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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
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Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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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.
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London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, you will find days in Los Angeles are much warmer (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Staples Center ©
Staples Center

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and Bethania Lutheran Church. Visit Oxnard Beach Park and Carpinteria State Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Santa Barbara to Los Olivos to see Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in January, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Oxnard Beach Park, Bethania Lutheran Church
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Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Pescadero State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Poplar Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Pescadero State Beach in Half Moon Bay, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip maker .

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio State Beach, Castello di Amorosa
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Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach

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