27 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

27 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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27 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  26​h
1
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Solvang
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ojai
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Hanoi

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Head to Bookshop Santa Cruz and Old Monterey Farmer's Marketfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz (Natural Bridges State Beach & Pleasure Point Beach), Moss Landing (The Shakespeare Society of America & Moss Landing State Beach) and Aptos (Seacliff State Beach, Rio Del Mar State Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planning tool .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Monterey is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Hanoi to Monterey, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Aptos, Moss Landing
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Manresa State Beach ©
Manresa State Beach

6
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at State Street Underpass and Point San Luis Lighthouse. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from San Luis Obispo: San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery, Piedras Blancas, & more) and Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Ephraim Pottery West Gallery). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach, and stroll around Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo journey maker site .

You can drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Avila Beach, Cambria, Morro Bay, Eldwaylen Ocean Park
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

6
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Jalama Beach and Jalama Beach County Park. Rusack Vineyards and Sanford Winery & Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Solvang's surroundings by going to Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines & Taste of Sta. Rita Hills) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Vinhus, get into the urban bustle at Visitor Center, do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, and learn more about the world around you at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Solvang day trip app .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Solvang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Solvang sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ojai.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

6
nights
Ojai

Ojai ©
Ojai is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Carpinteria State Beach. Head to Bart's Books and Beatrice Wood Center for the Artsfor plenty of shopping. Explore Ojai's surroundings by going to Oxnard (The Collection at Riverpark, Mandalay State Beach, & more), Carpinteria (Rincon Bike Trail & Carpinteria Valley Museum of History) and Port Hueneme (U.S. Navy Seabee Museum & Point Mugu Missile Park). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Human Arts Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum, do a tasting at Topa Mountain Winery, and admire the masterpieces at Santa Paula Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ojai trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Ojai takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Solvang in July: highs in Ojai hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ojai

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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