The Santa Barbara Mission is one of twenty-one California Missions but it's called the Queen of the Missions. It has beautiful pacific ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains views, and was founded in 1786 by Spanish Franciscans for the purpose of coverting the local indians.
"Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the land from Malibu to San Luis Obispo was inhabited by the Chumash Indians. They were hunters and gatherers oriented to the sea. They built plank boats (tomols) which were capable of traveling to the Channel Islands. Chumash villages were autonomous, headed by a hereditary leader. Houses were semi-oval huts built of tule. Basketry was a major art form as were stone bowls and tools. Houses were dome shaped with tules covering a willow frame."
It's hard to describe how peaceful and beautiful the courtyard and little cemetery are, so green and lush with trees and plants. I think the Mission Santa Barbara is a wonderful place.