompoc
2.7
of 5, from 29 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Lompoc, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Artesia School Museum, Lompoc Museum, and Fabing-McKay Spanne House. Lompoc Civic Auditorium and Ryon Memorial Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$75
Sideways Inn

Sideways Inn

114 E Highway 246, Buellton
3.8
of 5, from 103 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA, and Mosby Winery. Wildling Museum and Solvang Brewing Company are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$161
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
3.7
of 5, from 1,036 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Set amid fragrant gardens and graceful palm trees, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is across from West Beach, between Stearns Wharf and the harbor, and near State Street.

$118
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn

Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn

4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria
3.9
of 5, from 881 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

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.

$120
Castillo Inn at the Beach

Castillo Inn at the Beach

22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara
4.4
of 5, from 542 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (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 mi (5 km).

$104
Wine Valley Inn

Wine Valley Inn

1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang
3.9
of 5, from 627 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Solvang, this hotel is steps from Solvang Brewing Company and Solvang Festival Theater. Wildling Museum and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 10 minutes.

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