Perched on California's Central Coast, Santa Barbara is one of the state's most picturesque cities. Whether you're visiting for the charming downtown area, the fantastic food and wine scene, or the Spanish colonial history, Santa Barbara makes for an incredible getaway on the Pacific Coast.
Start your visit with a tour of Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Presidio, where you can immerse yourself in Spanish colonial history. Nearby, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers more insight into the area's origins and boasts a beautiful butterfly garden.
Treat yourself to a visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, where flowers bloom and greenery flourishes all year round. The award-winning Santa Barbara Zoo may be small, but it's home to hundreds of animals, including otters, flamingos, gorillas, and many more. Take a stroll along the beach at Shoreline Park, which has gorgeous ocean views, walking trails, and a playground for kids.
No matter your preferred price point, you'll find the ideal hotel in Santa Barbara. Treat yourself to a high-end stay in a sleek design hotel just steps from the waterfront, or stay at a comfortable family-friendly hotel near Santa Barbara's main attractions. If you're looking for larger rooms and extra space, set your sights on hotels in nearby Carpinteria.
If you're planning to fly to Santa Barbara, book your ticket to the Santa Barbara Airport, which is about a 20-minute drive west of the city center. Considering a road trip instead? Santa Barbara is just off U.S. Highway 101, about 90 minutes west of Los Angeles.