25 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

25 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast holiday planner

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Route & dates

1
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
2
Carmel Valley
— 3 nights
3
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
4
Santa Maria
— 4 nights
5
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights

3
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Colton Hall Museum. Let the collections at Venture Gallery and Monterey County Youth Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Monterey (Cannery Row Antique Mall, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Del Mar State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz holiday planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santa Cruz is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Aptos
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room ©
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

3
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Joullian Vineyards & Winery and Moto Talbott. Explore Carmel Valley's surroundings by going to Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister), Soledad (Wrath Winery & Hahn Estate Winery) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel Valley tour planning website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Cruz in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel Valley: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Soledad, Eden Rift Vineyards, Mission San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Cima Collina ©
Cima Collina
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hearst Castle and Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden. You'll explore and learn at Studios on the Park and Woodland Auto Display. Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay), Cambria (Amphora Gallery, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, &more) and San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association (in San Luis Obispo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Estrella Warbird Air Museum and do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paso Robles driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Carmel Valley to Paso Robles in 2 hours. When traveling from Carmel Valley in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cambria, Templeton, San Simeon, San Miguel, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Anglim Winery ©
Anglim Winery

4
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rancho Sisquoc Winery and Sanford Winery & Vineyards. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage House Museum and Elverhoj Museum. Explore Santa Maria's surroundings by going to Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, Jalama Beach, &more), Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Los Olivos (Barbieri Wines, The Sanger Family of Wines, &more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Maria day trip planning site.

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, you will find days in Santa Maria are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Lompoc, Solvang, Heritage House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Sanford Winery & Vineyards ©
Sanford Winery & Vineyards

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate State Street Underpass and Casa del Herrero. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Paula (Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum, California Oil Museum, &more), Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Port Hueneme (Point Mugu Missile Park & U.S. Navy Seabee Museum). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In September in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Paula, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Sunstone Winery, Mullin Automotive Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Sunstone Winery ©
Sunstone Winery

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