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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey vacation website .

Newark to Monterey is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Monterey is minus 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in June: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip builder site .

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. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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 26th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums 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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