22 days in San Diego, Santa Barbara & San Francisco Itinerary

22 days in San Diego, Santa Barbara & San Francisco Itinerary

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22 days in San Diego, Santa Barbara & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Dublin

7
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary builder app .

Dublin, Ireland to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Dublin to San Diego, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, San Diego is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard) and Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo). Dedicate the 17th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, Head underground at Salt Cave, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oxnard Beach Park, Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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