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History buffs will enjoy exploring Santa Barbara, and visitors give high marks for the beaches, array of wineries, and top-notch restaurants. This walkable city also attracts tourists with its shopping and gardens. Top sights in the city include Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara.
The city's cultural venues include Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. The city is notable for its historic sites and landmarks like Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara. The beaches, sunsets, and gardens highlight the city's natural beauty, and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, Lotusland, and El Capitan Lake are worth a visit.
In Santa Barbara, you'll be able to select from 298 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for your holiday retreat. Below are top ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:
Other top sights in Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara Zoo. Outside the city, popular places to visit include Mission San Buenaventura, located 24.8 mi (40 from the city center, and Ventura Pier, which is 25.3 mi (40.8 away.
If you want to journey outside of the city, hop aboard a train from Santa Barbara Station, Goleta Station, or Carpinteria Station. Santa Barbara may not have many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore the city.