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State Street

Address: State Street, Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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Ranked #24 of 144 Activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Seven straight miles of shops.
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Seven straight miles of shops.
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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 NEW

Very pretty and was probably fabulous a few years ago. Still a nice place to spend a bit of time and some nice restaurants like Opal. The stores are now mostly what you see everywhere.

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rhinebeck,ny
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

The architectural association offers tours on Sat. and Sunday morning. They cost $10. and are given by local architects. Sat. we visited all the historical sights along lower State Street and Sun. we visited the "post earthquake" sights along upper State Street. Very informative tours and interesting conversation with the guides.

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Ventura, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Great place. Fun restaurants and bars. Great shops. Unique shopping - beyond the normal tourist stuff. Too many homeless bothering us. Took away from the charm.

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Florianopolis, Brazil
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I was with my wife and two kids and I got scared with the quantity of junkies and homeless at night. The city is beautiful and has a great energy, but at night it is poorly illuminated and we felt not safe. Changed the car to a paid parking space and left to the hotel after dinner. Sorry to say... More 

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Oxnard, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

there are so many shops and great places to eat. Such a wide variety of places to eat and everyone are so friendly

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Sugar Land, Texas
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124 reviews 124 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Our firm had a scavenger hunt, with clues up and down State Street. So unique, when I return to SB, will walk this street again. Lots of shopping, restaurants, and of course, people watching (one is in California for sure!). We stopped at Joe's Cafe along the way. Strongest drinks in town, so this might give you a lift. Wide... More 

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Los Angeles
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283 reviews 283 reviews
236 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went down State Street on a Sunday. There were SO many pedestrians it backed up the street. Parking is free on Sunday on the street but there was no where. We parked in a lot where the first 75 minutes were free. We went to the art museum. Before, we walked on a tour all over State Street. All... More 

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Riverbank, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A most interesting collection of shops, galleries and eateries. Something for everyone! Easy parking or public transportation make it very simple to get there.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Downtown Santa Barbara is a delight to visit and State Street is its beautiful tree-lined focal point. We like to leave the car at W. Victoria Street car park, as it's located at the top end of the shops. We can then stroll the 8 blocks or so down State Street, heading towards the beach, and back up the other... More 

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Chino Hills
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I liked the small shops, everyone was so friendly. Disliked seeing so many homeless people. One woman was very verbal and threatened to call the police if we got next to her belongings.

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