29 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

29 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
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Santa Maria
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Paso Robles
— 9 nights
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Monterey
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Ojai (Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Sespe Creek, &more), Carivintas Winery (in Solvang) and Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and stroll through El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Santa Barbara is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Barbara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Nature

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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Venture out of the city with trips to Pismo Beach (Eldwaylen Ocean Park & Central Coast Kayaks) and Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & 246 Wine & Brew Tours). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

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Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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Central Coast Kayaks ©
Central Coast Kayaks
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
246 Wine & Brew Tours ©
246 Wine & Brew Tours

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Cambria (Nitt Witt Ridge, Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, &more), San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Ragged Point Overlook, &more) and San Luis Obispo (Highway 1 Discovery Route, Valencia Peak Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Margarita Adventures, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Veris Cellars, and trek along Black Hill Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles route planner.

Drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Trails

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Stepladder Ranch & Creamery ©
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Margarita Adventures ©
Margarita Adventures

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, &more). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Coast Guard Pier.

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

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

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Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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