15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by Chocolate Maya, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Barbara is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Barbara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Santa Maria

— 2 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery and then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Maria trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. September in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cambria

— 3 nights
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). Change things up with a short trip to Hearst Castle in San Simeon (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, stroll through Moonstone Beach, don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, and hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cambria road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Cambria takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in September: highs in Cambria hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista) and Santa Cruz (Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, &more). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip app.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips