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Santa Barbara

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Piers & Boardwalks · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
The American Riviera
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options. Located just over 150 km (100 mi) from Los Angeles, the city is one of the country's most affluent urban centers, its economy resting on the service sector, education, health care, finance, technology, and tourism. Santa Barbara is home to five major colleges, housing a young student population that serves as a counterbalance to the area's older retirement communities. Just beyond the city lies a vast national forest, its protected wilderness areas sheltering several threatened and endangered species. Plan your trip to Santa Barbara and other United States destinations using our handy United States driving holiday planning website.
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Popular things to do in Santa Barbara

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Historic Site
Old Mission Santa Barbara
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Pier / Boardwalk
Stearns Wharf
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Santa Barbara

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Theme Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain Santa Clarita
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Specialty Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Simi Valley
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat Ventura
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
246 Wine & Brew Tours Lompoc
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Santa Barbara

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Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fishing Charter / Tour
Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Children’s Museum
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Santa Barbara

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Art Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Chaucer's Bookstore
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Shoreline Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Cold Spring Tavern
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Santa Barbara

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History Museum
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Reagan Ranch Center
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Carriage & Western Art Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in Santa Barbara

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Winery / Vineyard
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Winery / Vineyard
Kunin Wines Tasting Room
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nightlife
The Red Piano
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Cal Coast Adventures
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Taxi / Shuttle
Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bike Tour
Santa Barbara Bikes To-Go
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Places to visit with Santa Barbara

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