15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Crocker Art Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get some cultural insight at California State Railroad Museum and VJB Cellars. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: B. Wise Vineyards (in Kenwood), Palo Alto (Hoover Tower, Stanford University, &more) and Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Longboard Vineyards). Dedicate the 8th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 46°F. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 14th (Thu).
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo), The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks) and Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, steep yourself in history at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

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

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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