14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Morro Bay
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Pinnacles National Park and 17-Mile Drive will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Santa Cruz (Natural Bridges State Beach & West Cliff Drive) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Cannery Row.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip itinerary maker.

Milwaukee to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Milwaukee to Monterey, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in June, expect Monterey to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

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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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Hearst Castle. Family-friendly places like Morro Rock and Piedras Blancas will thrill your kids. When in Morro Bay, make a side trip to see Speed Boats Tours in Avila Beach, approximately Avila Beach away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Margarita Adventures ©
Margarita Adventures
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

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.
Attractions like Cold Spring Tavern and Carpinteria State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Getting from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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