28 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

28 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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28 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  26​h
1
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Solvang
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Oxnard
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Hanoi

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Shop till you drop at Bookshop Santa Cruz and Old Monterey Farmer's Market. Get some cultural insight at Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Twin Lakes State Beach, & more), Moss Landing (Moss Landing State Beach & The Shakespeare Society of America) and Aptos (Seacliff State Beach, Rio Del Mar State Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of The Old Monterey Jail, examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Monterey is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Monterey is minus 15 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. 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 Paso Robles: Morro Bay (Morro Strand State Beach & Anchor Memorial Park), Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (in Cambria) and Pismo State Beach (in Oceano). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, contemplate the long history of Point San Luis Lighthouse, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paso Robles, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Paso Robles hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Templeton
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. Head to Vinhus and Wildling Museum of Art and Naturefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Solvang side-trips: Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, Montemar Wines, & more) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, take a stroll around Visitor Center, and take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Solvang road trip website .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Solvang in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Solvang: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oxnard.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

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

5
nights
Oxnard

Oxnard ©
Oxnard is a city in the United States, located along the coast of Southern California. Get some cultural insight at State Street Underpass and Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bart's Books and Human Arts Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Oxnard side-trips: Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Old Mission Santa Barbara, & more) and Butterfly Beach (in Montecito). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at The Collection at Riverpark, learn about all things military at Point Mugu Missile Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oxnard road trip planning site .

Drive from Solvang to Oxnard in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Solvang in August, you will find days in Oxnard are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oxnard

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

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