Route & dates
30 days in San Francisco, San Diego & Santa Barbara Itinerary
Start: Buenos Aires
Fly: 19h 15min
San Francisco— 10 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
San Diego— 11 nights
Drive: 3h 45min
Santa Barbara— 6 nights
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly: 19h 45min
End: Buenos Aires
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Castello di Amorosa. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sebastopol Center For the Arts (in Sebastopol), Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.
Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to San Francisco, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.
Things to do in San Francisco
Sacramento, Muir Woods National Monument, Limantour Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
America's Finest City
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.You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Jolla Shores Park and Mission Beach Park. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas) and Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder .
You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
Things to do in San Diego
Laguna Beach, Coronado Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, South Carlsbad State Beach
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.Deepen your sense of the past at sights like State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Shop till you drop at Global Gardens and Chocolate Maya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Wildling Museum (in Solvang), Emma Wood State Beach (in Ventura) and tercero wines (in Los Olivos). Dedicate the 2nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, get lost in a book at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and take a memorable tour with Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises & Whale Watching.
To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner.
Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Santa Barbara
Los Olivos, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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