15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Morro Bay
— 5 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Barbara Safaris and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at East Beach and Butterfly Beach. Take a break from Santa Barbara with a short trip to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve in Carpinteria, about 30 minutes away. Dedicate the 9th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, and pick up some new knowledge with Santa Barbara Art Glass.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Barbara is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in Santa Barbara at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay

— 5 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Visit Piedras Blancas and Morro Strand State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Stepladder Ranch & Creamery and Speed Boats Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Morro Bay side-trips: Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop (in San Simeon), Bluff Trail (in Cambria) and Rutiz Family Farms (in Arroyo Grande). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Avila Main Beach, hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and stroll around Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Morro Bay can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Breakwater and Seabright State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at 17-Mile Drive and Moss Landing State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Harbor Beach & Bookshop Santa Cruz). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Salinas River State Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monterey travel planner.

Drive from Morro Bay to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips