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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lafayette

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pinnacles National Park will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Dennis the Menace Park. There's more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary maker .

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, expect Monterey to be much colder, temps between 69°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pinnacles National Park
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Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Piedras Blancas. Step out of the city life by going to Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. Take a break from Morro Bay with a short trip to Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach, and take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Morro Bay trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Cambria, San Simeon, Montana de Oro State Park, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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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.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, stroll through Hans Christian Andersen Park, then take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, and finally shop like a local with State Street Underpass. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

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Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Morro Bay in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Hans Christian Andersen Park, La Purisima State Historical Park
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

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