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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and California State Railroad Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walt Disney Family Museum and Musee Mecanique. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California Museum), Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve (in Santa Rosa) and Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Muscardini Cellars). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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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. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Carrizo Plain National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard) and Conejo Valley Botanic Garden (in Thousand Oaks). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, don't miss a visit to Casa del Herrero, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to home.
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