15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Washington

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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 some cultural insight at Crocker Art Museum and Alcatraz Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California Museum) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Pismo Pier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Wildwood Regional Park (in Thousand Oaks), Chamisal Vineyards (in San Luis Obispo) and Institution Ale Company (in Camarillo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planning app.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Tue).
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