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Santa Barbara

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[[Image:2626935377 d18c54fbbd b.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara]]
'''Santa Barbara''' [] is located geographically less than 100 miles from hyper-metropolitan [[Los Angeles]] but differs vastly from its huge neighbor to the south. With a temperate mild climate and lush natural environs, the "Riviera of the West" is perfect for a day tripfrom LA, with its wide beaches, highly rated wineries, and a large variety of shopping and dining choices, that enables the town of just 90,000 residents to enjoy the sort of cultural and social amenities which are usually found only in much larger cities.
Although the common perception of Santa Barbara is as a playground for the rich and famous, the reality is that the average income is only slightly higher than California as a whole. Notable for its California Mission-style architecture (a long-standing local ordinance ensures that all commercial construction follow the Mission theme, which results in a plethora of red-tiled roofs and ''faux'' adobe supermarkets), local residents are intensely proud of their city's roots and traditions, and a number of hugely popular festivals throughout the year celebrate the many cultures found within in the city limits. ==Understand==Downtown's main street is State St which runs roughly north–south. Upper State St (north of Ortega St) has most of the museums. <see name="Santa Barbara Visitors Center" alt="" address="1 Garden Street, downtown" directions="" phone="805-965-3021" url="" hours="9AM (10AM on Su) - 5PM (4PM Nov-Jan)" price="" lat="" long="">Has information about Santa Barbara, including maps, pricing and hours of attractions, restaurant guides, bus and waterfront shuttle schedules.</see> ===Weather===The climate of Santa Barbara is classified as dry-summer subtropical. Summers and falls are the driest, warmest times of the year, which have the most sunshine. The daytime temperatures during this time of year are typically from 75-85F, with nighttime temperatures from 55-64F and water temperatures in the mid-60sF. Winter and spring are the rainier, mild times of the year, with daytime temperatures fro 60-65F and nighttime lows around 41F. The water during this time of year is usually around 55F.
==Get in==
Santa Barbara is served by a relatively small but popular airport, an Amtrak train station, and Greyhound buses.
===By plane===
'''Santa Barbara Municipal Airport''' [] ({{IATA|SBA}}), located in Santa Barbara, near the neighboring town of [[Goleta]], provides access to LAX through a shuttle service that flies between the two airports several times per day. There is also service to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and other destinations. Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District's Route 11 bus links the airport with downtown Santa Barbara.
===By train===
===By bus===
The '''Greyhound''' [] station is also located in downtown, on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala, near the local bus transit center. The Santa Barbara AirBus [] operates several times per day from Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria to LAX.
===By car===
If arriving by car, be aware that there There is only one major highway in or and out of Santa Barbara, US 101; downtown Santa Barbara can be accessed via the Garden St. exit, while the beaches can be found off the Cabrillo Blvd. off ramp. Traffic patterns here are almost the complete opposite from the famous Los Angeles grid lock , as the 101 can come to a grinding halt on Sunday afternoons.
==Get around==
The Santa Barbara's core is cozy enough that simply walking from one destination to another is quite possibleMetropolitan Transit District (SBMTD) [http://www. Especially on the] runs buses all over Santa Barbara proper, State Street is full of people walking up and down the streetneighboring Goleta and Montecito. Routes and fares are on their website.
There is also a healthy public transit system in place here. The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (SBMTD) [] runs buses all over Santa Barbara proper, as well as neighboring Goleta and Montecito. Routes and fares are on their website. The SBMTD also runs a special shuttle service bus services along State St between downtown Sola St and the waterfront, and along the waterfront, leaving every fifteen 15 or 30 minutes during between 9AM and 6PM (till 10PM F-Sa in summer). Fare is 25 cents; get a free shuttle transfer to switch between the daytwo shuttles.
Along the waterfront, many businesses offer bicycle or inline skate rentals for exploring the beach areas, and "rickshaw" taxis Taxis are also a common sightextremely expensive.
Along the waterfront, many businesses offer bicycle or inline skate rentals for exploring the beach areas, and "rickshaw" taxis are also common. Budget and Hertz car rental outlets are present at the airport terminal for easy car rentals, but and several other rental agencies are located in Santa Barbara; call around for best rates.
