15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Golden Gate Bridge. Discover out-of-the-way places like California State Railroad Museum and San Francisco Bay. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars & V. Sattui Winery), Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & The Undergound Tasting Room) and Calistoga (Indian Springs Art Gallery & Castello di Amorosa). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, do a tasting at Dry Creek Vineyard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning site.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Washington in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Fillmore Historical Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa), Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove) and Paradise Falls (in Thousand Oaks). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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