15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and VJB Cellars. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and California State Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to CAST Wines (in Geyserville), Santa Rosa (Donelan Family Wines, Charles M. Schulz Museum, &more) and Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Passalacqua Winery). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planning app.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Gainey Vineyard. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach), The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks) and Los Olivos (Andrew Murray Vineyards & Tercero Wines). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethania Lutheran Church, and walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to home.
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