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.
Get some cultural insight at Crocker Art Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Sacramento. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Unti Vineyards (in Healdsburg) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &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 Old Mission Santa Barbara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos), Camarillo (Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum & Camarillo Premium Outlets) and Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Guerra, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, and explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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