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Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 682 4149's insider take:

Even if you avoid church tours like the plague, head for this hilltop landmark—the view and historical experience are worth it. Built in 1815 after an earthquake destroyed the original building, this pink sandstone mission with red-tile roof and twin bell towers is the most beautiful of California's 21 missions, and the only one in continuous use since its founding in 1786. Tours are given daily.

Open daily 9 am to 4:30 pm.

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