3 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

3 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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3 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  10​h 30​min
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Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City

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Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Santa Cruz is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo

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San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. On the 26th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, then explore and take pictures at Avila Valley Barn, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo road trip planning app .

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In October, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Bay State Park, Speed Boats Tours
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Montana de Oro State Park
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Avila Valley Barn
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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