15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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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.
Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Legion of Honor. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Benessere Vineyards), Stanford University (in Palo Alto) and Frog's Leap Winery (in Rutherford). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, and explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum.

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Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 21st (Sat).
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Olivos (Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, Carhartt Family Wines, &more), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, and walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

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Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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