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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: St. Helena (Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards & V. Sattui Winery), Calistoga (Indian Springs Art Gallery & Castello di Amorosa) and Sacramento (California Military Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, 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 Carrizo Plain National Monument. 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: Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets) and Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, make a trip to Santa Barbara Harbor, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara vacation app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).
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