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Address: State Street, Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Activities: Shopping
Description: Seven straight miles of shops.
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Good food and good stores

State Street, in Santa Barbara downtown, it's really beautiful and you can found there good restaurants and it's a nice place to shopping.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

State Street, in Santa Barbara downtown, it's really beautiful and you can found there good restaurants and it's a nice place to shopping.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Normally I'm not a fan of shopping, but I enjoyed bike-riding and buying a few necessities and luxuries along this street. Tree-lined with beautiful flowers, it will remind you of a European shopping boulevard. There's a designated bike path too!

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

State Street seems to be the heart of the city....offers something for everybody. One day when we were there we happened upon a farmers market so three blocks were closed off and vendors were selling fresh produce and flowers etc. Lots of restaurants and interesting shops intermingled with coffee shops, high end department stores, a real mix.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great bars, many of the best restaurants, antique and novelty stores as well as boutique high fashion are all here on State Street. A fun street to walk, hang out, have a beer, shop and people watch. If you can't find something to do on State Street that suits you, you probably would be happier in the mountains camping.

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Houston
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Do not recommend walking on state street with kids. The street seems to be overrun with the homeless.

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nice shops and friendly people, found a good lunch place and had a great salad. Lots of different shops to visit.

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Bakersfield, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

For reasons only of family harmony, I have walked portions of State Street more times in the last ten years than I care to tell. I will be glad when my son graduates (with a PhD, lest you think he has been a senior for too many years), so maybe his mother will quit dragging me along to this incredibly... More 

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Columbia, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When I first visited Santa Barbara, State Street was in decline. I'm pleased to say it's now a thriving area with lots of specialty shops and a variety of restaurants. Fun shopping, good eating and excellent people watching.

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

I love Santa Barbara and State Street is pleasant to walk down. I love the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and vibrant and buzzing cafe and restaurant scene. However, if there is a criticism to be made, it is the occasional sketchy characters (local drug addicts?) that loiter the street asking for money or just congregating. The town should try to... More 

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San Diego, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I'm not one to really write bad reviews, but I was very taken back by how terrible State Street in a lot of areas in Santa Barbara were this past week. I was truly amazed how many transients and people doing drugs on State Street. I am always like Santa Barbara for the last 20 years and will continue to... More 

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