15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, &more), Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more) and Kenwood (Landmark Vineyards Kenwood Estate, VJB Cellars, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and walk around Presidio of San Francisco.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco holiday tool.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Washington in April, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) 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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Toccata Tasting Room (in Solvang), Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets) and Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Thu).
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