Your Visit To Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

PlayFest Santa Barbara is January, 2014!

Santa Barbara is affectionately referred to as the American Riviera. Her beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, wonderful warm weather and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier resort destination. World-class accommodations and dining await her many visitors.

Santa Barbara is a 90 minute drive north from Los Angeles or a short hop from any corner of the world via the Santa Barbara airport. Santa Barbara’s harbor is home to the world famous Stearns Wharf; a great destination for the entire family. The zoological gardens are known as a great family day-trip.

From the City, you are just minutes away from the Santa Barbara wine country. The gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley, with its breath-taking vistas, is home to such notable attractions as Solvang and the Chumash Reservation. Whether you enjoy hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life, Santa Barbara has something for you.

The City of Santa Barbara is beautiful and quaint. Carrillo Street and State Street are the main thoroughfares. State Street is generally considered to run “north and south,” and has no direct off-ramp from the 101 Freeway in the downtown area.

Garden Street and Carrillo Street off-ramps are good to take in order to arrive at the City center. East and west street numbers have their origin at State Street. The two north/south oriented streets on either side of State Street (Chapala Street and Anacapa Street) are one-way and help the flow of traffic in the downtown area. State Street is a two-way street that is great for sightseeing and “people-watching,” however with its many stoplights and mid-block pedestrian crossings, it is not recommended for quick commuting.

If you are planning a trip to the downtown or waterfront area, there are many municipal parking lots whereparking is free for the first 75 minutes. It is probably best to park and walk in the downtown area.

Santa Barbara Cultural Links

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