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: Washington DC
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
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:  9 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Cruz (Neary Lagoon Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, &more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey road trip tool .

Washington DC to Monterey is an approximately 10-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Monterey to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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 Morro Bay's surroundings by going to Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach) and San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal, Piedras Blancas, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Monterey to Morro Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Morro Bay, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Avila Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
On the 21st (Sun), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Morro Bay in June, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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