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The county seat of Santa Barbara County, the city of Santa Barbara, is a popular California tourist destination that has much to offer visitors in the way of natural, historic, and cultural attractions. Santa Barbara boasts a Mediterranean-like climate thanks to its position on the Pacific Ocean and near the Santa Ynez Mountains. Located about 90 miles from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is situated on a stretch of the sea that has been called the American Riviera. If you want to enjoy a postcard-worthy setting, you’re sure to love Santa Barbara and its must-see attractions.

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1. Walk Stearns Wharf

When spending time in downtown, be sure to head over to Stearns Wharf located at the sea-end of State Street. Constructed in 1872, the wharf boasts incredible views of the harbor as well as the city’s mountain backdrop. When visiting the wharf, be sure to check out its specialty shops. There’s also a branch of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History located there. Many people visit this attraction to enjoy one of its popular lunch spots or ice cream shops.

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