15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Washington

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and VJB Cellars. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of Wonder and Delight (in Folsom), Mayo Reserve Room (in Kenwood) and Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & California State Capitol Museum). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, and stroll around Presidio of San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Washington in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa), Point Mugu Missile Park (in Port Hueneme) and The Gardens of the World (in Thousand Oaks). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Fri).
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