see + do
Concierge.com's insider take:
After the 1925 earthquake destroyed downtown, Santa Barbara was rebuilt in Spanish colonial style, and these old landmarks are part of the town's charm. Start at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and follow the self-guided Red Tile Walking Tour via a map from the Santa Barbara Visitor Center (1 Garden Street; 805-965-3021; www.santabarbaraca.com), with stops at 22 historic tile-roofed buildings in a 12-block area of downtown, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the 1870s-era Lobero Theatre, and late-18th-century sites from the Presidio. For guided historical walks, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara leads tours on Saturdays at 10 a.m. (unless it's raining), departing from Plaza de la Guerra (805-965-6307; www.afsb.org); downtown art and architecture walks start from the public library on Sundays at 10 a.m.