15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to California State Railroad Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Do some cultural sightseeing at Crocker Art Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to The Undergound Tasting Room (in Sacramento), Santa Rosa (Hanna Winery & Charles M. Schulz Museum) and Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Stephen & Walker Winery). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in San Francisco at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monarch Butterfly Grove and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park (in Pismo Beach), Wildwood Regional Park (in Thousand Oaks) and Chamisal Vineyards (in San Luis Obispo). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, do a tasting at Herzog Wine Cellars, and learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Fri).
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