14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
When in Santa Barbara, make a side trip to see Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, approximately Santa Ynez away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass.

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

San Francisco to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos), Paso Robles (Derby Wine Estates & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Avila Beach (Speed Boats Tours & Point San Luis Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Tap It Brewing Company, and explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Santa Maria are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cambria

— 3 nights
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). Go for a jaunt from Cambria to San Simeon to see Hearst Castle about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, stroll through Piedras Blancas, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cambria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Cambria takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in August, you will find days in Cambria are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
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, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary builder site.

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are colder, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip