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

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

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Fly
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Napa
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa) and St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary builder website.

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 when traveling from Chicago to Napa is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Napa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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17-Mile Drive ©
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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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). Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cambria road trip website.

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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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 30th (Wed): 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: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then make a trip to El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

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You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks
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