For a city the size of Santa Barbara, the number of "must-sees" isquite astonishing.&nbsp; This is only a partial list: *'''Karpeles MuseumSanta Barbara County Courthouse''', 21 West Anapamu 1100 Anacapa St., (805) 962-5322, open 7 days a week, 10 AM to 4 PM, []. The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documentsM-F 8AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. Guided tours, M-Sa 2pm and M, Tu, F 10:30am. Among those items on permanent display Built in 1929 and the museum is an original Stone copy of grandest building in the Declaration of Independencetown. A working courthouse, this Spanish-Moorish castle has frescoes, a replica murals and Tunisian tilework. The El Mirador Bell Tower provides great views of the globe used by Columbus (sans city and the Western Hemisphere), handwritten scores by bay. The grounds contain a dozen leading composers, collection of palms and specimen trees from more than 25 countries and the computer guidance system used on the first Apollo lander flight a printed guide to the moonplants is available. Free
[[Image:2629120737 ff8146a60b b.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Mission Santa Barbara]]
 *'''Santa Barbara Mission''', 2201 Laguna St. , (from downtown State St., turn east onto Mission St. and follow signs pointing toward the Mission),) (805) 682-4149, []. Self-guided tours available daily from 9AM to 5PM-4:30PM. Known as "The Queen of the Missions," Santa Barbara's "Old Mission" is a superb example of California's Franciscan Spanish architecture. The tenth California Mission to be constructed, Mission Santa Barbara today is both a scenic wonder and a fine anthropological study of original native culture in the surrounding area. Well worth a visit, be sure to take note of the adjacent pottery kiln and tanning vat ruins. Adults $4 for adults5.*'''Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History''', 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road (follow signs from SB nearby Santa Barbara Mission), (805) 682-4711, []. Open Daily 10AM to -5PM daily. (805) 682-4711. This large, well-presented natural history museum is - literally - a hidden treasure. Highlights include in the eleven exhibit halls focusing on include regional natural history, and a life-size Blue Whale skeleton, as well as and a rare skeleton of a pony-sized "pygmy mammoth." $6 10 for adults. Admission is ; free on the last Sunday of every month except September.*'''Santa Barbara Museum of Art''', 1130 State Street, (805) 963-4364, []. Tu-Su 11AM-5PM. A remarkably well-provisioned museum considering the size of the town, Santa Barbara's main art museum features a strong collection of Roman antiquities, as well as an impressive lineup of classical European and modern art. Frequently rotated exhibitions are among the strongest in California. Adults: $9; suggested donation on Sunday.*'''Santa Barbara Historical Museum''', 136 East De la Guerra St, []. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Free.*'''Presidio of Santa Barbara''', 123 East Canon Perdido St (a block off State St, corner of East Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Sts), []. Every day except major holidays, 10:30AM-4:30PM. A military fortress founded in 1782, only parts of which remain. Some parts are gradually being rebuilt. Adults $5, seniors (62+) $4, children 16 & under free.*'''Stearns Wharf''', located at the end of State Street along the Waterfront, []. This picturesque 1872 wharf - the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco - has tons lots of history. Badly damaged several times by fire, Stearn's Wharf it has been repeatedly rebuilt and restored and today features more than a dozen shops and restaurants, and one of the best views in California from the end of its pier. The Wharf You may see brown pelicans at the end of the wharf. It was also once owned by Hollywood legend James Cagney. Free.*'''Santa Barbara Karpeles Museum of Art''', 1130 21 West Anapamu St. (half a block from State Street. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11AM to 5PM. St), (805) 963962-43645322, []. A remarkably wellW-Su, noon-provisioned museum considering 4PM. The Karpeles Library is the size world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Among the town it resides items on permanent display inthe museum is an original Stone copy of the Declaration of Independence, Santa Barbara's main art museum features a strong collection replica of Roman antiquitiesthe globe used by Columbus (sans the Western Hemisphere), handwritten scores by a dozen leading composers, as well as an impressive lineup of classical European and modern art. Frequently rotated exhibitions are among the strongest in California. Adults: $7computer guidance system used on the first Apollo lander flight to the moon. Free admission on Sunday.*'''Santa Barbara Zoo''', 500 Ninos Dr. Open 10AM to 5PM all year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some private events. (805) 963-5695, []. Every day, 10AM-5PM, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some private events. Small but well-represented with over 600 animals, the zoo has provided entertainment for all ages since 1963 and is the largest zoo between Los Angeles and San Francisco (unless you count the [[Monterey (California)|Monterey]] Aquarium). Adults 13-59: $1014. Children 2-13 and Seniors 60+: $810. Children under 2: Free.