15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Santa Barbara
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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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at California State Railroad Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenwood (VJB Cellars & B. Wise Vineyards), Laurel Glen Vineyard (in Glen Ellen) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California Museum). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier), The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks) and Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to Santa Barbara Harbor, steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Thu).
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