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: Manchester
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  15​h
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lompoc
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 1st (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip tool .

Manchester, UK to Monterey is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in Monterey at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

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

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, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Avila Beach trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Avila Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

3
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Vin Hus), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stroll through Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lompoc route maker website .

You can drive from Avila Beach to Lompoc in an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in October, expect nights in Lompoc to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Maria, Pismo Pier, Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Sanford Winery & Vineyards ©
Sanford Winery & Vineyards

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.
Dedicate the 10th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool .

Getting from Lompoc to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. In October in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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