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: San Diego
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: San Diego

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online route planner .

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in August, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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