14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Morro Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Atlanta

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Solvang (Elverhoj Museum, Rusack Vineyards, &more) and Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip planning website.

Atlanta to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 71°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Wine Tours & Tastings
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

5
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Morro Bay side-trips: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Ragged Point Overlook, &more), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Piedras Blancas Light Station (in Cambria). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, SLO Sweets San Luis Obispo, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Wharf, West Cliff Drive, &more). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip website.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in May, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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