The late 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara gave more than just its name to the city. You can see its lush courtyard, tiled roof and shaded arches reflected in buildings all over Santa Barbara. But the mission is a beautiful, historical destination on its own, with a solemn cemetery, chapel and an exhibition about its construction and life within its walls.
Regardless of whether you’re a beach person, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Santa Barbara. State Street is perfect for a stroll, the Funk Zone is full of wine tasting rooms, there’s a host of excellent restaurants to try (fresh seafood, anyone?), and a great range of hotels for those looking to stop for a while. Santa Barbara's picturesque hiking trails are second to none, and the historic landmarks include some of the most beautiful spots in the city (who knew a courthouse could be so appealing?).
Summer is the busiest season in Santa Barbara, but since temps are in the 60s and 70s year-round here, there's no bad time to plan your trip to the American Riviera. Although Santa Barbara is home to UC Santa Barbara and has a college town feel, it's also appealing to the older wine drinking set who enjoy a weekend of tastings. This city on the Central Coast is also close to San Luis Obispo, Monterey Bay and Ventura for those who are looking to explore nearby areas.
So what are you waiting for? Discover the very best attractions and things to do in Santa Barbara for your next getaway.