18 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

18 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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18 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ponderosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

6
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez), Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (in Ojai) and Beckmen Vineyards (in Los Olivos). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planning site .

London, UK to Santa Barbara is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Ponderosa.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Beckmen Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

1
night
Ponderosa

Ponderosa
On the 8th (Sat), stroll through Trail of 100 Giants.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ponderosa trip planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Ponderosa by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Ponderosa to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Ponderosa

Trails Parks Outdoors

4
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Eldwaylen Ocean Park (in Pismo Beach), Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Avila Beach (Speed Boats Tours, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, & more). The adventure continues: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria day trip planning app .

You can drive from Ponderosa to Cambria in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ponderosa in August since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Avila Beach, San Simeon, Morro Rock, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Manresa State Beach (in Aptos), Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and make a trip to Cannery Row.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Cambria, expect colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, Manresa State Beach, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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