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: Manila, Luzon
Fly + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Human Arts Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Head to State Street Underpass and Wildling Museum of Art and Naturefor plenty of shopping. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Mullin Automotive Museum (in Oxnard), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Ojai (Bart's Books & Casa Barranca Organic Wine Tasting Room). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and admire the masterpieces at Santa Paula Art Museum.

Start your trip to Santa Barbara by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Manila, Philippines to Santa Barbara is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Manila to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Santa Barbara to be colder, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ojai, Santa Paula, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Mullin Automotive Museum, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Alapay Cellars, then take an in-depth tour of Heritage House Museum, then do a tasting at Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, and finally do a tasting at Sanford Winery & Vineyards.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Maria tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. December in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lompoc, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, Rusack Vineyards, Alapay Cellars, Heritage House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

4
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Do your shopping at Studios on the Park and San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fiona Bleu Gallery and Amphora Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Greenspace Creekside Reserve), Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (in San Luis Obispo) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Still Waters Vineyards and explore the world behind art at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cambria, San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle, Veris Cellars, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Studios on the Park ©
Studios on the Park
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Cannery Row Antique Mall, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, examine the collection at Moto Talbott, then do a tasting at Cima Collina, and finally do a tasting at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey route planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Paso Robles in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Wineries Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room
Moto Talbott ©
Moto Talbott

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