39 days in California's Central Coast & Connecticut's Fairfield County Itinerary

39 days in California's Central Coast & Connecticut's Fairfield County Itinerary

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39 days in California's Central Coast & Connecticut's Fairfield County Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
San Luis Obispo
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
4
Norwalk
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria), Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Bethania Lutheran Church) and Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Santa Barbara is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 75°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Ojai, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Neverland Valley Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

9
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from San Luis Obispo: Cambria (Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, & more), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Paso Robles) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Elephant Seal Rookery, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Bishop Peak.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Luis Obispo sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Cambria, Los Osos
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

9
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship (in Aptos) and Santa Cruz (Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, & more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Norwalk.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Carmel Valley, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, Mission San Juan Bautista, The Shakespeare Society of America
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

10
nights
Norwalk

Norwalk ©
Norwalk, is the sixth most populous city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to New Milford (New Milford Historical Society and Museum, Lovers Leap State Park, & more), Danbury (Tarrywile Park & Mansion, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, & more) and Brookfield (Gurski Farm- Williams Park & Happy Landings Farm). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Sheffield Island Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Sasko Beach, admire the local landmark of St. Marks Episcopal Church, and make a trip to Flinn Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Norwalk trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monterey to Norwalk. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Monterey to Norwalk. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect Norwalk to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Norwalk

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stratford, New Canaan, Stamford, Fairfield, Danbury
Highlights from your plan
Sasko Beach ©
Sasko Beach
Sheffield Island Lighthouse ©
Sheffield Island Lighthouse
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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