15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Huntsville

5
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 these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Santa Ynez (Sunstone Vineyards & Winery & Santa Ynez Valley). Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lotusland.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel website .

Huntsville to Santa Barbara is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Huntsville to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. In June, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Huntsville - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Rusack Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, then explore the stunning scenery at Cuesta Canyon County Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Rock, Cuesta Canyon County Park
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, wildlife, beaches, nature, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Simeon trip simple and quick.

Drive from Pismo Beach to San Simeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Pismo Beach in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 4th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey holiday builder app .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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