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Santa Barbara Travel Guide

Santa Barbara Travel Guide

Santa Barbara is one of the places that seem to have it all. It's attractive, has a lot of history, a good climate, beautiful beaches and some of the best vineyards of America are only miles away. Santa Barbara has a number of visits that are historically and culturally significant. Downtown Santa Barbara is also an interest place to visit. There's no place quite like downtown Santa Barbara, and State Street that is its heart. Don't miss La Arcada, just next to the Museum of Art, also is representative for its Spanish Mediterranean architecture. But it wasn't always this way. Santa Barbara had a thriving Native American Chumash population for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The European era began in the late 18th century, around a Spanish presidio (fort) that's been reconstructed in its original spot. The earliest architectural hodgepodge was destroyed in 1925 by a powerful earthquake that levelled the business district.

Another very excellent area in town is the waterfront. The port of Santa Barbara was developed because the Channel Islands have provided a haven from severe weather. The waterfront area grew up around that port and is actually a working port with a unique productive fishing fleet. It also hosts five parks, a wharf, several restaurants, quaint shops and a walking/biking path that stretches almost five miles. There are opportunities to take a sunset sail with one of the two sailing charter companies too, or rent a small sailboat for a few hours to a few days if you are a qualified sailor.

Santa Barbara is located geographically less than 90 miles from Los Angeles. With a pleasant climate and natural environs, the "Riviera of the West" is the best for a day trip, with its wide, perfect beaches, enormously rated wineries, and a large variety of shopping and dining choices, with a highly active local culture of volunteerism and fund-raising that enables the town of just 90,000 residents to enjoy the sort of cultural and social amenities that are generally found only in much larger cities.

Santa Barbara Travel Guide

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