22 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

22 days in San Francisco & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco

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 Alcatraz Island and de Young Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Charles M. Schulz Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Calistoga (Sterling Vineyards, Schramsberg Vineyards, &more), Sonoma (Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, &more) and St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, VGS Chateau Potelle, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

Glasgow, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara

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.
Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (in Camarillo) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, take an exotic tour of Santa Barbara Safaris, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

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