15 days in Santa Barbara, Monterey & San Diego Itinerary

15 days in Santa Barbara, Monterey & San Diego Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

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.
Get in touch with nature at State Street Underpass and Zuma Beach. Popular historic sites such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and La Purisima State Historical Park are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez), Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Rusack Vineyards) and Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, stop by The Sacred Space, take in the exciting artwork at Human Arts Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning app.

Saint John, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Saint John to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Saint John in June, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Sacred Space
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Beach
Zuma Beach
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and 17-Mile Drive. Get some historical perspective at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Mission San Juan Bautista. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon), Big Sur (Point Sur State Historic Park & Hawthorne Gallery) and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, stop by The Cheese Shop, steep yourself in history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. June in Monterey sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get some historical perspective at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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USS Midway Museum
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La Jolla Cove
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