19 days in California's Central Coast & New Hampshire Itinerary

19 days in California's Central Coast & New Hampshire Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Conway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lincoln
— 4 nights
Drive

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Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass. We've included these beaches for you: Thousand Steps Beach and Carpinteria State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria), Eldwaylen Ocean Park (in Pismo Beach) and Jalama Beach (in Lompoc). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Beach, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room, see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, and join in the after-dark buzz at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Boston to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in August, with highs in Santa Barbara at 76°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 27th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Relax by the water at Manresa State Beach and Rio Del Mar State Beach. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Breakwater. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to To Honor Surfing Monument in Santa Cruz--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online attractions planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are much colder, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Portsmouth

— 2 nights
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hampton Beach State Park and North Hampton State Beach. Get outdoors at North Beach and Winant Park Hiking Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portsmouth: Kimball-Jenkins Estate (in Concord) and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (in Loudon). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of St. John's Episcopal Church, steep yourself in history at Rundlet-May House, pause for some photo ops at African Burying Ground, and take an in-depth tour of Strawbery Banke Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Portsmouth takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterey to Portsmouth is 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Conway

— 3 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Get outdoors at Kancamagus Highway and White Mountain National Forest. Explore North Conway's surroundings by going to Mt. Washington Auto Road (in Gorham) and Allen Albee Beach (in Wolfeboro). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at The Little White Church, stop by Naked Bohemian, stroll through Rocky Gorge, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedral Ledge.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the North Conway tour website.

You can drive from Portsmouth to North Conway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in North Conway can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 4 nights
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Escape the urban bustle at Flume Gorge and Franconia Notch State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lincoln: Hermit Woods Winery (in Meredith), Holderness (Squam Lakes Natural Science Center & West Rattlesnake Mountain) and Beaver Brook Falls Natural Area (in Colebrook). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge, walk around Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, enjoy the sand and surf at Echo Lake Beach, and make a trip to Ice Castles.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln day trip app.

Drive from North Conway to Lincoln in 1.5 hours. Traveling from North Conway in September, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Lincoln. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Hampshire travel guide

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Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Ski Areas
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.