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State Street | Santa Barbara, CA
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  • Type: Cafes, Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 5.0 (4.8)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Santa Barbara's most famous avenue, State Street cuts through downtown and leads right onto Stearns Wharf. It's nearly impossible to miss with its shops, art galleries, theaters and museums like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. You can grab a ride on the electric shuttle for 50 cents, but most travelers and locals recommend you walk to truly appreciate the ambiance.

After a few hours of shopping — with more than 300 shops and stores — visitors usually slide into a chair at one of the 160 local restaurants to refuel.

Travelers say State Street is the heart of Santa Barbara, and the experience exploring the shops and dining outdoors reminds them of European open-air markets. However, some do caution that while most of the street features upscale stores, you should be mindful of the growing homeless population that is known to panhandle on parts of the street.  

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