15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco — 9 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and VJB Cellars. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma (in Sonoma), Muscardini Cellars (in Kenwood) and Bennett Valley (in Santa Rosa). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 14th (Wed).
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Santa Barbara — 5 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 Casa del Herrero. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark), Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum (in Camarillo) and Los Olivos (Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Stolpman Vineyards, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to home.
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