Above: Various products for sale at Salt Cave Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California

On my trip to Santa Barbara, I discovered a little-known gem in the heart of the city’s downtown. Salt Cave Santa Barbara is a day spa on State Street that even few locals are aware of. Billed as one of the largest Himalayan salt caves in North America, it comprises two caves made with 60 tons of 200 million-year-old stacked pink Himalayan salt blocks; crushed pink salt crystals cover the floor.

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