Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean-type climate and one of the most picturesque coastlines in California, with the Santa Ynez Mountains rising up behind the city. Evidence for human settlement of the idyllic location has been dated back as far as 13,000 years, with Spanish missionaries permanently settling in around 1782. Santa Barbara still bears a distinctly Spanish and Mexican flavor, and American author Richard Dana, Jr., wrote about the area’s diverse people in the famous “Two Years Before the Mast.” The city is popular with classical music enthusiasts for its numerous professional and amateur orchestras and performance venues. Historians will enjoy a visit to the original Presidio, installed by the Spanish missionaries in 1782, and the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show, running for more than 40 years, attracts thousands of people each week.
The Ty Warner Sea Center is situated on the historic Steams Wharf of Santa Barbara. It is being managed and owned by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural...
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