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: Orlando
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Avila Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  43​h
End: Orlando

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach online route planner .

Orlando to Avila Beach is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in July, with highs in Avila Beach at 80°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

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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 5th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Avila Beach to San Simeon in an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in July, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 7th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monterey journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

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You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo