22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast itinerary planner

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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Paso Robles
— 6 nights
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park (in Aptos) and Santa Cruz (Wilder Ranch State Park, West Cliff Drive, &more). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and sample some tasty brews at Monterey Bay Food Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Monterey. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Monterey at 64°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 6 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Morro Bay (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Morro Rock), Cambria (Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, Greenspace Creekside Reserve, &more) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and explore and take pictures at Highway 1 Discovery Route.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in April, expect nights in Paso Robles to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & 246 Wine & Brew Tours), Chamisal Vineyards (in San Luis Obispo) and Talley Vineyards (in Arroyo Grande). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, and enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Maria, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carhartt Family Wines (in Los Olivos) and Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara vacation builder app.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips