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There's no limit to the number of exciting things you can do when you're in a new place. So why not get your trip to Santa Barbara off to a sensational start by checking out some of our suggestions? After all – out there starts here!
Trust us, you won't regret visiting Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. These world-famous attractions will take your Santa Barbara trip to another level.
There's no such thing as getting bored in this lively city. The Santa Barbara Zoo and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will keep you on the move. The Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum are also some wonderful attractions that'll capture your imagination.
Picture the fighters who once helped protect Presidio Santa Barbara. The action of past combats are evident on its walls. Travelers in this destination are spoilt for choice. Check out the breathtaking displays of bushes, herbs, trees and vines at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. If you like to challenge yourself, try to pronounce their botanical names! Still got some time to spare? Many of history's notable entrepreneurs have frequented the lecture halls of Santa Barbara City College. You simply can't leave the area without taking a trip to this age-old learning institution.
Lounging on a beach doing not much at all is nice and all, but there's nothing like trying out some exciting new experiences on your getaway!
Kick-start your trip to Santa Barbara by checking out one or two of these activities:
If you'd rather check out a complete list of activities, go to our Santa Barbara things to do page.
Tour Santa Barbara with ease knowing that you have a place to sleep. With no less than 54 properties available, booking a comfy bed for your cheap vacation or luxury getaway won't be hard!
If the idea of a fully stocked minibar and a swanky bathtub appeals to you, grab a drink and immerse yourself in luxury at the San Ysidro Ranch (900 San Ysidro Lane) or the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (1260 Channel Dr). If your vacation stash isn't as big as you thought it would be, the Ala Mar by the Sea (102 West Cabrillo Blvd) and the Agave Inn (3222 State Street) are a couple of more economical options.
Getting ready for your trip to Santa Barbara? Wondering where you'll be flying into? Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is your most convenient option. Once you've hit the ground and made your way out of the arrival gate, you'll be 8 miles (13 km) from the happening main streets.
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Situated in Solvang, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum and Solvang Festival Theater. Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Santa Ynez, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Gainey Vineyard, and Kalyra Winery. Old Mission Santa Ines and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA, and Mosby Winery. Hans Christian Andersen Park and Wildling Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This mission-style resort is on Cabrillo Boulevard across from Chase Palm Park and the beach. State Street, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Santa Barbara Harbor are within a mile.
Located in Goleta, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sandpiper Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Goleta Butterfly Grove and Glen Annie Golf Club. University of California-Santa Barbara and Goleta Point are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Set amid fragrant gardens and graceful palm trees, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is across from West Beach, between Stearns Wharf and the harbor, and near State Street.
This boutique hotel is in the Danish village of Solvang within the Santa Ynez Valley wine country featuring over 30 wineries. The beach is 15 miles away and downtown Santa Barbara is 34 miles away.
Located in the heart of Lompoc, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Artesia School Museum, Lompoc Museum, and Fabing-McKay Spanne House. Lompoc Civic Auditorium and Ryon Memorial Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).