15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like California State Railroad Museum and Dry Creek Vineyard. Explore hidden gems such as Crocker Art Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa), California State Capitol Museum (in Sacramento) and Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning site.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monarch Butterfly Grove and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Casa del Herrero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Dinosaur Caves Park (in Pismo Beach), The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop (in Buellton) and Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Demetria Winery & Vineyard, and admire the masterpieces at Carriage & Western Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in February, and nighttime lows around 44°F. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to home.
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