15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Crocker Art Museum and VJB Cellars. Step off the beaten path and head to Walt Disney Family Museum and Stanford University. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Repris Wines (in Sonoma), Orin Swift Cellars (in St. Helena) and B. Wise Vineyards (in Kenwood). There's much more to do: examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and The Historic La Arcada Courtyard. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Tierra Rejada Golf Club (in Moorpark), Institution Ale Company (in Camarillo) and The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 43°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sat).
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