10 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

10 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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10 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Mumbai

1
night
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 15th (Mon), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Santa Barbara is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in April; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 20th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

Plan my day in Monterey using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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