11 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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11 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly + 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
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Luxembourg City

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 15th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Monterey is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Luxembourg City to Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

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Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Avila Beach trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Avila Beach are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks
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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. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and learn about all things military at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour app .

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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