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Karna Hughes, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or 805.966.9222 x112

Press Releases

October 10, 2018

Santa Barbara Wins 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award

Destination ranked a “Best Small City” in the U.S.

Santa Barbara has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Barbara first appeared on the list in 2015. The destination, which welcomes more than 7.2 million total visitors per year, is one of 15 winners ranked in the category among other top reader favorites. More than 400,000 readers took part in the annual survey casting hundreds of thousands of votes, according to Condé Nast Traveler.

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