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: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 8 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Carpinteria State Beach and Cabrillo Bike Path. Visit La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Barbara for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez), Fess Parker (in Los Olivos) and Solvang (Old Mission Santa Ines, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip tool .

Philadelphia to Santa Barbara is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, you will find days in Santa Barbara are much hotter (67°F), and nights are a bit warmer (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Fess Parker, La Purisima State Historical Park, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

7
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tobin James Cellars and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Morro Bay State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery, Piedras Blancas, & more), Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos) and Museum of Natural History (in Morro Bay). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, and take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from Santa Barbara in February, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Eberle Winery ©
Eberle Winery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Speed Boats Tours

8
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Pinnacles National Park and Mission San Juan Bautista. Popular historic sites such as Cannery Row and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad (in Soledad). Spend the 18th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Venture Gallery, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in February since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

San Juan Bautista, Natural Bridges State Beach, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moto Talbott, Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park

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