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: Vancouver
Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Santa Cruz to see Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monterey tour itinerary tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then trek along Cerro San Luis, and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach trip planning website .

Getting from Monterey to Pismo Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

4
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 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take a stroll through State Street.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors
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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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