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: Lafayette
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lafayette

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Thu), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning website .

Lafayette to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Monterey is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Lafayette in July, things will get colder in Monterey: highs are around 69°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Presqu'ile Winery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Santa Maria are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Presqu'ile Winery ©
Presqu'ile Winery

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. Step out of the city life by going to State Street Underpass and Carpinteria State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Sanford Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc). Dedicate the 18th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach and learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Carpinteria State Beach, Rusack Vineyards, Sanford Winery & Vineyards
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

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