30 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

30 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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30 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Prince George
Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
1
Paso Robles
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Carmel Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Prince George

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Morro Bay (Morro Rock, Fiona Bleu Gallery, & more), San Luis Obispo (Valencia Peak Trail, Tap It Brewing Company, & more) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Piedras Blancas, & more). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, relax in the rural setting at Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Derby Wine Estates, and hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles online trip itinerary builder .

Prince George, Canada to Paso Robles is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Prince George in November: highs in Paso Robles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Templeton
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Maria: Point San Luis Lighthouse (in Avila Beach), Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines) and Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Hans Christian Andersen Park). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, get engrossed in the history at Heritage House Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria planning tool .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Maria, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Parks Trails

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Lompoc, Solvang, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Heritage House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

7
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio (in Los Olivos), Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Soaring & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery) and Solvang (Flag Is Up Farms & Bethania Lutheran Church). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. In November in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Ojai, Solvang, Rincon Bike Trail, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

3
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel Valley: Hollister (Calera Wine Company & Eden Rift Vineyards) and Soledad (Balconies Cliffs Trails & Wrath Winery). There's much more to do: walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park, learn about winemaking at Cima Collina, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel Valley online trip builder .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel Valley in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in November: highs in Carmel Valley hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Wineries Parks Trails

Side Trips

Soledad, Hollister
Highlights from your plan
Cima Collina ©
Cima Collina
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery

7
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Cruz: Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, & more) and The Shakespeare Society of America (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, cruise along West Cliff Drive, and make a trip to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel Valley to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Moss Landing, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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