24 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

24 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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24 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Fly:  27​h
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Luis Obispo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Groningen

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, & more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stroll through Dennis the Menace Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterey itinerary planner.

Groningen, The Netherlands to Monterey is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Groningen in September: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Santa Maria (Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, experience rural life at Avila Valley Barn, take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wineries

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Santa Maria
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

9
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.
Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Oxnard (The Collection at Riverpark & Oxnard Beach Park). Dedicate the 16th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shoreline Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Oxnard
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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