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: Edmonton
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Cambria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monterey
— 6 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  9 h
End: Edmonton

3
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.
Santa Barbara is known for historic sites, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara Harbor, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

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Edmonton, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Santa Barbara is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Edmonton in May, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

5
nights
Cambria

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). Venture out of the city with trips to Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos), Avila Beach (Point San Luis Lighthouse, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, &more) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Wharf, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, &more) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monterey travel route website .

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Monterey hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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