Santa Barbara, US *RERUN
The coastal California city of Santa Barbara is touted to be one of the state's most popular beach resorts. Established by Spanish missionaries in the late 18th century when they built the Mission Santa Barbara, whose graceful beauty has earned it the name of "Queen of the Missions." They set up a Spanish town and preached Christianity to the indigenous Chumash people. After a period under Mexican rule, Santa Barbara was annexed to the United States in 1848. The California sun, the ocean, the Spanish style townscape ... and all the spirited and freewheeling people who love this city.