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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Asian Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Frog's Leap Winery (in Rutherford), Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis) and St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planning tool.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 15th (Sun).
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Claiborne & Churchill Winery (in San Luis Obispo) and Serra Cross Park (in Ventura). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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