29 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

29 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 30 min
1
Monterey
— 10 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Pismo Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  13 h
End: Ottawa

10
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Popular historic sites such as Mission San Antonio de Padua and Cannery Row are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Wrath Winery (in Soledad), Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Perry House, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in April: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Pinnacles National Park
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

4
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Get some historical perspective at Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light House Lens. Explore hidden gems such as Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. There's much more to do: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and stroll through Bluff Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

4
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Purisima State Historical Park and Montana de Oro State Park. Get some historical perspective at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pismo Beach: Paso Robles (Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, &more) and Morro Bay State Park (in Morro Bay). Next up on the itinerary: race across the water with a speed boat tour, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, and experience rural life at The Luffa Farm.

Planning Pismo Beach trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from San Simeon to Pismo Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Avila Beach, Morro Bay State Park, La Purisima State Historical Park, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Highlights from your plan
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

9
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Meditation Mount and Old Mission Santa Ines. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ojai Olive Oil (in Ojai), Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Hans Christian Andersen Park). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor, and hike along Cabrillo Bike Path.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Solvang, Ojai, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Meditation Mount ©
Meditation Mount
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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