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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Musee Mecanique. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (California Military Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more), Calistoga (Indian Springs Art Gallery & Castello di Amorosa) and St. Helena (Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards & V. Sattui Winery). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, and trek along Lands End.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day 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, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Wine Tours & Tastings and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa), Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos) and Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and engage your brain at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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