Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches, celebrated wineries and year-round sunny weather make it a popular travel destination for work and play. No wonder it was dubbed the American Riviera! As a guest of one of our Holiday Inn Express® Santa Barbara hotels, you'll enjoy the charm of the Mediterranean with a laid-back atmosphere that's undeniably California cool.
Our hotels in Santa Barbara make an excellent base to explore the city. If culture's what you crave, tour the beautiful grounds of the Santa Barbara Mission or head to the Museum of Natural History to see a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a rare blue whale skeleton. There's innovative new works at the Contemporary Arts Forum and European classics at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The city is known for its excellent theaters and music venues. Enjoy an evening of classics with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra or rock out at the Santa Barbara Bowl amphitheatre. Ask your friendly Santa Barbara hotel staff for tips on the biggest and best acts in town.
If business meetings and conferences have you feeling cooped up, head outdoors and enjoy the variety of active pursuits Santa Barbara offers. Walk the pristine white sands of East Beach or kayak around Channel Islands National Park. Plan a day trip to the celebrated wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley or time your stay in our Santa Barbara hotels to experience the Old Spanish Days Fiesta, an elaborate event held every August to celebrate the city's rich culture and history.
Whatever brings you to our Santa Barbara hotels, you'll find there's plenty to do and see in this charming West Coast city.