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

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

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

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
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. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time 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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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pismo Beach planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get in on the excitement at Shamel Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

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Getting from Pismo Beach to San Simeon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°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 Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Sat).

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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