Santa Barbara City Facts
|Country||USA (United States of America)|
|Total Area||41.4 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||34.4208° N, 119.6972° W|
|Time Zone||PST (UTC−08:00)|
|Museums||Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History,Santa Barbara Museum of Art,Santa Barbara Historical Museum|
|Universities||University of California, Santa Barbara|
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara City Map is a handy resource for finding some of the best places to visit. Located over 41.4 sq miles on the longest beach stretch on the US West coast, the city remains an attractive holiday destination with a wide variety of hotels and resorts overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Beyond tourism, the city is the County seat for Santa Barbara County and serves several important sectors like education, aerospace and defense.
About Santa Barbara City
The city is conveniently located with the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Spanish architecture along with late Victorian style shows its influence in residential architecture in and around Santa Barbara. The city is home to several public personalities and exclusive homes dot the city neighborhoods.
Find some of the popular neighborhoods marked out in the Santa Barbara City map and include:
- The Riviera
- The Mesa
- The Westside
- The Eastside
- Upper State Street
- Lower State Street
- Mission Canyon
- San Roque
Reaching Santa Barbara by road is easy as it lies on the US Highway 101 which connects San Francisco in the north to L.A. in the south. The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport operates commercial flights while Amtrak offers rail connectivity from the station on State Street.
The city is home to the popular University of California, Santa Barbara, a leading research university in the region. For liberal arts, Westmont College, Antioch University, Santa Barbara City College and Southern California Institute of Law continue to attract students from all over.
Vocational institutions like the Brooks Institute of Photography, Music Academy of the West, Paul Mitchell The School remain popular for vocational training.
Television and radio stations along with print media continue to thrive here with a lot of content being created and broadcast from the city.
Places of interest in Santa Barbara
Tourism is a major attraction that generates over a $1 billion for the city. Visitors with an interest in performing and fine arts will find several options to explore.
The 2000-seat Arlington Theatre is a major attraction and also happens to be the official venue for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The towering 1924-built Granada Theatre continues to stand tall with a long standing history of hosting some of the most memorable performances.
Stearns Wharf along with the Ty Warner Sea Center near the harbor is a popular destination for tourists and visitors to hang out with enough entertainment options to spend the entire day and evening there.
For those seeking to go back in time, there are heritage buildings like Rafael Gonzalez House (built 1820s), Hill-Carrillo Adobe (built 1825), Hastings Adobe (built 1854), Covarrubias Adobe (built 1854) and Burton Mound among many others.
For nature and wildlife lovers there is the Santa Barbara Zoo, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary, Channel Islands National Park, Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, Mission Historical Park, Elings Park, Parma Park among many others.
Popular events through the year in Santa Barbara
The city hosts special events throughout the year and include:
- Roar and Pour Wine Festival in May
- Music Academy of the West Summer Festival from June to August
- I Madonnari Street Painting Festival in May
- Santa Barbara French Film Festival to celebrate Bastille Day in July
- The Old Spanish Days Fiesta in August
- Summer Solstice Parade in June
- California Wine Festival in July
- Santa Barbara International Film Festival
- New Noise Music Conference and Festival
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