11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Luxembourg City
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  16 h 45 min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Luxembourg City

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Monterey is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Luxembourg City to Monterey is minus 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

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

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 40°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Avila Beach takes an hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Avila Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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.
Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip planning app.

Getting from Avila Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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

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