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: Edmonton
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Natural Bridges State Beach and Del Monte Beach. Get in touch with nature at 17-Mile Drive and Breakwater. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, and pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

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Edmonton, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Monterey, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in November, expect Monterey to be much hotter, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Avila Valley Barn, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and then hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, get engrossed in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop, then admire all the interesting features of Bishop Peak, and finally explore and take pictures at California Polytechnic University.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Luis Obispo journey planner .

Drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in November, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Bishop Peak ©
Bishop Peak
Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum ©
Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at State Street and Cold Spring Tavern. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market and Italian Pottery Outlet. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, explore the wide array of goods at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, and identify plant and animal life at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara vacation maker site .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

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