35 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

35 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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35 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lompoc
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Paula
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

9
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Cannery Row and Point Sur State Historic Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Salinas (The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop & National Steinbeck Center), Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) and Moto Talbott (in Carmel Valley). Spend the 10th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, examine the collection at Canepa Motorsports Museum, explore the galleries of Carmel Mission, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to Monterey. In May, Monterey is little chillier than Mexico City - with highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Moto Talbott
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Morro Bay State Park and Fiona Bleu Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Bay (Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Museum of Natural History, & more), Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Morro Strand State Beach, and see the interesting displays at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in May: highs in Cambria hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Harmony Pottery Works, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

5
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Ines. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jalama Beach and Pismo State Beach. Explore Lompoc's surroundings by going to The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo), Pismo State Beach (in Oceano) and Arroyo Grande (Heritage House Museum & Laetitia Vineyard and Winery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lompoc Valley Historical Society, have fun and explore at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, view the masterpieces at Solvang Antiques, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lompoc trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Lompoc takes 2 hours. While traveling from Cambria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lompoc, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Elverhoj Museum ©
Elverhoj Museum
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Mendenhall's Museum ©
Mendenhall's Museum

9
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Casa del Herrero. Popular historic sites such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery (in Carpinteria) and Sandpiper Golf Club (in Goleta). Dedicate the 29th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, and learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online journey builder .

You can drive from Lompoc to Santa Barbara in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Paula.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Goleta, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum ©
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

6
nights
Santa Paula

Santa Paula ©
Santa Paula is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and William S. Hart Museum & Ranch will appeal to museum buffs. Meditation Mount and Paramount Ranch will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes), Shambala Preserve (in Acton) and Malibu (El Matador State Beach, Paradise Cove, & more). Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at Camarillo Public Library, look for all kinds of wild species at Fillmore Fish Hatchery, and get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

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Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Paula in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Santa Paula are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Santa Paula

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Camarillo, Meditation Mount, Running Horse Ranch, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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