15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Barbara Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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King City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, wander the streets of Haight-Ashbury, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, then kick back and relax at 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): view the masterpieces at Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery.

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Mexico City, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 3rd (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, then pick up some local products at Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market, and finally trek along Coyote Creek Parkway Path.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stop by Pezzini Farms, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterey day trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Monterey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then trek along Partington Cove.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip site.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to King City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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King City

King City is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Pasolivo Olive Oil. Get in touch with nature at Limekiln State Park and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around King City: Paso Robles (Eberle Winery & Calcareous Vineyard) and Bear Gulch Caves (in Paicines).

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our King City holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to King City takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in King City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in King City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and East Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Oxnard (Silver Strand Beach & Oxnard Beach Park). There's still lots to do: stop by Chocolate Maya, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and have fun at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour website.

You can drive from King City to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. In August in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips