Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches and Mediterranean climate have earned it the nickname the American Riviera. Book one of our Holiday Inn® Santa Barbara hotels today and enjoy the endless attractions that have made this city a popular destination with leisure travelers, families and outdoor enthusiasts alike!
Santa Barbara is a fairly compact city with pedestrian friendly streets. Most of our Santa Barbara hotel guests prefer to walk, enjoying the mild weather and characteristic Spanish Mission-style architecture of the city; however, our friendly staff is more than happy to help you secure transportation, especially, if you plan on venturing out from our Santa Barbara hotels and into the celebrated California wine country!
Start your tour with Santa Barbara Mission (dubbed the Queen of Missions for its beauty), before heading to the nearby Museum of Natural History, which features a 72-foot blue whale skeleton and state-of-the-art planetarium. The Karpeles Manuscript Library displays rare and noteworthy documents mixed with quirky historical artifacts, while the Santa Barbara Museum of Art offers strong collections in Roman antiquities and classical European art.
If you’re looking for family friendly activities during your stay in our Santa Barbara hotels or simply prefer outdoor pursuits to museums and art galleries, you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty to choose from. Spend the day at the small but impressive Santa Barbara Zoo or wander the diverse terrains of the city’s Botanical Gardens. Hiking, golfing, paragliding and kayaking are all popular activities, and with the scenic Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, it’s not hard to see why. Finish your tour with shopping along State Street and dinner at Stearns Wharf, a historic pier district that offers a variety of restaurants and beautiful Pacific Ocean views.
Of course, this is only a small sampling of what you’ll find in Santa Barbara. Hotel guests are often surprised by the amount of things to do and see, so don’t be surprised if you have to book a second stay to take it all in. Holiday Inn Santa Barbara hotels are always waiting to welcome you.