40 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

40 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
Drive
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Carmel Valley
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avila Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lompoc
— 6 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 10 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur

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Santa Cruz

— 7 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, &more), Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) and Eden Rift Vineyards (in Hollister). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Monterey Bay Hydrobikes, explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive, and take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Santa Cruz is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Santa Cruz. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, expect Santa Cruz to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel Valley

— 4 nights
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel Valley: Paicines (Pinnacles National Park & Bear Gulch Caves) and Soledad (Hahn Estate Winery, Wrath Wines, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park, do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel Valley road trip website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel Valley can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 5 nights
When you arriveĀ 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.
San Simeon is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, get advice or help at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel Valley to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel Valley in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Avila Beach

— 4 nights
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Avila Beach is known for adventure, trails, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pirate's Cove Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Avila Beach road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Avila Beach takes an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Avila Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lompoc.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Lompoc

— 6 nights
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to The Luffa Farm (in Nipomo), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, get outside with Santa Barbara Soaring, and admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lompoc travel planner.

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to Lompoc takes an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in June, you will find days in Lompoc are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Lompoc

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 10 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ojai (Bart's Books, Meditation Mount, &more). Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Lompoc to Santa Barbara in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips