A Scenic Santa Barbara Walking Tour: The Ultimate Guide to Iconic Landmarks

(9 customer reviews)


$9.99 Reg. Price. Our tour begins at the intersection of East Micheltorena Street and Santa Barbara Street where two city parks border three corners and an apartment complex sits on the 4th corner. Stand on the corner where two low, concrete pillars sit on either side of an asphalt walkway that takes visitors into the middle of the park. As you look at the apartment across the street, you will start the tour by turning left to walk on the sidewalk bordering the park.

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Embark on a captivating Santa Barbara walking tour and discover the Californian Riviera’s hidden stories. Our scenic adventure unveils iconic landmarks, architectural gems, and the city’s fascinating past.

Immerse yourself in Santa Barbara’s rich history as you stroll through the heart of downtown. This Santa Barbara walking tour will showcase legendary landmarks, historic hotels, and breathtaking architecture.

Our journey begins at the intersection of Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Alameda Park. Here, your guide will share tales of Santa Barbara’s early inhabitants, the Chumash natives, and the dramatic transformation brought by Spanish explorers.

As we meander through charming streets, you’ll hear about the devastating 1925 earthquake and the visionary policies that ensured the preservation of the stunning historical downtown district. This Santa Barbara walking tour offers a glimpse into these remarkable efforts.

Get ready to:

  • Marvel at the majestic 150-year-old Moreton Bay Fig Tree.
  • Stand on the very spot where Sebastian Vizcaino first set foot on Californian soil.
  • Delve into history at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, a cornerstone of the city’s past.
  • Explore the city’s alluring Urban Wine Trail, boasting over 20 wineries.
  • Inhale the invigorating ocean air as we stroll along West Beach.
  • Discover the story behind John Peck Stearns’ visionary idea that transformed Santa Barbara.
  • Learn the funky origins of the lively Funk Zone.
  • Uncover the city’s hidden speakeasies and Prohibition-era secrets.
  • Admire some of downtown’s most iconic landmarks, including Hotel Californian, Lobero Theatre, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
  • Set your sights on one of the city’s oldest structures, the Covarrubias Adobe, nestled beside the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

Every corner of Santa Barbara whispers a tale. Join us on this captivating 75-minute Santa Barbara walking tour and unlock the city’s secrets. You’ll leave with a newfound appreciation for this enchanting seaside paradise.

Instructions after purchase:

  • Immediately after the transaction is completed, the receipt will be displayed and an email sent to you
  • A link will be included in both that will take you to either the Apple App store or Google Play store to download the free VoiceMap app
  • A “Voucher Code” will also be included in the email and receipt that you can use on VoiceMap to download the tour to your phone.
  • You then follow directions to the starting point to begin the tour.
  • Have Fun!

9 reviews for A Scenic Santa Barbara Walking Tour: The Ultimate Guide to Iconic Landmarks

  1. Tina M.

    Doing this self-guided tour was a wonderful way to learn about Santa Barbara. It was easy to purchase, download, and use throughout my 3-4 hour walking tour (I got 20,000 steps doing this tour). I was able to control the app settings and pause the narration when I wanted to explore an area or monument or museum in more depth. The voice of the narrator was calming and entertaining. The narrator was clear, specific, and lively! I was able to do this tour at my own pace and in my own time which was wonderful!

  2. Camille S.

    I learned so much about Santa Barbara; Great Audio Tour!
    I enjoyed how the tour was laid out in such an easier to follow manner, and the history on the churches, theaters and other points of reference was enlightening and I learned so much about Santa Barbara, I did not know, and that you end at the scenic and happening Stearns Wharf was great!

  3. Echo G.

    Loved the start to finish, great route, exactly what I wanted to learn and hear! Plus your personal tie into the connection!

  4. Laura L.

    An Economical and Very Interesting Guide – Actually all the points to visit were perfect, everything was very interesting, it made my walk make sense and not only wander aimlessly and without knowledge, it was also very economical, I loved it and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

  5. Rick

    Nice day in Santa Barbara
    I enjoyed listening to the audio tour. It was very clear and was easy to listen to. The history was abundant. I had no clue.
    However I’m from San Luis Obispo, and our town is pronounced San Loois, Not San Loowy.
    A few other comments. When starting the tour, there is a public restroom in the park should be noted. It was very easy to follow the route.

  6. Melinda S.

    Tour Freely in Santa Barbara
    Very interesting and informative experience. The tour covers the town’s history and takes you to many points of interest throughout. If a particular site bears more investigation, or you just need a break, it is easy to pause the tour and resume at any time. Definitely recommend it!

  7. Anonymous Explorer

    Great tour! Easy to install on both laptop and iPhone. Extremely informative with places and sites I would’ve missed if I hadn’t had this App. Definitely going tell my friends and family. Thx VoiceMap!

  8. Anonymous Explorer

    Very interesting tour covering multiple sites of interest. Visitors to Santa Barbara will enjoy walking, listening and stopping easily anywhere along the way. The app is easy to manage. Thanks Tour Freely!

  9. Mindy Flanagan

    Hey Tour Freely Explorers!
    Thanks a million for your awesome feedback! We’re thrilled that you’re loving our tours and exploring “freely.” Keep your life adventures rolling! – Team Tour Freely

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