Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Santa Barbara is one of the most glamorous cities in California. It differs from neighbouring settlements with magnificent architecture in the Mudejar style. The city of Santa Barbara is located between the Pacific coast and the Santa Ynez Mountains. All this, in conjunction with the excellent weather conditions, annually attracts to Santa Barbara thousands of tourists, and also celebrities and rich people.
The main tourist attractions of Santa Barbara are located in close proximity to each other. It is very convenient for exploring the city and moving around it.
1. Old Mission Santa Barbara.
Old Mission Santa Barbara is the most iconic landmark of the city. The mission building of St. Barbara is also called the “Royal Mission”. This name she received for her beauty and scenic surroundings around.
Old Mission Santa Barbara, the only mission in the Franciscan Order, which has not ceased its activities since the foundation. There, to this day, you can meet Franciscan monks.
In 1925, Santa Barbara was hit by a strong earthquake. During the disaster almost all the buildings of the city were destroyed. The mission building of St. Barbara suffered partially. The preserved part of the mission served as inspiration for the architects who were to restore the city.
The mission building of St. Barbara is located at: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA.
Visit the official site and see the hours of work you can here.
2. Santa Barbara Country Courthouse.
Santa Barbara Country Courthouse is located in the city center and occupies the city quarter. The court building is an example of the style of the Spanish colonial revival. If it were not written on the building that this is a courthouse, you would never have guessed about it.
This building was built in 1929 and is the national (and state) historical architectural monument of the city of Santa Barbara. In the courthouse itself, your attention will be attracted by tiled corridors, painted walls and ceilings, forged chandeliers and much more.
On the territory of Santa Barbara Country Courthouse there is a beautiful garden with palm trees and other plants brought from more than 25 different countries. Various events are held in this garden, incl. wedding ceremonies.
Also, from the courthouse, you can go up to the observation deck of the El Mirador watch tower. In the top you will see a stunning view of the city, the ocean coast and the mountains. It is from the height of this tower you can appreciate the good location of the city.
The building of the court is located at: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA.
Go to the official site you can here.
3. Stearns Wharf.
The Stearns Wharf was built in 1872 and at that time was the longest pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today the Stearns Wharf is one of Santa Barbara’s popular and favorite tourist attractions.
Across the street from the pier, along the coastline, there located are restaurants, cafes and other places of entertainment.
By the way, the Stearns Wharf is the oldest working pier in California.
The Stearns Wharf is located at: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA.
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Santa Barbara is a city in which you can go for a weekend, but definitely not the place where you should spend all your vacation.