11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Bus to Los Angeles, Fly to New York City

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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, approximately Moss Landing away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Monterey when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cambria

— 2 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cambria travel route planner.

Drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: highs in Cambria hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 2 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, then do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then take an in-depth tour of Heritage House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards and then learn the secrets of beer at 246 Wine & Brew Tours.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Maria tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Cambria to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Maria, with highs around 78°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites