16 days in San Francisco, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  14​h
End: Dusseldorf

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, catch a ride on Cable Cars, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara custom trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Downtown Disney in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in April; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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