19 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

19 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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19 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  19​h
1
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lompoc
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Pinnacles National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, stroll through Dennis the Menace Park, and examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monterey is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in October; daily highs in Monterey reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mission San Juan Bautista, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pinnacles National Park
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Coast Guard Pier ©
Coast Guard Pier

5
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Tobin James Cellars. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon), Cambria (artifacts gallery & Moonstone Beach Dr) and Paso Robles (Eberle Winery, JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and browse the eclectic array of goods at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Avila Beach, Cambria, Jack Creek Celllars, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Ines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lompoc: Santa Ynez (Santa Ynez Valley & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery), Solvang (Vin Hus, Toccata Tasting Room, & more) and Fess Parker (in Los Olivos). There's still lots to do: admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hans Christian Andersen Park, and kick back and relax at Jalama Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lompoc trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Lompoc in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in October: highs in Lompoc hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Ynez, Fess Parker
Highlights from your plan
Santa Ynez Valley ©
Santa Ynez Valley
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Barbara Harbor and Cold Spring Tavern. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Shoreline Park, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and admire the natural beauty at Lotusland.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Lompoc to Santa Barbara takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shoreline Park ©
Shoreline Park
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor
Beer Tastings & Tours

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