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: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Mission San Juan Bautista. Visit Natural Bridges State Beach and Breakwater for some beach relaxation. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: stroll through Dennis the Menace Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip site .

Toronto, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Toronto in June, with highs in Monterey at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pinnacles National Park, Mission San Juan Bautista
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Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

4
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. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Piedras Blancas will get you outdoors. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Piedras Blancas Light Station will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Morro Bay: Paso Robles (Tobin James Cellars & J Dusi Winery), Laetitia Vineyard and Winery (in Arroyo Grande) and Hearst Ranch Winery (in San Simeon). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Morro Bay visit planner.

Drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Morro Bay are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Paso Robles, Laetitia Vineyard and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Speed Boats Tours
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Ines. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carpinteria State Beach and Cold Spring Tavern. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Santa Ynez (Wine Tours & Tastings & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, admire the natural beauty at Lotusland, make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip planning app .

Drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Morro Bay in July: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Carpinteria State Beach, Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

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