11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then kick back and relax at Manresa State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey visit 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. Traveling from Newark in June, things will get slightly colder in Monterey: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip maker tool.

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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 1st (Mon): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, and finally do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

Make your Santa Maria itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cambria to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Cambria, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Maria, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Beaches

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.
Visit State Street Underpass and Old Mission Santa Barbara for their historical value. Visiting Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Carpinteria State Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Santa Barbara to go to Santa Ynez and see Sunstone Winery, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips