12 days in California's Central Coast, Las Vegas & Miami Itinerary

12 days in California's Central Coast, Las Vegas & Miami Itinerary

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12 days in California's Central Coast, Las Vegas & Miami Itinerary

Start: Knock
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Miami
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Knock

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

Before you visit Santa Barbara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Knock, Ireland to Santa Barbara is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Knock to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Knock in October, you will find days in Santa Barbara are warmer (29°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have fun at Las Vegas Shooting Center, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker site .

You can fly from Monterey to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 6th (Wed), examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then kick back and relax at South Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then tour the water at your own pace with Mark the Shark, and then enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Miami in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Miami is 3 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, you will find days in Miami are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Miami Beach
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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