12 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

12 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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12 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Omaha

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Mission San Juan Bautista and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. You'll get in some beach time at Natural Bridges State Beach and Breakwater. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey holiday planner .

Omaha to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Omaha to Monterey due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Omaha in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Natural Bridges State Beach, Pinnacles National Park, Mission San Juan Bautista, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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4
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. We've included these beaches for you: Piedras Blancas and Morro Strand State Beach. Explore Morro Bay's surroundings by going to Tobin James Cellars (in Paso Robles) and Piedras Blancas Light Station (in Cambria). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, look for all kinds of wild species at Morro Bay National Estuary, and stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Montana de Oro State Park, Tobin James Cellars, Speed Boats Tours
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Popular historic sites such as La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Ines are in your itinerary. Visit Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, and do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online road trip planner .

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, La Purisima State Historical Park, Old Mission Santa Ines
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Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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