*'''University of California, Santa Barbara''', open all year. Situated on a point somewhat west of Santa Barbara proper (but still part of the city), UCSB is commonly listed as one of the top public universities in the United States. Known for its high science programs and top scholars, it also houses a great Marine Biology department, Dance/Theater/Music programs, and much more. The campus itself is regarded as one of the more beautiful campuses among the UC system (perhaps due to its location). Head to the top floor of the campus library for one of the best views of the whole campus. Much of the campus, especially the areas near the beach, is undeveloped open space, and includes a man-made lagoon. Head to the UCen or the nearby college town of Isla Vista for food. From downtown, take Highway 101 north to Highway 217, and go past the airport exit. Admission is free to the campus, but parking costs, and parking restrictions are heavily enforced.*<see name="Santa Barbara Botanic Garden" alt="" address="1212 Mission Canyon Road" directions="Follow signs from Old Mission" phone="805 682-4726" url="" hours="9AM-5PM Nov-Feb, 9AM-6PM Mar-Oct" price="$8 adults, $6 seniors/teens/military with id, $4 children 2-12, under 2 free" lat="" long="">Located on 65 acres in the foothills just above the city, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden features exquisite exhibits of California native plants displayed in beautiful landscaped settings. Walk along a meadow, through a canyon and redwood forest, across a historic dam, and along ridge tops that offer sweeping views of the Channel Islands. Established in 1926 as an educational and scientific institution, the Botanic Garden it is the oldest botanic garden in California dedicated to the study, conservation, and display of native flora. </see>*'''Santa Barbara Courthouse'''[] Visiting the Courthouse is a must for any Santa Barbara visitors. The tower will provide great views of the city and the ocean. Visitors may see this working courthouse any time during the business day (8AM to 5PM M-F) or during the weekends (10AM to 4:30PM).*<see name="Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum" alt="" address="653 Paseo Nuevo" directions="" phone="805-966-5373" url="" hours="TuesTu-Sat Sa 11AM-5PM, Sun 12PMSu noon-5PM" price="FREEFree" lat="" long="">CAF is a non-profit, non-collecting institution dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing "the artists of tomorrow," and was founded in 1976 by artists and art supporters seeking a venue dedicated solely to contemporary art. What once began as a grassroots, artist-run organization with nominal funding now serves as the leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California. CAF offers its innovative education and exhibition programming to the region primarily free of charge. There is no admission fee because CAF believes that the arts should be accessible to all audiences of all persuasions. It truly is foundations Foundations and individuals from the community that keep CAF active, inspired and alive with opportunities for artists, children, and adults to experience all the visual and performing arts have to offer.</see>*<see name="Reagan Ranch Center Exhibit Gallery" alt="" address="217 State Street, downtown" directions="next to Amtrak Station" phone="805-957-1980" url="" hours="Monday - Thursday from 11 am - 4 pm" price="Free" lat="" long="">Features original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency. Over six hours of dynamic multimedia exhibits provide access to exclusive speeches, interviews, radio addresses, and original video presentations. The centerpiece is a 28-foot-long interactive “timeline” that gives users the ability to explore the “Western White House” during the 1980s. </see>
*'''Beaches''', along the waterfront. Santa Barbara's most popular beach, East Beach, is a pristine stretch of blindingly white sand framed by postcard quality palm trees, surrounding hills and nearby harbor. For less crowded beachcombing, try nearby Leadbetter Beach, or further up the road, isolated Arroyo Burro (known to locals as Hendry's Beach,) where dog lovers bring their pets to frolic in a no-leashes-needed surfside dog park. Hendry's Beach is also home to a nudist beach, where one can often see a frolicking nude man pass by. Even more isolated is Butterfly Beach, tucked away in a cove beneath the high-toned Biltmore Hotel in Montecito.
*'''Golf''', Santa Barbara has numerous private and public golf courses located in and around the city. Hidden Oaks, Twin Lakes, and Ocean Meadows are nine-hole courses that provide budget prices for a round of golf. For those wishing to play 18 holes without spending a lot, the Santa Barbara Golf Club, located at 3500 McCaw, provides reasonably priced rounds. For those wishing to spend more, Sandpiper Golf Course, located north of Goleta on Hollister, or Rancho San Marcos, located about 15 miles up the 154, provide a world class golf experience.
