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Those who love the scenic city with plenty of architectural evidence left by its 16th century Spanish visitors understand why Santa Barbara is often called the “American Riviera.” Presided over by its sparkling white and pink Mission Santa Barbara, the city sits on the longest south-facing section of coastline on the West Coast. The dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains behind it, form a backdrop that’s perfectly scenic. A prime place for whale watching and visiting missions, Santa Barbara also plays host to the beautiful Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens and the multiculturally-themed Lotusland gardens. Seafood lovers should head straight to Stearns Wharf, where fishermen sell early morning catch right from the boat.
Things to love about Santa Barbara
- Kayaking through caves in the Channel Islands
- Tours of Santa Barbara wine country's working wineries
- Some of the best spas in California
- Take a self-guided drive among its fantastic estates
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