Santa Barbara Ranked a Best Small City in the U.S.
Hendry's Beach Sunset (Photo: Mark Weber)
By Sabrina K. Sangha
It should be no surprise that our beautiful Santa Barbara has won another accolade, this time being rated as the "Best Small City" in the U.S. in the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Poll.
Santa Barbara is a wonder for its magical sunsets, coastline location, and pleasing places and people. It is hard to imagine a place better than the coastline, where the colorful skies and beach vibes set alight pure joy to start each day.
Our California coastline city is visited by approximately 7.2 million visitors annually. To outsiders, we're mostly known for our prestigious wineries, hotels, resorts, lively restaurants and nightlife after hours. Moreover, many of the well- known hotels and resorts have won “Top Hotels is Southern California” according to Visit Santa Barbara, including the well-known Ritz Carlton Bacara and the Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara.
In addition, Santa Barbara has been ranked highly amongst other phenomenal cities including the glorious wine countryside of Napa, California (#12), the scenic Sedona, Arizona (#6) and the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia (#4).
According to Kathy Janega- Dykes, President and CEO of Visit Santa Barbara, “Santa Barbara has a way of making travelers feel like they’re in a little pocket of paradise when here”.
Our beach town has previously been featured in the top 15 among several other cities in the nation. According to the recent issue of Condé Nast Traveler, the November issue illustrates Santa Barbara as being a paradise amongst many others, highlighting the offerings most locals already know.
We are also home to the 5th best national public university, UC Santa Barbara, and one of the best-rated community colleges, Santa Barbara City College.
In the heart of the city, the average traveler is delighted to be present in such a paradise. The city truly delivers a spectacular vision with extraordinarily scenic mountains and the ocean surrounding the area. The southern county is a perfect getaway destination for travelers and visitors to explore, as it has been by many.
Furthermore, many locals can agree that the city has proven to be so much more than just home, but a true paradise. Entirely, the city awaits future visitors and welcomes future tourists to explore and experience the paradise for themselves.