12 days in California's Central Coast & Oregon Coast Itinerary

12 days in California's Central Coast & Oregon Coast Itinerary

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12 days in California's Central Coast & Oregon Coast Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Coos Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Yachats
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lethbridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Lethbridge, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lethbridge to Santa Barbara is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lethbridge in August, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and Breakwater. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monterey road trip app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coos Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Coos Bay

Coos Bay ©
Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. On the 20th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Cape Arago State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Shore Acres State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coos Bay attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monterey to Coos Bay. In August, daytime highs in Coos Bay are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Yachats.

Things to do in Coos Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shore Acres State Park ©
Shore Acres State Park
Cape Arago State Park ©
Cape Arago State Park
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery ©
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

2
nights
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): try for a hole-in-one at Sandland Adventures, have fun at Sand Master Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Churn. On the next day, stroll through Hobbit Trail, then stroll through Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and then take a leisurely stroll along Yachats coastline.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yachats visit planner .

You can drive from Coos Bay to Yachats in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yachats can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yachats

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Florence
Highlights from your plan
Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding ©
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kids will enjoy Haystack Rock and Seaside Candyman. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria (Astoria Column & Fort Stevens State Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seaside Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Cannon Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yachats to Cannon Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yachats in August, you will find days in Cannon Beach are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Seaside
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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