15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dry Creek Vineyard and California State Railroad Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Santa Rosa (Carol Shelton Wines & Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery), Dutton Goldfield Winery (in Sebastopol) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California Museum). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planning tool.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum (in Camarillo), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Los Olivos (Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio & Andrew Murray Vineyards). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Gardens of the World.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip planner.

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. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Tue).
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