15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Santa Barbara
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San Francisco — 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and VJB Cellars. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Dry Creek Vineyard. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: CAST Wines (in Geyserville), Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Harbor. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks), Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove) and The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, have fun at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry, explore the world behind art at Carriage & Western Art Museum, and learn about winemaking at Au Bon Climat Tasting Room.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara vacation planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. You will leave for home on the 20th (Thu).
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