15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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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.
Golden Gate Bridge and Charles M. Schulz Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Dry Creek Vineyard. Venture out of the city with trips to Sebastopol (Dutton Goldfield Winery & Fog Crest Vineyard), Donelan Family Wines (in Santa Rosa) and Healdsburg (Mauritson Wines & Stephen & Walker Winery). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco. While traveling from Washington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Get some cultural insight at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Bubblegum Alley. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo), Fillmore Historical Museum (in Fillmore) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, indulge in some personalized pampering at Salt Cave, and take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and 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. May in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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