- Type: Cafes, Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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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. An inexpensive trolley runs up and down the street, but most travelers recommend you walk to truly appreciate the ambience. After a few hours of shopping -- with department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and boutique stores it'll take a while -- visitors usually slide into a chair at a nearby restaurant to refuel.
One enthusiastic TripAdvisor user says State Street "is a tremendous place to shop, walk around, or simply bask in the glow of energetic people. There are restaurants for every taste, bars for every kind, and shops ... well, shops for the wealthy, mostly."
Strolling State Street is free, but you better bring your wallet if you wish to bring home any souvenirs -- Santa Barbara style is pretty pricey. Shops and restaurants have varying hours, but you'll find the district particularly busy from late afternoon into the evening.