10 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco visit planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Reagan Ranch Center. Get some cultural insight at Old Mission Santa Barbara and The Historic La Arcada Courtyard. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Lompoc (Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards, La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, &more), Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang) and Carhartt Family Wines (in Los Olivos). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Point San Luis Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room, walk around Shoreline Park, and browse the exhibits of Casa del Herrero.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santa Barbara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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