*'''Hiking''', from the Mesa to the Santa Ynez Mountains, the unique geography of Santa Barbara provides amazing opportunities to see panoramic views and abundant wildlife. Hiking guides and maps are easily obtained at any local bookstore, well-equipped newsstand, or selected stores in tourist-heavy locations such as downtown. Examples include the Douglas Family Preserve, a great off-leash open space that often serves as the backdrop for numerous weddings, and East Camino Cielo Road off of Highway 154, which has several spots one can park and find a little trail to hike on, or even just sit and enjoy the view.
*'''Eagle Paragliding''', (805) 968-0980, []. Santa Barbara offers year-round flying, and some of the best flying in the United States. You can fly solo on your first day at Elings Park. Tandem Flights are also available from the Mountains, the Beach, or the Elings Park Training Hill.
*'''Surfing'''. There are numerous beaches in the area fit for surfing and several companies that rent surfboards. Although the surf tends to be much smaller in the summer, it is perfect for beginners. There are also several nice long board breaks that are suitable year round.
*<do name="Santa Barbara Pub Crawls" alt="" address="" directions="new meeting spot each week" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$30" lat="" long="">Weekly pub crawls along Santa Barbara's State Street, stopping at the best bars and clubs downtown has to offer. $30 for 6 bars, 8 drinks, and no lines or covers ALL night. Check the website for weekly meeting spot!</do>*'''Wine Tasting'''. Santa Barbara has a number of wineries all within blocks of downtown. Most wineries have tasting rooms and are open to the public. Some, such as Sanguis, are available 'by appointment only' and offer a private tour and tasting. [] The Santa Barbara back country also has a great collection of wineries, most of which are part of the Vintner's Association []. Just pop up to [[Solvang]] or [[Buellton]] and enjoy. The region takes responsible consumption very seriously, and since the February 2008 launch of the CHP Designated Driver Program, DUI checkpoints have been frequent. Consider hiring a limo or signing on for a wine tour.  *'''Wine Tours''', Daily wine tasting excursions depart from most area hotels, and you can pick from several different approaches. The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle (888) 8-WINERY, [] offers a flexible day aboard deluxe shuttles. Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours offer a rugged outing wine tour in open air jeeps[]. Sustainable Vine (805)698-3911. [] focuses on the producers employing sustainable practices. I Bike Santa Barbara (805) 705-7998 provides single-day bike tours of the wine country []. 
* '''An easy walking tour'''. Find some free parking on the side streets from Cabrillo Boulevard after passing State Street (i.e. on Bath Street and Yanonali St). Then walk on the sidewalk or the beach to State Street. At the intersection of Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street you will find the pier which will give you great views of the city. After walking on the pier, take State Street up past the train station. Shops and restaurants line up State Street up and down providing a great visitor experience. Take a right on West Carillo St and go one block and then take a left on Anacapa St. This should get you to the Santa Barbara Courthouse (details above under '''See''') opposite the public library Main Branch, where you can enjoy the pleasant views from its tower. Next, walk up the street to Anapamu St and take a left. This will put you back on State Street. If you're not tired yet you can keep walking up State Street to Mission St and take a right. If you follow the street to Laguna St and take a left and after three blocks take a right on Los Olivos. This will get you to the Santa Barbara Mission. After visiting the the mission and the delightful rose garden in front of the Mission, you can walk back to Cabrillo Boulevard or just take the shuttle back to the waterfront.
*'''Santa Barbara International Film Festival''', Held annually towards the end of January/beginning of February, the film festival welcomes some of the biggest names in Hollywood with awards ceremonies and world premier screenings.
