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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at California State Railroad Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore hidden gems such as Crocker Art Museum and Dry Creek Vineyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: The Undergound Tasting Room (in Sacramento), Santa Rosa (Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery & Charles M. Schulz Museum) and Stephen & Walker Winery (in Healdsburg). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco journey planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco. Traveling from Washington in February, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Carriage & Western Art Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monarch Butterfly Grove and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop (in Buellton). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, tee off at Sherwood Country Club, and go for a walk through Santa Barbara Harbor.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 44°F. You will leave for home on the 16th (Tue).
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