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Sightseeing in Santa Barbara - what to see. Complete travel guide

Located in California, in the heart of Santa Barbara County, the same named city is surrounded by mountain ranges from the north, and is considered the American Riviera. Santa Barbara was built in Spanish colonial style, and attracts many tourists by its Mediterranean nature and historical monuments.
1. Santa Barbara is connected to the city of Los Angeles with a railway system. A trip will take about two hours. A tour to neighboring cities will turn to an engaging entertainment for … Open
Santa Barbara is famous for its architectural and cultural attractions. There is a museum with collections of art by local artists - Honnero, O'Keeffe and Sarjeta in the city. Tourists also enjoy visiting Museum of Natural History, which is considered the oldest museum of the city; Art Museum with its exhibitions of antiques, photographs, Asian and American art; Maritime Museum, a planetarium and Gladvin Museum. The city is famous for large number of green spaces, gardens and parks, the most famous of which is Francesca Park. Here are cultivated breeding plants. You may also pay attention to a botanical garden with many types of unique plants, Rattlesnake Canyon with numerous hiking trails, as well as a bird sanctuary named Casa del Herrero, Memorial Park, Douglas Park, Coastline Park and an amazing carpinteria, which grows collection orchids.
Santa Barbara suburbs are also internationally renowned for their fine wine. In order to taste the different types of wine, don’t forget to visit the wine towns Los Olivos and Santa Ynez. Lovers of hiking and fresh air are offered to try horseback travelling, riding through the city on bikes, surfing and hiking to the mountains located behind the city or to the Alameda Padre Serra hill. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Santa Barbara is a traditional resort city featuring plenty of upscale restaurants, stylish bars and cozy coffee houses and cafes. Foreign guests give preference to so called hamburger … Open
You'll see many beautiful old buildings in your tour of the city. The County Courthouse is an outstanding architectural monument. A beautiful building with arches and the snow-white facade was built in the early 20th century. In 1925, it was severely affected by the earthquake. In the shortest possible time, the building was restored. Nowadays, travelers can admire its appearance and look at historical interiors. The old clock decorates the front of the building.
The Moxi museum is the most unusual cultural institution in the city. It occupies an incredibly beautiful building in national style. Great art installations complement its interior. The museum has several halls, where a variety of exhibits are presented. Here, you'll see collections dedicated to contemporary art, science, and technology. The roof of the modern museum is equipped with an excellent viewing place.
The scenic city of Santa Barbara is known to many tourists due to TV series of the same name which has won hearts of millions of viewers all over the world. Some travelers opt to visit this … Open
Ancient pier called Stearns Wharf is a particular historical landmark. It was built in 1872. The wooden pier is still valid and is officially considered the oldest one on the West Coast. From recent times it is a popular tourist destination. There're popular stores, souvenir shops, and fish restaurants there.
Santa Barbara Mission A visit to the Maritime Museum of Santa Barbara should be an obligatory point of any tour program. Amazing historical exhibits, old nautical charts, fishing gear and even a collection of fishermen's chairs are kept there. Not so long ago special interactive exhibits were established in the museum. There is also a modern cinema where good thematic films are shown every day.
The main historical landmark of the resort city of Santa Barbara is a missionary church which was built at the end of the 18th century. The construction of this religious landmark was … Open
Lovers of walking through historical places can visit ancient Presidio fortress built in the 18th century. As it wasn't involved in disastrous battles, it managed to survive after more than 200 years. Nowadays, all of its territories are publicly accessible. Tourists can take a walk along the halls of the fortress, as well as look into its most hidden corners.
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Reference information
Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Santa Barbara
♥   Shopping area ' State Street' Santa Barbara, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Santa Barbara
♥   Local Park 'Riviera' , 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Santa Ynez C' , 41.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Channel Islands' , 46.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Leo Carrillo' , 81.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   County Park 'Charmlee' , 85.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Santa Barbara and around
♥   Art museum 'Santa Barbara Museum of Art' Santa Barbara, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Santa Barbara from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Club 33 in Disneyland

From the series “Forbidden Construction Objects with Label "Access Denied"”
Now anyone can become a member of the club. For this it is enough only to pay an entrance fee in the amount of 10 to 30 thousand US dollars. After paying the fee, you must wait 14 years for your turn, according to the rules of the club, the lump sum of its members can not exceed 487. Also, all applicants for membership in the club should take into account that they will need to pay an annual fee of three to six thousand dollars. So you will not succeed to visit a closed elite institutionjust like that. Even if you are puzzled by the goal to join the club tomorrow, you will not be able to step over it until 14 years later. … Read further

Crenshaw House

From the series “The Most Mysterious Buildings (Houses, Palaces, Castles) in the World”
Even before this tragic event, the mansion had attracted hundreds of curious people who wanted to visit the attic, but none of visitors could hold in a mansion even a couple of hours. Hickman Whittington organized a real museum on the roof of his house; he charged fee for the opportunity to spend a night in the attic. There were many of those wishing to spend a night in jail for former slaves, about 150 people. All of them suddenly noticed surging fear and muzz making them leave a scary place after some time. Currently, the Crenshaw House belongs to state authorities. Since 2003 it’s closed to public access. … Read further

The Neptune Pool

From the series “The Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World”
The cost of an ordinary tour in the ancient castle and its adjoining territory is about $ 20, and those who wish to walk around the castle alone and make exclusive photos on the pool background need to pay about $ 750. The construction of this amazing pool began in 1924 and lasted for 12 years, today it looks so perfect that it is impossible to guess the impressive age of the pool and all surrounding buildings. … Read further
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