27 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

27 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
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Paicines
— 2 nights
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Morro Bay
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 11 nights

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and West Cliff Drive. Get outdoors at Natural Bridges State Beach and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Monterey (Perry House, 17-Mile Drive, &more), Moss Landing State Beach (in Moss Landing) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, meet the residents at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning app.

Milwaukee to Santa Cruz is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in June, Santa Cruz is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paicines.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

2
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Paicines

Paicines ©
The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. On the 29th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pinnacles National Park. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and then trek along Balconies Cliffs Trails.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paicines tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Paicines takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, expect nights in Paicines to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Paicines

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad ©
Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

6
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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Step out of the city life by going to Morro Rock and Moonstone Beach. Attractions like Piedras Blancas and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Hearst Castle & Friends of the Elephant Seal), Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, stroll through Morro Strand State Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at Margarita Adventures.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay day trip planning site.

Getting from Paicines to Morro Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Morro Bay sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Margarita Adventures ©
Margarita Adventures

11
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

The American Riviera

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.
Visit Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Cold Spring Tavern and Santa Barbara Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Carpinteria (Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery & Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve), Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Lompoc (Artesia School Museum & La Purisima State Historical Park). The adventure continues: cruise along Santa Barbara Scenic Drive, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

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