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 a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Kenwood (Kenwood Vineyards, VJB Cellars, &more), Lynmar Estate Winery (in Sebastopol) and Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Stephen & Walker Winery). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

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Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Bubblegum Alley. Venture out of the city with trips to Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark), Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, learn about winemaking at Au Bon Climat Tasting Room, and brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

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Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to home.
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