22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

22 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 8 nights
Drive
2
Morro Bay
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Monterey
— 6 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Santa Barbara — 8 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Arroyo Burro County Beach Park and Carpinteria State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Solvang (Old Mission Santa Ines & Elverhoj Museum). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and cast your line with Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Santa Barbara is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Santa Barbara is minus 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Morro Bay — 6 nights

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Kids will enjoy Moonstone Beach and Morro Strand State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Blancas and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Morro Bay State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, brush up on your military savvy at Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, and catch all the local highlights with BoltAbout.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Morro Bay can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches
Side Trips

Monterey — 6 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 some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Bautista and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and West Cliff Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Wharf & Natural Bridges State Beach). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, and stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online road trip planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Morro Bay, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips