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.
Get some cultural insight at Crocker Art Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and California State Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Unti Vineyards (in Healdsburg), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, &more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (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 a sense of the local culture at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets), Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier) and Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip app.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to home.
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