15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Legion of Honor. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walt Disney Family Museum and Alcatraz Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodenhead Vintners (in Santa Rosa), Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Calistoga (Joseph Cellars Winery, Castello di Amorosa, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Cantor Arts Center, and do a tasting at Breathless Sparkling Wines.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online 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. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 19th (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.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Fillmore Historical Museum (in Fillmore), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, learn about winemaking at Gainey Vineyard, and examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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