4 days in California’s Central Coast & Oceanside Itinerary

4 days in California’s Central Coast & Oceanside Itinerary

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4 days in California’s Central Coast & Oceanside Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Oceanside
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: San Diego

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and then shop like a local with State Street Underpass.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip maker website .

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in March, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), do a tasting at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, then do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and finally learn about winemaking at McPrice Myers Winery. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then do a tasting at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paso Robles, with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oceanside.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wildlife Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Jack Creek Celllars, Piedras Blancas, Speed Boats Tours, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Speed Boats Tours
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars
Jack Creek Celllars ©
Jack Creek Celllars

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Oceanside

Oceanside ©
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Mission San Luis Rey and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oceanside attractions planning site .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Oceanside in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in March since evenings lows in Oceanside dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Oceanside

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

LEGOLAND California
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LEGOLAND California ©
LEGOLAND California
Mission San Luis Rey ©
Mission San Luis Rey

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