California Central Coast gem, Santa Barbara, is one of the best places during road trips to stop, stretch and walk a few blocks-or even miles. The Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce knew this many years ago when they came up with the concept of a Red Tile Walking Tour. Visitors commented about the striking, red clay tile roofs, especially visible from a stunning vista at the Santa Barbara Courthouse shown in the picture. From that lookout spot you can see the Pacific Ocean, hillsides and mountains, and signs that tell you what notable buildings you are gazing at in the distance from your 360-degree vantage point.
One of the most visited icons between Hollywood Sign and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, the historic courthouse is open free to the public and even includes free tours daily (except Sundays.) Hand-painted tile murals, lush palms and landscaping with exotic plantings from more than twenty-five countries and six continents, and a rich history of the area provide the suggest launch point for a Red Tile Walking Tour. Address: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA.
Highlights of the Red Tile Walking Tour include:
Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Spanish-Moorish architecture / 80' clock tower
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
La Arcada Plaza
Casa De la Guerra
Plaza De la Guerra
Presidio Avenue & Presidio Gardens
Santiago de la Guerra Adobe
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Casa Covarrubias & Adobe
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
Main Post Office