4 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

4 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Monterey
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

The American Riviera

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 15th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip builder site.

Phoenix to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 76°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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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). Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cambria tour planning website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are a bit cooler (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Mon), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Landing State Beach, then kick back and relax at Manresa State Beach, and then stroll through Rio Del Mar State Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online itinerary planner.

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are cooler, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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