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: Nottingham
+5
Train + Foot + Subway + Train + Fly + Shuttle:  17 h 30 min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Subway + Foot + Train:  16 h 45 min
End: Nottingham

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step out of Monterey to go to Carmel Valley and see Joullian Vineyards & Winery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Nottingham, UK to Monterey is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Nottingham to Monterey, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in March, things will get a bit warmer in Monterey: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Cambria (Cambria Nursery & Florist & Fiscalini Ranch Preserve), San Simeon (Hearst Castle & Elephant Seal Rookery) and Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Villa Creek Cellars, and experience rural life at Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paso Robles trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Montana de Oro State Park
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings

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nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines), Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Hans Christian Andersen Park) and Heritage House Museum (in Arroyo Grande). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, browse the collection at Santa Maria Library, enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, and do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Santa Maria are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Solvang, Lompoc, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Heritage House Museum
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. March in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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