Santa Barbara

The Americana Riviera

     Santa Barbara, a city located on the central California coast, is known for its stunning mountain backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and its distinct architecture of white stucco buildings with redtile roofs a reminder of its Spanish colonial heritage. State Street boasts many upscale boutiques and restaurants that offer local wines and seasonal fare. On a nearby hill stands Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786, which is home to Franciscan friars and a museum.

    The city of Santa Barbara is a popular tourist and resort destination that also has a diverse economy. In 2004, the service sector accounted for 35% of local employment. It is home to four institutions of higher learning, including the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University. Santa Barbara Airport provides air travel and Amtrak operates the Pacific Surfliner service, which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The city is accessible by U.S. Highway 101 which connects it to Los Angeles 100 miles to the southeast and San Francisco 325 miles to the northwest. The Los Padres National Forest is located behind the city and contains several remote wilderness areas. Additionally, Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles offshore.


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