1. Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour
Explore Santa Barbara’s most iconic buildings, each with its own unique story steeped in tradition. Learn about the evolution of the city as you're comfortably driven from one stop to the next, including the County Courthouse, the Old Mission, and the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. Start your tour at the train station or from your Santa Barbara hotel. Say hello to your driver-guide and buckle in for a half-day exploration. Find out for yourself why the city is often branded as the American Riviera. With white stucco buildings, red-tile clay roofs and Spanish street names, the Spanish influence is evident throughout the city. Visit the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the 18th-century Old Mission, Santa Barbara’s iconic landmarks, that appear to have been transplanted directly from Spain. Next, visit El Presidio Real de Santa Bárbara a former military installation also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara founded and built by Spain in 1782. Learn about the Spanish influence that goes way back to 1602 when adventurer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed here after surviving a huge storm on the eve of Saint Barbara’s feast day, giving it its name.