26 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

26 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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26 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lompoc
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Paula
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: London

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moto Talbott and Pacific House Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Cannery Row and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Santa Cruz (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center & Santa Cruz Surfing Museum). Spend the 7th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, examine the collection at Monterey County Youth Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Moto Talbott
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

5
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Rock. Appreciate the collections at Estrella Warbird Air Museum and Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Luis Obispo: Paso Robles (Studios on the Park & Woodland Auto Display), Cambria (Greenspace Creekside Reserve, Cambria Cemetery, & more) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's much more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get engrossed in the history at Heritage House Museum, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History, and take some stellar pictures from Anchor Memorial Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Paso Robles, San Simeon, Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Speed Boats Tours
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

5
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House and Artesia School Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rusack Vineyards and Foxen Vineyard & Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Lompoc side-trips: Santa Maria (Santa Maria Museum of Flight, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, & more) and Solvang (Toccata Tasting Room, Solvang Antiques, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surf Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lompoc trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Lompoc in 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in October, you will find days in Lompoc are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House
Highlights from your plan

6
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 some historical perspective at Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass. You'll explore and learn at Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Dedicate the 24th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and engage your brain at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lompoc to Santa Barbara takes an hour. In October in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Paula.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Tours Parks
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

2
nights
Santa Paula

Santa Paula ©
Santa Paula is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, examine the collection at Mullin Automotive Museum, then learn about all things military at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Point Mugu Missile Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at California Oil Museum, admire the masterpieces at Santa Paula Art Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Floating Granite Ball.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Paula online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Paula takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Paula

Museums

Side Trips

Port Hueneme, Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, Mullin Automotive Museum
Highlights from your plan
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Santa Paula Art Museum ©
Santa Paula Art Museum
California Oil Museum ©
California Oil Museum

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