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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I like the city, the atmosphere, the people and the beach, its a beach city, yet quiet enough to enjoy a vacation and rest

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Bethesda, Maryland
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177 reviews 177 reviews
30 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The most beautiful courthouse I have seen in the US. The detail is outstanding. The mural room is a must see on the way to the tower. The tower stairs are a bit steep, but if you can make it, you can see the bell and clock mechanism, which is really cool if you happen to be there when it... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
78 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you are already in Santa Barbara stop in here for a quintessential look at SB history. Murals, ornate wooden beams, etc. are worth a stop in here. Walk up the stairs to the observation deck to see all of SB proper.

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Tucson, Arizona
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I was a bit skeptical when I saw the high rating for this but it really is pretty great. We were lucky to arrive just before 2:00 for the free docent lead tour. Murals, a rickety elevator, couples just married and the best view in town were all free.

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Providence, Rhode Island
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Beautiful view of the city and it's free. Walking up the steps is like walking to the Blarney Stone but once there, you can see the most breath taking view. Great spot to visit.

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Salinas, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Beautiful courthouse for picture taking but most of all take the elevator or stairs to the fourth floor for a view of the city.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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293 reviews 293 reviews
94 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were crossing Santa Barbara at 4 am and decided to stop by to see the amazing building from the outside. in a way it was perfect because the lighting and ambiance is perfectly enchanting. Got some amazing High Definition pictures. Do not miss this

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

What can i say about Santa Barbara its just about perfect.This town is the only other place on earth i would like to live.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Have to's: see the view from the clock tower, see the working clock, see the stairwells. Lots of beautiful tiles, architecture, and lovely lighting fixtues.

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Frazier Park, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
20 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This place is so neat, from the top of the viewing tower to the Board of Supervisors chamber to the judges' offices in the building's nether regions. You have to go exploring to see everything! Unfortunately, the stairs to the top of the building are not handicap-accessible, but if you can possibly make it to the top, please try.

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