22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast tour itinerary maker

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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park (in Aptos) and Santa Cruz (Wilder Ranch State Park, West Cliff Drive, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, savor the flavors at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip planning app.

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Monterey due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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.
Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more), Morro Bay (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Morro Rock) and Cambria (Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, Greenspace Creekside Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire all the interesting features of Highway 1 Discovery Route, trek along Valencia Peak Trail, and do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paso Robles trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Maria: Talley Vineyards (in Arroyo Grande), Chamisal Vineyards (in San Luis Obispo) and Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & 246 Wine & Brew Tours). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, race across the water with a speed boat tour, relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm, and enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Maria online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, expect nights in Santa Maria to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Carhartt Family Wines (in Los Olivos) and Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online travel route builder.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. September in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips