15 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco — 9 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Legion of Honor and Walking tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Tank Garage Winery), Palo Alto (Hoover Tower & Stanford University) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, trek along Lands End, identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

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Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 5 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.
Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Monarch Butterfly Grove and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo), Camarillo (Camarillo Premium Outlets & Cantara Cellars) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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