15 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.
Wine Tours & Tastings and California State Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walt Disney Family Museum and Stanford University. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: St. Helena (Vine Cliff Winery Tasting Room, V. Sattui Winery, &more), Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Clos Pegase Winery) and Hoover Tower (in Palo Alto). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Washington DC in November, with lows around 51°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Heritage House Museum (in Arroyo Grande) and Fillmore Historical Museum (in Fillmore). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, learn about winemaking at Carhartt Family Wines, examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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