13 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

13 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast tour planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to San Luis County Regional Airport, Drive to Avila Beach
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Avila Beach road trip planner.

Newark to Avila Beach is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get little chillier in Avila Beach: highs are around 80°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lompoc.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Lompoc

Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Jalama Beach, then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Winery, and finally do a tasting at Beckmen Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Surf Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lompoc trip tool.

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Lompoc takes an hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Avila Beach in July: highs in Lompoc hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thousand Steps Beach and Butterfly Beach. Get outdoors at State Street Underpass and Carpinteria State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, cozy up to a beverage at Grassini Family Vineyards, and contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online trip planner.

You can drive from Lompoc to Santa Barbara in an hour. July in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

3
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San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
We've included these beaches for you: Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Visiting Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Stolo Vineyards & Winery, hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

Make your San Simeon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive