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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and California State Railroad Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Crocker Art Museum and San Francisco Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis), Sacramento (Old Sacramento, The Undergound Tasting Room, &more) and Stanford University (in Palo Alto). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online visit planner.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Harbor. Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach), Point San Luis Lighthouse (in Avila Beach) and Camarillo (Sterling Hills Golf Club & Cantara Cellars). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, get engrossed in the history at Casa del Herrero, Head underground at Salt Cave, and brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).
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