18 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

18 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 5 nights
Fly

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Santa Barbara — 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Mission Santa Ines and Old Mission Santa Barbara are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to State Street Underpass or Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Wildling Museum of Art and Nature (in Solvang), Human Arts Gallery (in Ojai) and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (in Lompoc). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara itinerary maker website.

Tampa to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Santa Barbara is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampa in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries
Side Trips

Paso Robles — 7 nights

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
For shopping fun, head to Harmony Glassworks or Steynberg Gallery. Let the collections at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden and Fiona Bleu Gallery capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Moonstone Beach (in Cambria), Morro Bay State Park (in Morro Bay) and San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop & Hearst Castle). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, admire the landmark architecture of Brecon Estate, and do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
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Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Tours
Side Trips

Monterey — 5 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Popular historic sites such as Mission San Juan Bautista and Cannery Row are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and San Carlos Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to San Juan Bautista State Historic Park in San Juan Bautista (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in June, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips