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: Redwood National Park
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Redwood National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Carpinteria State Beach and Cold Spring Tavern. Get outdoors at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park and Butterfly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Santa Ynez (Wine Tours & Tastings & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery) and Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura). There's lots more to do: trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, and identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara route builder app .

Redwood National Park to Santa Barbara is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Carpinteria, Butterfly Beach, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

5
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Montana de Oro State Park. Get outdoors at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Morro Bay National Estuary. Explore San Luis Obispo's surroundings by going to Cambria (Moonstone Cellars & Moonstone Beach Dr), Paso Robles (Castoro Cellars, Eberle Winery, & more) and San Simeon (Piedras Blancas, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Morro Strand State Beach, do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paso Robles, San Simeon, Cambria, Morro Bay, Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Speed Boats Tours
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pinnacles National Park. Get in touch with nature at Natural Bridges State Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Moss Landing to see Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in July: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pinnacles National Park, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park

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