Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara , California
Concierge.com's insider take:
Rebuilt after the 1925 earthquake that destroyed much of downtown, this working courthouse with Spanish-Moorish architecture, hand-painted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, imported tiles, painted murals, and a sunken tropical garden is a National Historic Landmark. Make sure to climb the steps to the 85-foot-high tower for a 360-degree view (it closes early, so arrive before 3:30 p.m.). Free guided tours of the courthouse are offered Monday through Saturday at 2 p.m., and Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m.