State Street, Santa Barbara

4.5 out of 5 stars 28 Reviews

Approx. from Micheltorena St. (at 1400 blk. of State St.) to The Stearns Wharf (805) 966-9222

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    State St and Downtown

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Nov 4, 2012

    Santa Barbara has a large and beautiful, and very lively downtown. The core of this is State St, a busy street with bicycle trams for hire, pedestrians, cars, etc. I would recommend avoiding driving on it at busy hours, but is lined with beautiful buildings, many old, nice trees, lots of eateries and shops. There is much to see and do throughout downtown, though, off of State St.

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  • Shop Shop Shop!

    by tlogsmith Written May 17, 2011

    State Street is the be all to end all for shopping! No matter where you turn, you're bound to find a great store that has fabulous clothes. Personally I love, Nordstrom (great chain!), Wendy Foster, Free People, and Diani. SInce i love spending all my money on clothes when I visit Santa Barbara, I hate thinking about my hotel accommodations, and I really hate spending a whole lot of money on a nice place to stay. That is why I love staying at The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Located on State street, it is a GREAT hotel, and an even better price!

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    Take a lovely stroll in the heart of downtown...

    by marinarena Written Aug 25, 2009

    along State St. Touted the most beautiful downtown in America, State St offers an even offering of commercial and unique boutique shopping, fun nightlife spots, fantastic food options, quaint coffeehouses and pretty floral decoration.

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    State Street- Fun in SB!

    by RheaM Written Sep 2, 2009

    State street really does have it all- stores, dining and people watching.

    Stores: I love that you can find both mom and pop boutiques with adorable one of a kind goods as well as all major retailers like, Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

    Dining: from high end to low end there is a lot to choose from. They have delicious small pizza shops and cute little street side cafes. There also a lot of great high end, food lover restaurants. Lots of restaurants enjoy locally grown meats and produce.

    Any nice sunny day the street will be filled with locals and tourists alike enjoying all that downtown SB has to offer!

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    Walk around Downtown State Street

    by malianrob Written Jul 27, 2008

    There is lots of shopping here in Downtown Snta Barbara. There are a ton of bars, restaurants and little speciality shops. There are many tourists hanging around but also many locals and college students. Its fun to walk around, have a drink somewhere and people watch.

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    walk down state street

    by rkearns Written May 24, 2007

    state street is the main drag in santa barbara. it is a few miles long so you want to start your walk closer to the water. you will see lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and places to sit and people watch. the weather is mild and comfortable all the time here, so have a seat outside and take it all in! it's best to walk TOWARD the water. that way, you get a nice breeze and the chance to have a few drinks at the restaurant on the pier. take a cable car if you're tired of walking, or just hail a cab. just take it all in....it's beautiful!

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    State St., that zany great street

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007

    I feel State street is my favorite part of Santa Barbara. This is the heart of downtown where all the restaurants, bars, live music venues, coffeehouses, clothing stores, movie houses and galleries are. This is very walkable and easy to get around. This area is also super close to the beach, so you can walk from the beach to State St. This is also one of my favorite places for people watching, you have gorgous model types walking around, celebrities, (see my picture of Rudy Giuliani below) whacky people preaching, rich yacht owners, hippie and surfer types, homeless but not violent people. Very fun, and the energy is amazing but in a classic California laidback way. You can spend all day here and not come close to checking out all this street has to offer. This is the heart of Santa Barbara.

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    State Street

    by kidkilowatt Written May 4, 2005

    Whether it is shopping you want or just a nice stroll through a beautiful town, State street is the place. We walked all the way up and down State street our first night in town and there were so many cool places we would have wanted to explore if we had more time in town. State street is like one of those perfect settings for a romantic comedy where the fledgling couple goes and gets ice cream and walks down this great little street giggling and gazing into each other's eyes as the sun goes down.

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  • State Street

    by chris7ba Written Aug 24, 2002

    State Street, from Stearn's Wharf all the way through town, was designed for tourists. It has alot of little shops along it, a novelty eatery, a French bakery(which I was impressed with), and many consumer staples any American should be familiar with by now.

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    Surfing

    by karina888 Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Surfing has been on eof my favourite things to do in Santa Barbara for years.
    Check out my other tip for more info...!
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    State Street

    by annk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    State Street is the main shopping district with a large variety of stores, restaurants and historical buildings close by. Shown is one of the colorful alleyways off State Street.

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    State Street

    by Nexus7 Written Jun 11, 2004

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    The State Street area of Santa Barbara is where the cultural center location is for everything. It's where the nightlife is and the restaurants and a lot of fine architecture and history.

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    state street

    by Traveller_ Written Sep 17, 2004

    State street is the broadway in Santa Barbara. pretty good, but pricy sandwich place in the centrum. All so a good sport store is located in state street.

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