Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara, CA, has a Mediterranean-like climate year-round, making this coastal, central Californian city a popular destination. The five institutions of higher learning that call Santa Barbara home, including the University of California at Santa Barbara and Antioch University, infuse this youthful town with culturally diverse attractions and abundant shopping, dining and nightlife options.
Visit any one of Santa Barbara’s historic destinations for a better understanding of how this Spanish-influenced city developed. Start at Old Mission Santa Barbara, the restored 18th century structure founded by a Franciscan Friar. Enjoy views of downtown from the red-tiled roof, Spanish-Moorish Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s open-air tower. Learn about the city’s colonial roots at Presidio of Santa Barbara, a 18th-century chapel and military post. This archeological site stands alongside the 1929 Our Lady of Sorrows Church -- one of the state’s most beautiful chapels.
You will find miles of beaches in Santa Barbara, home to some of the best surf breaks on the west coast. Give paddle boarding and body surfing a go at one of Santa Barbara’s many recreationally-zoned beaches.
Described as an eco-tourist’s playground, 300 days of sunshine make walking the serene trails at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Coronado Butterfly Preserve and Los Padres National Forest must-do activities. Explore trails of varying difficulty on San Ysidro Trail and Romero Canyon Trail. Paddle along the shores of the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, dubbed the “Galapagos of North America” for its isolation and more than 100 indigenous flora and fauna species.
Make the most of your stay in historic Santa Barbara when you book a room at an amenity-rich IHG hotel. You’ll be sure to relax in style and enjoy all that this cultural town has to offer when you know you have a comfortable, stylish and affordable room to return to.