*<do name="Channel Islands Kayaking" alt="Channel Islands National Park" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was. </do>
*<do name="Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau" alt="" address="1601 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara CA" directions="" phone="805-966-9222" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Official Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitor the Santa Barbara Visitors Center, open daily, located at 1 Garden Street.</do>
*<do name="Sanguis" alt="" address="8 Ashley Avenue" directions="" phone="805-845-0920" url="" hours="by appt" price="" lat="" long="">Santa Barbara Winery</do>
[[Image:406959824 43949327b4 b.jpg|200px|right|thumb|State Street]]
Santa Barbara is a shopping paradise. State Street alone offers more than a mile stretch of everything from trendy boutiques to popular chain stores like Borders Books and Restoration Hardware. '''El Paseo''' (812 State St.,downtown) on downtown State Street, is an upscale mall that bills itself as "California's First Shopping Center," while lushly themed and nearby '''Paseo Nuevo''' (651 Paseo Nuevo) offers Nordstrom's, Macy's, and more than 50 specialty shops. Whatever you're looking for, you'll likely find it on State Street. There is plenty of parking downtown with the first 75 minutes free in most lots (except at the beach). A good bet is the parking structure on Ortega. Walking or taking a bus in is also a good bet, but taxis are extremely expensive.
Some Local stores of note: *'''The Italian Pottery Outlet''' , 929 state stState St, 877-496-5599, []. A family owned business, the Italian Pottery Outlet it has been in this location for more than 15 years. They carry It carries the largest collection of Italian Pottery pottery in the west and at discounted prices. Phone toll free ''877-496-5599'' or check out their website at []
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*'''Boyguna Surf Shop''', 82 Shoreline Dr., (805) 962-8760, not open, This is said to be the future site of the largest surf shop this side of the Mississippi. The shop is multi-dimensional and is will have a restaurant, dance club, miniature golf course, and stage for household name bands. The owners rarely visit the area, but are rumored to be flying in for the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Boyguna t-shirts are available at various vendors in the area as locals and tourists await the opening. Bums can also be seen sleeping outside the building's doors frequently.
*<buy name="Santa Barbara Visitors Center" alt="Santa Barbara CVB" address="1 Garden Street" directions="" phone="805-965-3021" url="" hours="open daily" price="" lat="" long="">Located in downtown Santa Barbara, you'll find all the information you need about Santa Barbara, including maps, pricing and hours of attractions, restaurant guides, bus and waterfront shuttle schedules and more.</buy>
*'''Downey's Restaurant''', 1305 State St., Santa Barbara. One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. Excellent wine pairings.
*'''Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel''', 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito. When on an expense account, grab brunch here.  *'''Elements''', 129 E. Anapamu St. Great view of Courthouse with innovative food. Lunch is mid-range, however, dinner is more on the expensive side. Element's has been featured twice on the Food Network!
* '''Presidio Motel''', 1620 State Street, "+1-805" 963-1355, []. This sweet motel is run by a charming young couple, with a foible for mid-century design. Free wireless internet and some books on design or art are likely to be part of the rooms set up, as much as TV and a coffee and muffin in the morning. $109+ for king-size bed.
* '''Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel''', 134 Chapala Street, ''+1-805'' 963-0154, []. Amazingly, an inexpensive backpacker two blocks from the beach and one block from the State Street buzz. Basic breakfast and wifi internet in the lobby included. Bed in a shared room $2325-3045, private double room with shared bath $5969-95125, private double room with private bath $6979-95139, rates in all cases a function of day (weekends, summer, festivals are more expensive).
* '''Sandpiper Lodge''', 3525 State Street, []. Budget hotel lodging accommodations for guests seeking golf, romantic or weekend coastal getaways near State Street attractions.
*'''Simpson House Inn''', 121 East Arrellaga St., ''+1-800'' 676-1280, []. A historic Italianate Victorian manor considered one of the best preserved and restored homes of its era in California. Guestrooms inside the estate house, private English style cottages and four rooms in the Carriage House. Landscaped gardens, wood-burning fireplaces and personalized service. All rates include daily gourmet breakfast, evening wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres and complimentary parking. Rates from $235 to $615.
* '''Mahakankala Buddhist Center''', 508 Brinkerhoff Ave, ''+1'' 805-563-6000, []. Offers relaxation meditations and meditation classes to increase inner peace.
==Get out==
[[Image:3148315023 2da7f130c3 b.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Santa Barbara Wine Country]]
*[[Goleta]], a city just to the west and part of the contiguous urban area of Santa Barbara, is home to University of California, Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
*'''Wine Country'''. North on US 101 in the [[Solvang]] region.
*[[Los Olivos]]. About 50 miles north of Santa Barbara on Highway 154. This is a cute little one horse town with about 20 local winery tasting rooms lined up on Grand st. A great place to go wine tasting without having to drive a zillion miles from winery to winery.
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