4 days in Oceanside & California's Central Coast Itinerary

4 days in Oceanside & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Oceanside
— Few hours
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night

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Oceanside

Oceanside ©
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier and then examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oceanside online attractions planner.

San Diego to Oceanside is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Oceanside. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Oceanside

Museums

Side Trip

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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through State Street Underpass, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Oceanside to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 10th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Santa Barbara in March, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Cannery Row, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey day trip tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Old Fisherman's Wharf ©
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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