32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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32 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Exeter
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lompoc
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Hueneme
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Exeter

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cannery Row and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Visit San Carlos Cathedral and Larkin House for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Moss Landing State Beach (in Moss Landing), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Carmel Valley (Moto Talbott, Joullian Vineyards & Winery, & more). Spend the 2nd (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and admire the masterpieces at Monterey Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey day trip tool .

Exeter, UK to Monterey is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Moss Landing State Beach, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

8
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.
Hearst Castle and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to artifacts gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: San Simeon (Piedras Blancas & Elephant Seal Rookery), Heritage House Museum (in Arroyo Grande) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles day trip website .

Getting from Monterey to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Templeton, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House and Artesia School Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Rancho Sisquoc Winery and La Purisima State Historical Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Lompoc: Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria), Solvang (Elverhoj Museum, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, & more) and Los Olivos (Fess Parker, Stolpman Vineyards, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, take a memorable drive along Santa Ynez Wine Trail, and see the interesting displays at Lompoc Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lompoc online visit planner .

Drive from Paso Robles to Lompoc in 2 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in May, expect nights in Lompoc to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Sanford Winery & Vineyards ©
Sanford Winery & Vineyards

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to State Street Underpass and Santa Barbara Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Italian Pottery Outlet. Dedicate the 22nd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lompoc to Santa Barbara takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Hueneme.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

4
nights
Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme ©
Port Hueneme is a small beach city in Ventura County, California surrounded by the city of Oxnard and the Santa Barbara Channel. You'll explore and learn at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum and Mullin Automotive Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Oxnard Beach Park and Mandalay State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Hueneme: Santa Paula (Museum of Ventura County - Agriculture Museum, California Oil Museum, & more) and Ojai (Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Meditation Mount). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at The Collection at Riverpark, examine the collection at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, and learn about all things military at Point Mugu Missile Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Hueneme online travel planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Port Hueneme by car takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Hueneme

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ojai
Highlights from your plan
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Santa Paula Art Museum ©
Santa Paula Art Museum
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

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