11 days in Napa Valley & California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in Napa Valley & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Fly
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Napa
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Napa

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, &more) and St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, &more). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Napa trip itinerary app.

Chicago to Napa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in September since evenings lows in Napa dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Getting from Napa to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Cambria

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 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, admire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in September, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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