38 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

38 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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38 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  28​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Maria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paso Robles
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Carmel Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 9 nights
shuttle + Fly:  25​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

9
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: Ojai (Sulphur Mountain, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, & more), Solvang (Shoestring Winery, Flag Is Up Farms, & more) and Santa Ynez (Sunstone Vineyards & Winery & Santa Barbara Soaring). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, hike along Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara holiday builder site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Santa Barbara is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Santa Barbara is minus 13 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in February: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 22°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ojai, Solvang, Carpinteria, Santa Ynez
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

5
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Venture out of the city with trips to Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines, Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, & more), Solvang (Elverhoj Museum & Rusack Vineyards) and Point San Luis Lighthouse (in Avila Beach). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm, take an in-depth tour of Heritage House Museum, and trek along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip maker tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in February, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lompoc, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: San Luis Obispo (Cuesta Canyon County Park, Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, & more), Cambria (The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel & Fiscalini Ranch Preserve) and San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery, Hearst Castle, & more). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, learn about winemaking at Rio Seco Winery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles holiday builder site .

Drive from Santa Maria to Paso Robles in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paso Robles, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Soledad (Wrath Winery & Balconies Cliffs Trails), Hollister (Calera Wine Company & Eden Rift Vineyards) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel Valley trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel Valley takes 2 hours. Traveling from Paso Robles in February, Carmel Valley is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Soledad, Hollister, Pinnacles National Park
Highlights from your plan
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Moto Talbott ©
Moto Talbott
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, & more) and Mount Madonna County Park (in Watsonville). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and take in the waterfront activity at Santa Cruz Harbor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip planner .

Getting from Carmel Valley to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Mount Madonna County Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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