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: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix to Monterey is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Monterey due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

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Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. On the 1st (Wed), learn about winemaking at Fess Parker, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and finally look for gifts at Vin Hus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards, then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, and finally stroll through Hans Christian Andersen Park.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Lompoc in 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lompoc: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Maria, Los Olivos, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
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Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Sanford Winery & Vineyards ©
Sanford Winery & Vineyards

3
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.
Visit State Street Underpass and Old Mission Santa Barbara for their historical value. Visit Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, and grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel planning app .

Drive from Lompoc to Santa Barbara in an hour. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©

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