14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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14 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Dedicate the 3rd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara route builder tool .

Edmonton, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 7th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and then take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then stop by Alapay Cellars, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Pismo Beach planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Rock, Bubblegum Alley
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
San Simeon

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.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, wildlife, beaches, nature, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to San Simeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 13th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Monterey online sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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