33 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

33 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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33 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Carmel Valley
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paso Robles
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Los Olivos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Oxnard
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Monterey (Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Carmel (Point Lobos & Carmel River State Beach) and Asilomar State Beach (in Pacific Grove). There's much more to do: cruise along West Cliff Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, and find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz day trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Santa Cruz is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, expect Santa Cruz to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Bautista and San Benito County Historical Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel Valley: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge & McWay Falls), San Juan Bautista State Historic Park (in San Juan Bautista) and Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Cima Collina, examine the collection at Moto Talbott, and walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel Valley sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Carmel Valley are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Juan Bautista, Eden Rift Vineyards, San Benito County Historical Park, Wrath Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Calcareous Vineyard and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hearst Castle and Adelaida Vineyards & Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Cambria (Amphora Gallery, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, & more). There's much more to do: take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, learn about winemaking at Ecluse Wines, and visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip maker .

Getting from Carmel Valley to Paso Robles by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Carmel Valley in July, you will find days in Paso Robles are warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Olivos.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cambria, Templeton, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Dallidet Adobe and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Anglim Winery ©
Anglim Winery
Calcareous Vineyard ©
Calcareous Vineyard
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
Los Olivos

Los Olivos ©
Los Olivos is a census-designated place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Purisima State Historical Park and Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Koehler Winery and Tercero Wines. Explore Los Olivos' surroundings by going to Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, & more) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethania Lutheran Church, and look for gifts at Vinhus.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Olivos online road trip planner .

Getting from Paso Robles to Los Olivos by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Olivos, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oxnard.

Things to do in Los Olivos

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Maria, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Casa Dumetz Wines
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

7
nights
Oxnard

Oxnard ©
Oxnard is a city in the United States, located along the coast of Southern California. Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Casa del Herrero. Your inner history buff will appreciate Meditation Mount and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oxnard: Ojai (Human Arts Gallery & Casa Barranca Organic Wine Tasting Room), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Zoo, Casa de la Guerra, & more) and Paramount Ranch (in Agoura). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Herzog Wine Cellars, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery Memorial Park.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Oxnard trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Los Olivos to Oxnard in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Los Olivos in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Oxnard: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 62°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oxnard

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Ojai, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Cemetery Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Meditation Mount ©
Meditation Mount

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