15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
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San Francisco — 9 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 Crocker Art Museum and California State Railroad Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walt Disney Family Museum and Dry Creek Vineyard. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & Old Sacramento Waterfront), Healdsburg (A. Rafanelli Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery) and Robert Biale Vineyards (in Napa). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions app.

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 changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 46°F. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos), Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove) and Camarillo (Camarillo Premium Outlets & Institution Ale Company). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, and do a tasting at Summerland Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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