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
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
San Luis Obispo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manresa State Beach, take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and learn about winemaking at Beauregard Vineyard.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz visit planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Cruz is an approximately 14.5-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 to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Monterey, Manresa State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard) and Jalama Beach (in Lompoc). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara holiday maker tool .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Oxnard Beach Park, Jalama Beach, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

4
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Luis Obispo: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Elephant Seal Rookery, & more), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and Cambria (Cambria Nursery and Florist, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, hike along Point Buchon Trail, identify plant and animal life at Morro Bay National Estuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Hill Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Luis Obispo using our trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in San Luis Obispo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Los Osos
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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