22 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

22 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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22 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  21​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 6 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  19​h
End: Tel Aviv

6
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Park & Rusack Vineyards) and Santa Ynez (Santa Ynez Valley & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery). Dedicate the 9th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Santa Barbara is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Tel Aviv - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Solvang
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

4
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pismo Beach: Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Santa Maria (Foxen Vineyard & Winery & Rancho Sisquoc Winery). There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, admire all the interesting features of Avila Valley Barn, and look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Montana de Oro State Park, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Wine Tours & Tastings
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, wildlife, beaches, nature, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, stroll through Piedras Blancas, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip maker .

Getting from Pismo Beach to San Simeon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Pismo Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Wharf & West Cliff Drive). Spend the 24th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip builder tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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