11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast route planner

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— 3 nights
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights



Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, approximately Santa Cruz away. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey driving holiday planner.

Newark to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, stop by Lucia Apothecary, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then stop by Artifacts Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much hotter, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Santa Barbara is known for wineries, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online route 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 cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo