The pandemic has spurred many Americans to rediscover the simple joy of the road trip, so where better to honor that tradition than with a stay at the original Motel 6? The first property in the globe-spanning chain, it debuted in Santa Barbara in 1962 and is a cut above the workaday roadside branches that you might stumble upon along a desolate freeway. The property recently reopened after a gut renovation aimed at sprucing up the retro interiors. There’s extra appeal to staying in a motel, too: Each room has its own entrance, minimizing interaction with others guests and making social distancing easier. Walk across the road to hit East Beach, where you can sunbathe or swim, or rent a convertible to cruise around the region as the weather hovers comfortably in the mid-70s. Alternatively, head to the zoo, a small but naturalistic home for 500 or so animals who live in open enclosures, or glimpse the earliest days of European settlement here via the Mission, one of 21 churches built in the late 18th century. Note that arrivals from out of state are not required to quarantine during the current pandemic, but visitors must bring a face covering to wear at all times in public areas per local ordinances. Updated mandates are available here.