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

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 Bethania Lutheran Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez), La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc) 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, get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

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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Monterey

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

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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 Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, San Diego is a bit warmer than Monterey - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums