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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dry Creek Vineyard and Golden Gate Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Highway 12 Winery Tasting Room (in Sonoma), Healdsburg (Stephen & Walker Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Santa Rosa (Hanna Winery & Charles M. Schulz Museum). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, take in the views from San Francisco Bay Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online attractions planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco. Traveling from Washington in February, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Monarch Butterfly Grove and Casa del Herrero. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Fillmore Historical Museum (in Fillmore), Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park (in Pismo Beach) and Saucelito Canyon (in San Luis Obispo). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, do a tasting at Kunin Wines Tasting Room, and contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off to home.
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