15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Santa Barbara
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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 Wine Tours & Tastings and California State Capitol Museum. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & The Undergound Tasting Room), Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis) and Fog Crest Vineyard (in Sebastopol). There's much more to do: examine the collection at de Young Museum, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planning site.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Washington - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to 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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Mugu Missile Park (in Port Hueneme), Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & St. Mary Magdalen Chapel) and Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Head underground at Salt Cave, get engrossed in the history at Casa del Herrero, and take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Thu).
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