Santa Barbara County Courthouse National Historic Landmark

1100 block of Anacapa Street (Partial ADA). Magnificent Spanish-Moorish "palace" built in 1929 surrounded by lawns and tropical gardens. Hand painted ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, giant murals and imported tiles. 360-degree view from clock tower "El Mirador." Tours are free except for some groups. Call for tours. (805) 962-6464 / SantaBarbaraCourthouse.org

El presidio de Santa Barbara State historic park

11 block of East Canon Perdido Street (Partial ADA). Ongoing restoration and reconstruction of the 18th century Spanish fort which was Santa Barbara's birthplace and the seat of military and civil government for an area extending from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. (805) 965-0093 / Sbthp.org

Santa barbara historical museum

136 East De La Guerra Street (ADA). Treasures from Santa barbara's colorful past: documents, paintings, costumes and many rare mementos from three eras, Spanish, Mexican and American are exhibited. (805) 966-1601 / santabarbaramuseum.com

El paseo "the street in spain"

15 E. De La Guerra Street. Picturesque and charming courtyard and restaurants reminiscent of Old Spain built in and around the adobe home (1827) of the historic De La Guerra family.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street (ADA). One of the nation's outstanding regional museums, featuring works from the permanent collection: America, 19th century French, contemporary Asian, and modern European Art, classical antiquities, photography, prints and drawings. (805) 963-4364 / Sbma.net

La arcada

1100 Block of State Street. located next to the museum of Art, La Arcada was designed by architect Myron Hunt and constructed in 1926. This Spanish-style building and courtyard is one of the most charming areas in Santa Barbara with its galleries, boutiques, restaurants, fountains and abundant flowers.