Sideways put Santa Barbara's pinot noir in the spotlight, but let's not forget the award-winning chardonnays and great cabernet. Wine country is only 30 miles...more
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...more
A cross between an aquarium and a laboratory, the Sea Center, run by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, makes it possible to play marine scientist for...more
Hopefully you'll fare better than President Bush, who took a tumble during his first ride on a Segway, the self-balancing electric-powered human...more
On 11 acres in Mission Canyon, the museum covers the region with exhibits on local birdlife, insects, mammals, and marine life, plus Chumash Indian artifacts,...more
Founded in 1941, this museum has a surprisingly strong permanent Asian art collection, which includes earthenware Chinese zodiac figures dating back to the...more
Even if you avoid church tours like the plague, head for this hilltop landmarkthe view and historical experience are worth it. Built in 1815 after an...more
Rebuilt after the 1925 earthquake that destroyed much of downtown, this working courthouse with Spanish-Moorish architecture, hand-painted ceilings,...more
You don't have to be from the green-thumb club to love this 78-acre garden in the foothills of Mission Canyon. Wander more than five miles of trails through...more
See the flip side of Santa Barbara from a sit-on-top kayak. Paddle Sports offers a range of guided day trips along the coast; full-moon tours departing from the...more
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