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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Alcatraz Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Crocker Art Museum and San Francisco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Governor's Mansion (in Sacramento), Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards, VJB Cellars, &more) and Jensen Botanical Garden (in Carmichael). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

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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 somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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 County Courthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Serra Cross Park (in Ventura), Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier) and Strathearn Historical Park & Museum (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by Chocolate Maya, learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will leave for home on the 7th (Wed).
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