25 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

25 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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25 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Carmel Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cannery Row Antique Mall and Venture Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Colton Hall Museum. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Monterey (Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, 17-Mile Drive, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Pleasure Point Beach and kick back and relax at Rio Del Mar State Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santa Cruz is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room ©

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 Moto Talbott and Georis. Explore Carmel Valley's surroundings by going to Soledad (Wrath Winery & Hahn Estate Winery), Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel Valley tour builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in September, you will find days in Carmel Valley are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Wineries Nature Parks

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.
Studios on the Park and Amphora Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Hearst Castle and Estrella Warbird Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cambria (The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, Moonstone Beach, & more), San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association (in San Luis Obispo) and Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, examine the collection at Woodland Auto Display, and do a tasting at Rio Seco Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel Valley to Paso Robles takes 2 hours. While traveling from Carmel Valley, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Templeton, Cambria, San Simeon, San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage House Museum and Elverhoj Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Foxen Vineyard & Winery and Rancho Sisquoc Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang), Los Olivos (Barbieri Wines, The Sanger Family of Wines, & more) and Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, & more).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria route tool .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Maria, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 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.
Shop till you drop at State Street Underpass and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Human Arts Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Santa Paula (Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum, California Oil Museum, & more), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Port Hueneme (Point Mugu Missile Park & U.S. Navy Seabee Museum). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, browse the exhibits of Casa del Herrero, and do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To plan Santa Barbara vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

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

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