14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

14 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary maker

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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at State Street Underpass and Douglas Family Preserve. Relax by the water at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Oxnard Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Solvang (Vinhus, Shoestring Winery, &more) and Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get a taste of local nightlife at Grassini Family Vineyards, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online visit planner.

Charlotte to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Charlotte - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Avila Main Beach, stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking 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.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Maria online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Maria can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors · Wineries · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Cambria

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). Get outdoors at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Hearst Castle and The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Cambria in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Breakwater and Manresa State Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at 17-Mile Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: To Honor Surfing Monument (in Santa Cruz) and Rio Del Mar State Beach (in Aptos). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and pick up some new knowledge with Monterey History & Arts Association : Salvador Dali.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey route builder app.

You can drive from Cambria to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in June, you will find days in Monterey are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips