15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Trinchero Napa Valley (in St. Helena), Clos Pegase Winery (in Calistoga) and Graton Gallery (in Graton). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the galleries of California State Capitol Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planner.

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 moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. On the 14th (Sat), 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Zoo. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Ancient Peaks Winery (in Santa Margarita), Point Mugu Missile Park (in Port Hueneme) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Pismo State Beach, and go for a walk through Santa Barbara Harbor.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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