14 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco — 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at California State Railroad Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Exploratorium. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Mumm Napa (in Rutherford), Sacramento Children's Museum (in Rancho Cordova) and St. Helena (Prager Winery & Port Works, V. Sattui Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday 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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 8th (Fri).
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks) and Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara online road trip planner.

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 January, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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