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Friday, November 23, 2012

Red Tile Walking Tour

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  • Walk along 22 historic places in the Santa Barbara downtown

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  • Free admission inside a few historic landmarks
  • Free parking on the streets
  • Click here to see the map of the Red Tile Walking Tour

The Red Tile Walking Tour is a walk in the Santa Barbara downtown, along the historic places. We totally underestimated the amount of time that it would take to complete the tour. It covers about 12 blocks and we did not have sufficient time to cover all the 22 historic places. After parking the car on the streets, we started the tour from Presidio Avenue, the oldest street in Santa Barbara. The Spanish style architecture of the buildings and shopping malls impressed me a lot. I could not help but keep staring and admiring the beautiful Santa Barbara downtown.

Church at the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

Inside the church

Our next stop was at the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. It was founded in 1782 and was built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California. There is a $7/adult admission fee to explore this historic park. A map serves as a guide to explore the park and the placards in several rooms educate one about the history of each room. One can easily spend at least an hour exploring this park and more time if you are a history lover.

Inside the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

We then walked to the Santa Barbara County courthouse. I was looking at the courthouse for a very long time thinking how beautiful a courthouse could possibly look. Designed in a Spanish style with an 80-foot clock tower, the courthouse seemed to attract a lot of people. One is allowed to go to the clock tower for free. 

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Decor inside the Courthouse

We entered the courthouse and were amazed to see the interior d├ęcor, murals, tiles, painting, etc. A 360 degree of Santa Barbara invited us when we walked up to the clock tower. The ocean could be seen from one end, the Santa Ynez Mountains could be seen from another end and several other landmarks. After enjoying the magnificent view, we walked down and ended our Red Tile Walking Tour. By that time, we were exhausted and went to the Leadbetter Beach to relax before heading out to dinner at the popular Palace Grill restaurant. 

View from Observatory Tower inside the Courthouse

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