The mission interior at Santa Barbara. The fountain outside the mission. Front of the mission, rebuilt in the 20th century. Famous theatre in Downtown Santa Barbara State Street Santa Barbara in November. We took a holiday in Santa Barbara this year for Thanksgiving. This year, there were no new fires or hillsides with homes that were sliding down the mountain. It's a beautiful city, on the water or inland. The Doctor recommends a trip to Santa Barbara by train, as you can walk nearly everywhere, or take a bus once you get there. And the traffic from freeways will be well behind you.