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: Austin
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Pismo Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monterey
— 8 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h
End: Austin

9
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.
Get outdoors at State Street and Santa Barbara Zoo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oxnard Beach Park and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Oxnard (Silver Strand Beach & Herzog Wine Cellars). Dedicate the 26th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shoreline Park, and do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour app .

Austin to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Austin to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Austin in August, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be little chillier, around 60°F, while days are much colder, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oxnard
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

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. Escape the urban bustle at Monarch Butterfly Grove and Cerro San Luis. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, & more). The adventure continues: take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, look for gifts at Sextant Wines, take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, and stroll through Dinosaur Caves Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pismo Beach journey planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

8
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Natural Bridges State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach and Breakwater. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Santa Cruz (Twin Lakes State Beach & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cannery Row, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Getting from Pismo Beach to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Pismo Beach in September, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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