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Santa Barbara

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The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options. Located just over 150 km (100 mi) from Los Angeles, the city is one of the country's most affluent urban centers, its economy resting on the service sector, education, health care, finance, technology, and tourism. Santa Barbara is home to five major colleges, housing a young student population that serves as a counterbalance to the area's older retirement communities. Just beyond the city lies a vast national forest, its protected wilderness areas sheltering several threatened and endangered species. Plan your trip to Santa Barbara and other United States destinations using our handy United States driving holiday planning website.
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Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Blessed with a mild climate and lush location, Santa Barbara remains a playground for the rich and famous, so it's no surprise that accommodations can be extremely expensive here. The priciest hotels are near the water, so before you make your reservations, decide if staying beachside fits into your budget. You can find more affordable rooms at any one of the area's small motels, located just blocks from the beaches. These offer secure parking, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi.
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Places to visit with Santa Barbara

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