10 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Legion of Honor. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stroll the grounds of Presidio Pet Cemetery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder tool.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 51°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 2nd (Wed).
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Santa Barbara — 5 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Rutiz Family Farms (in Arroyo Grande) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, and do a tasting at Chamisal Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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