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 Crocker Art Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. California State Railroad Museum and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Wellington Cellars (in Glen Ellen), Kenwood (VJB Cellars & B. Wise Vineyards) and Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville). Dedicate the 29th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Dry Creek Vineyard, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, and trek along Lands End.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Pismo Pier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks), Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard) and Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Park, Quicksilver Ranch, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, admire the architecture and history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 44°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Fri).
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