15 days in Los Angeles & California's Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in Los Angeles & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 14th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, shop like a local with State Street Underpass, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then stop by Alapay Cellars, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pismo Beach trip builder app.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Avila Beach
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Speed Boats Tours
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, have fun at Shamel Park, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online route planner.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Pismo Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then identify plant and animal life at Breakwater. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online travel planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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