15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Barbara Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
King City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take a stroll through Haight-Ashbury, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then stroll through Stinson Beach, and finally pick up some local products at Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery and then hike along 1.5-mile Coastal Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael, Stinson Beach
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Haight-Ashbury ©
Haight-Ashbury
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, do a tasting at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, then browse the fresh offerings at Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market, and finally hike along Coyote Creek Parkway Path.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saratoga, Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market, Berry Creek Falls
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Montalvo Arts Center ©
Montalvo Arts Center
Room Escape Games
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ©
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Pezzini Farms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and finally savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online trip maker .

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in August, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pezzini Farms, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, and finally look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then trek along Partington Cove.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to King City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Joullian Vineyards & Winery
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Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
King City

King City ©
King City is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Bear Gulch Caves. Discover out-of-the-way places like Limekiln State Park and Eberle Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near King City: Paso Robles (Pasolivo Olive Oil & Calcareous Vineyard) and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach (in San Simeon).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the King City trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Carmel to King City in 1.5 hours. August in King City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in King City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Limekiln State Park, Bear Gulch Caves, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Calcareous Vineyard ©
Calcareous Vineyard

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Bring the kids along to East Beach and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. For shopping fun, head to Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market or Chocolate Maya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Oxnard (Silver Strand Beach & Oxnard Beach Park). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip app .

Traveling by car from King City to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. August in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oxnard, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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Silver Strand Beach ©
Silver Strand Beach
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
East Beach ©
East Beach

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