10 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Washington

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San Francisco — 5 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 VJB Cellars. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa), Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Longboard Vineyards) and Lynmar Estate Winery (in Sebastopol). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, learn about winemaking at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountain Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip builder.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets). It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sun).
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