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 California State Railroad Museum and Asian Art Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Graton Gallery (in Graton), Trinchero Napa Valley (in St. Helena) and Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Clos Pegase Winery). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online route 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, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 51°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 14th (Sat).
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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 Point Mugu Missile Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Ancient Peaks Winery (in Santa Margarita) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, go for a walk through Santa Barbara Harbor, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and kick back and relax at Pismo State Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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